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Water Filters

Post by ExploreABitMore » Mon May 06, 2013 12:56 pm

Well, after 10 years of not filtering water, I finally got a parasite! Decided to start filtering my water again.

Just curious what are the new fancy, easy-to-use water filters everybody is using these days?

Thanks for any tips!


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Post by gary c. » Mon May 06, 2013 2:04 pm

When it's just myself and maybe a buddy I carry a SteriPEN Journey and have been very happy with it.
http://www.trailspace.com/gear/steripen/journey-lcd/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

When I go with a group we take a Katadyn Base Canp and that works best for us. I couple guys will carry empty 1gl jugs to fill once we reach camp and we will have all the water we need without having to run back and forth with a pump.
http://www.trailspace.com/gear/katadyn/base-camp/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

What seems to be the hot new thing is the Sawyer Sqeeze Filter. I know a couple guys that have them and I think if I were in the market that is what I would take a good look at.
http://www.trailspace.com/gear/sawyer/s ... er-filter/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by Scouter9 » Mon May 06, 2013 3:14 pm

Sawyer Squeeze. For sure. You just need to also pack the lower half of a plastic one-quart milk container, in case you need to scoop water rather than submerge the "dirty bag" to fill it. The Sawyers filter as fast as a pump, last longer and can be easily field-serviced.

What an upgrade and weight savings from my older pumps!

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Post by sparky » Mon May 06, 2013 6:21 pm

I use steripen too. Light, easy, quick, zero complaints

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Post by ExploreABitMore » Mon May 06, 2013 7:00 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. That sawyer squeeze looks pretty cool. I'm liking the new gravity filters too. Now, I just gotta make up my mind!

Thanks again.
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Post by AlmostThere » Mon May 06, 2013 7:31 pm

I have a squeeze, and went back to using the pump for now. I use a gravity filter (homemade with a Platypus cleanstream inline filter) the rest of the time.

Needing to pump water out of a tiny spring's mossy basin would be impractical with a squeeze or gravity filter - the rest of the time, the gravity filter is less work, only slightly more weight, and makes a nice water bag for putting out campfires or taking a shower.

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Post by maverick » Mon May 06, 2013 7:41 pm

Another vote for the Steripen. Been using it for years and quite happy with it.
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Post by Tollermom » Mon May 06, 2013 7:47 pm

I have a Sawyer...which I found a bit tricky to fill up from a lake. I also just bought the SteriPen Ultra.

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Post by Rockchucker » Mon May 06, 2013 7:49 pm

I have the squeez and steri pen. I like the squeez where there is plenty of water flowing and somewhat clean. The pen is great for questionable water that may or may not have extra particulate matter. No matter what I carry a back up of aqua mira just in case.
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Re: Water Filters

Post by LMBSGV » Mon May 06, 2013 10:36 pm

Another long-time Steripen user. Light, small, easy to use. However, it is for people who hike solo or with one other person.

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