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As cyclists look for ways to push themselves further, there are always limiting factors, but none greater than the ability to keep themselves alive. Wider tires get us down roads and trails we weren’t always able to ride, and the range of 1x shifting available today makes climbing the unthinkable, uh… thinkable. But you still gotta drink water to survive all that exciting off-the-beaten-path riding you hope to do. Enter Grayl. The Seattle-based water purifying mavens do one thing and they do it to perfection: allow you to drink water from the sketchiest of sources without batting an eye. Grayl has made a range of great backpacking filter systems but with the Ultrapress they deliver a water purification system that fits perfectly into a traditional metal bottle cage (I’ve tested it personally on some stainless steel King cages).
At 16.9 ounces and with an array of sharp looking colors available (to complement your frame, obviously), the Ultrapress is ultra easy to use. If you’ve used a French press you can keep yourself from ingesting nasty water by any gravel roadside you might find yourself on in about 10 seconds. The filter is lightweight and doubles as a bottle so it cuts down on what you need to carry, and it’s good for about 300 uses. It’s the perfect solution for cyclists who want to travel light but don’t want to push their luck. Safety third might be fun to say, but it’s a stupid way to go about getting into the back country on your bike (or doing most things).
Fortunately, Grayl is here to save us from ourselves.