If you’re a fan of outdoor adventures and often go on daring journeys far away from what generally passes for the civilized world, you surely know the importance of having access to clean water. For all of those who don’t take H2O for granted, here is the NDūR Survival Straw, a highly portable water filtering device.

The Survival Straw is the latest from NDūR’s line of innovative survival products and is meant to offer a fast, safe alternative to traditional filtration methods or devices. If you don’t have the time, the patience or the necessary place to build a fire to boil your water, the Survival Straw is a real life saver.

NDūR Survival Straw: Clean Water Anywhere

It is easy to use and pack, as it is only slightly bigger than a pen. All you have to do is dip one end of the straw in water and drink, pretty much as you would do with a normal straw. Make sure the water doesn’t touch the end that goes into your mouth.

The Survival Straw is equipped with a highly efficient miniature water filtration system based on special technology developed by Seychelle, a company that already markets a similar product. Manufacturers say the device can filter up to 25 gallons (95 liters) of water before it needs to be replaced.

The device is advertized as the ultimate portable water filtration system, capable of filtering out chemicals, micro-organisms and viruses from your water. It is said to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of microorganism such as Giardia or Cryptosporidium, 99.9999 percent of bacteria and viruses and 99.99 percent of chemicals and heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, chlorine and others. Apparently its only drawback is that it doesn’t work with salt water.

Costing only $30, NDūR’s Survival Straw makes the perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts who already have everything they need and for travelers visiting places where water is hard to come by. It could be a very efficient tool for widespread use in third world countries where fresh, clean water access is a problem. And it most definitely should be part of the survival kit of anybody preparing for the apocalypse.

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