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The Brown Filter Bag - Personal size

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The Brown Filter Bag - Personal size


Weight: 110 g         4 reviews
The Brown Filter Bag – Personal size, is a lightweight, compact, and durable canvas water filter that is easy to use and carry. It can be used on its own as a highly effective sediment water filter and this smaller, personal version, holds up to 3 litres.

The Brown bag is also effective when used in conjunction with a combined filter/purification system as a pre filter to prevent clogging and extending the filtering life of the system.

The Brown filter bag available in two sizes, personal and group, each is virtually unbreakable and has an unlimited filtering capacity.

The Brown filter bag is a product that Rupert Brown of Browns Bushcraft started to develop back in 2011. After difficulty trying to source the original Millbank bags, Rupert traced the original manufacturer of the military canvas and has had the exact same specification made, but without the potentially harmful copper anti rotting compound found in the early military bags. These are now made in the UK.

Endorsed by SAS survival legend John “Lofty” Wiseman.

Using your Brown bag for the first time:
  • Prior to using your brand new Brown bag on your next trip, expedition or adventure it is essential that the new bag is broken in before. The fibres and weave of the canvas need to be loosened up and opened in order to maximise its performance
How to break in your new Brown bag:
  • Saturate the bags in water, squeeze the water through the bags to ensure they are fully wetted.
  • Then be rough with them! Scrunch them up, massage and squeeze the bags. This will help to soften the canvas and open up the fibres.
  • Repeat the process 3/4 times allowing the bag to dry in-between.
  • You can also put the bags in the washing machine. Place in a clean washing machine on a cold rinse cycle with NO detergent and NO fabric softener. Always remove the paracord before placing in washing machine.
How to use the Brown bag:
  • Once you have found a source of water to be filtered, make sure you have a suitable point to hang the bag from when its full of water. You can for example use a tree, tripod or vehicle.
  • Start by thoroughly soaking the bag in water, massage the water through the bag to ensure it is saturated.
  • Fill the bag to the top with water to be filtered. It sometimes helps to use a cup to scoop water in to fill the bag to the top.
  • Allow the water in the bag to flow down to the stitched line that’s runs across the front of the bag approx. ¼ of the way down the bag. Do not collect this water, allow it to run onto the ground. This helps remove any debris on the outside of the bag and prevent it from dropping into your collecting pot.
  • Once the water has flowed down to the line you can place a vessel under the bag to collect the filtered water. If the water is very dirty you can always pass it through the bag a second time. The water will take between 5 and 10 minutes to pass through the bag.
  • Once the water has been filtered it must be purified. Although it may look clean it may contain pathogens which need to be removed by purification. The water can be purified by being brought to a rolling boil, adding chemicals or using a purification system.
After use and care:
  • After each use turn the bag inside out and remove any built up sediment and debris. You can wash it out in clean water or allow the bag to dry out, this enables you to knock the dried sediment out once dried. Make sure the bag is thoroughly dried before storing away for your next adventure!

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  Delivery in 1-2 days within the United Kingdom
  UK Orders placed before 2PM GMT will be dispatched the same working day
  Overseas delivery times will vary depending on the destination

Please note that our offices are closed at weekends, so any orders placed after 2PM GMT on a Friday will not be dispatched until the following Monday.

Orders with a total value over £300.00 will be dispatched free via a next day delivery service within the UK at no extra cost.

Please note that in some instances, orders for heavy items may take an extra day to arrive.

  Overseas deliveries
For overseas deliveries, please refer to the following estimated delivery times:

  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


A full refund or exchange will be given provided that the items have not been worn or used, and are returned to us within 30 days of purchase, together with all relative labels and packaging. You are responsible for the cost of returning items.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your invoice, along with an explanation of why you have returned your goods. If you wish to return your goods for any reason, please do so to the following address:

Woodlore Limited
PO Box 3
East Sussex
TN19 7ZE
United Kingdom

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Product Reviews

The Brown Filter Bag - Personal size is rated 5/5 based on 4 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 4

  Lovely simple piece of kit, light, cheap and no moving parts, equals exped ready. Haven’t yet tried it for real yet but it worked beautifully from a puddle in the garden Pricing and delivery was fab. Arrived next day. Highly recommended.  

2nd June, 2021

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 4

  I received brilliant service while ordering this item. The item was shipped to Germany and I received it within 5 days. Paul and his team worked wonders. Thank you very much. After breaking in the filter bag,I tested it in the woods behind my house. There was quite a bit of sediment in the water. It really worked a charm. The water was clear and ready for boiling. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this product. Simple and effective.  

  Carl Lessing
13th May, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 4

  After purchasing a few inferior versions of the millbank bag I did some research and the gentleman who makes these went through a lot of trouble to gather the original info and materials to make these properly. I purchased this one and its far superior than any of the others out there. Do yourself a favor and get the one that's basically the original. You'll save money and get proper filtration not to mention proper flow.  

  Steven Mullinax
28th May, 2018

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 4

  Excellent product and seller!  

  Sotirios Tsagariolos
15th May, 2018

Rated: 5/5

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