Water Purifiers - Travel and Hiking

General Ecology First Need XLE Water Purifier 

General Ecology First Need XLE Water Purifier

Purify water naturally, instantly and ecologically! Quick, easy & convenient- no chemicals, hold time or double pumping required! Just place the blue nozzle at the end of the tube into the water you want to purify and pump the water through the purifier using the blue handle.

For Outdoor Recreation, International Travel & Emergency Preparedness.

Purification process removes waterborne disease bacteria; pathagenic cysts including giardia and cryptosporidium, pesticides, toxic chemicals and viruses *does not desalinate.

Lightweight, compact purifier with newly designed even better features including a NEW Cleanout port and updated direct connect for popular trail containers/sports bottles, double-action field serviceable pump with no hold time, sealed canister with cover, tote bag, gravity feed and the tried and trusted award-winning "Structured Matrix" chemical-free purification technology. Fast Flow Rate! An environmentally friendly product! Increased Durability and Capacity.

Independantly certified to EPA Guide Standard Protocol for Microbiological Purifiers against Bacteria, Cysts and Viruses.

First Need Pump: reliable, easy grip, palm molded handle, double action pump; fast flow.

Includes purifer cartridge, water resistant nylon tote bag; "hands free" gravity feed kit!

"Direct Connect?" purifier attaches snugly to many popular trail and bike bottles.

Award Winning: 2002 "Gear of the Year Award" Outside magazine 2002 Buyer's Guide · 2000 Consumers Choice Award - OutdoorReview.com.

The First Need series are used by the US Army and UN Peace Keeping Forces.

  • Award winning and easy to use
  • Fast flow rate
  • Lightweight and compact
  • No Hold Time or Double-Pumping
  • Indicates End of Useful Capacity
  • New and improved features include increased capacity - more debris holding capacity
  • Faster flow rate
  • Long non-kink intake hose
  • Self cleaning pre-filter with adjustable float
  • Advanced "Direct Connect" versatility......... fits more bottles and hydration packs
  • Secure connector / Pressure Relief tube
  • More secure hose for backwashing
  • Flexible Sanitary Cover relocated for easier bottle attachment
  • Increased impact resistance
  • Easier pumping
  • Environmentally friendly; no chemicals (chlorine and iodine free), no batteries or plastic bottles


  • Flow Rate: 1.89 L/min
  • Avg. Cartridge Capacity: 568 Litres 
  • Particle Retention Rating: 0.1 nominal (0.4 absolute)
  • Weight: 450 grams
  • Length: 15.9cm
  • Tube Length: 91cm
  • Working Temperature: 33°-100°F (0.5° - 38°C)

"I am back from the Sahara and the purifier worked wonders! Not a tummy trouble in sight as I drew water from desert wells along our trail. It's so much easier and quicker than using chemical alternatives. The team at Filterific were amazing with my last minute request for a First Need Deluxe - customer service far beyond the call of duty!"
Sharon Moreham, Christchurch NZ

Three series of tests were conducted by the independent laboratory at the University of Arizona to document removal of microbiological contaminants according to current EPA Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers.

The purifiers were operated for 100% of their rated capacity and challenged periodically with high concentrations of bacteria, cysts and virus. At the 60% and 75% test points the units were challenged with "worst case" water according to protocol. Additionally, the systems were allowed to stagnate for 48 hours after the 50%, 75% and 100% test points to demonstrate that no microbiological growth through the cartridge occurred.

% Reduction (geometric average of 3 units)
 Bacteria CystsVirus Polopviurs
type I
Test Point
% of Rated Capacity
Klebsiella terrigenaCryptosporidiumRotavirus SA-11
48 hr. stagnationNGNGNG
48 hr. stagnationNGNGNG
*= Worst case challenge water. NG = No Growth

Expect to pay: $220.00
Our Price: $195.00
Price includes GST
Delivery Cost For This Item
Australia Wide: $17.65

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Price: $195.00

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PRICING: Listed in Australian dollars Aus Price $195.00 inc. GST