Platypus QuickDraw MicroFilter System Review
GOOD VALUE – The QuickDraw has an MSRP of $50, which is slightly more than the comparable Sawyer Squeeze (currently $41). That said, it’s still an excellent value, and we don’t mind paying a few dollars more to get the high-quality reservoir that comes with it. For reference, the Katadyn BeFree also costs $50.
Platypus claims you should be able to filter 1,000 L of water with a QuickDraw cartridge, which pencils out to about $0.05 per liter. Compare that to the cost per liter of treating with chlorine dioxide drops and pills; Katadyn Micropur Water Tabs cost about $0.50 per liter, and Aquamira Drops roughly $0.13 per 1 L.
In the grand scheme, this system is quite affordable, especially compared to a heavy-duty purifier, like the MSR Guardian. If you’re willing to properly maintain the QuickDraw to get many trips out of it, the price is well worth it.