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Re: Water Filters

Postby Nico » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:17 pm

Thanks Maverick.

Been lurking for a while and finally figured it was time to participate. I'm active on the BPL forums and do at least a handful of trips each year into the Sierra. I come to this site fairly often looking for trail/condition updates. Looking forward to participating more in the future.

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Postby sheperd80 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:40 pm

Im using a katadyn hiker pro. Its not as light as the sawyer or steripen thats for sure. But i use it for both solo hikes and family camping trips. It fits both roles well. I like the lack of batteries, and the fact I can drop the line in any kind of water and pump straight to my bladder, or any other container.


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Re: Water Filters

Postby Silverfox » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:00 pm

Been using the original SteriPen for years and works well. Occasional issues when cold. Just bought the Journey for last trip, because of the easier use and had major problems. First night filtered 6 liters, no problem. Next day the pen showed low battery in the morning, even though it had new batteries. In the afternoon, went to change batteries, decided to give it one more try and filtered 10 liters of water with no problems. Day 3- got low battery signal, tried again and again with no luck. Changed batteries and same issue. Journey Pen never worked for rest of trip. Going to take it back. Wondering if others had similar issues with the Journey, is there another model that is preferred? Appreciate your input.

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Re: Water Filters

Postby RichardCullip » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:16 am

I carry both a Sawyer Squeeze filter and a Steripen Adventurer Opti. I use the Steripen when on the move and it does a quick job of getting a liter of water ready to drink. I use a cut-off 2 Liter Platypus bag as a scoop. Just scoop up a liter of water, zap it with the Steripen and pour the water into two Gatorade bottles I carry on my shoulder straps. Quick and easy and I'm on the move again in no time. When in camp, I use the Sawyer filter in a gravity setup with a 4L Big Zip bag as a dirty water bag and a 3L Platypus as a clean bag. I use the same scoop that I use for the Steripen to get water into the dirty bag. Once I've got 3L or so of water in the dirty bag, I haul it back into camp and connect up the tubing and filter, hang it up and about 5mins later I've got 3L of clean water for use in the evening and following morning.
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Re: Water Filters

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:29 pm

First, here are the locations of the two other posts that people have referenced regarding DIY gravity filters.

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=8702
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7251

Second, we are so going to do this! I'm tired of pumping water. It's not clear from the Sawyer or REI websites how easy it is to use the squeeze as a gravity system, if the squeeze and other filters they sell are similar in flow rate and usage, the weight difference between the systems, etc. Does anyone have more information on these topics? It's just for two of us, but we like to take care of the evening filtering all at once and we like to take fill bladders in the morning,
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Re: Water Filters

Postby rlown » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:59 pm

On the last trip with some "Board Certified" members :D , I saw 5 different treatment methods:

1) pump (me) hiker pro
2) iodine drops
3) Steripen
4) drinking raw from an outlet stream (yuk) esp since an old guy just bathed there.
5) gravity filter http://www.bentgate.com/shop/platypus/platypus-gravity-works-4l-water-filter-13798?AdID=17170cm00cm038177

I like my pump, but i was most impressed with 5, except when he hung it over my pack from a tree because there was a nail there to hang it on.

It might be in my future. It was fast.

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Re: Water Filters

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:54 pm

Rlown wrote:
1) pump (me) hiker pro


Good one Russ. :)

The gravity filter did look good, used one several years back, not this newer
one. If I hiked with larger groups it would be the way to go, but being solo
the steripen is the most convenient and practical for my usage.
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Water Filters

Postby camptramp » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:38 pm

Still using my old MSR pump (25+- years old) - doesn't look much different from the newer model - guess it's doing its job - no parasites yet - that I know of - but looking to lighten up - so am considering the SteriPEN
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Re: Water Filters

Postby overheadx2 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:44 pm

Just an update. I changed out my 8 liter gravity filter with an ultra light sea to summit 13 liter bag, and then filtered water into the 8 liter sea to summit ultra light (2 oz) waterproof bag as a bucket with a larger hose connected to the bottom for high flow. One trip to the stream gave us enough water for cooking dinner and breakfast for seven. We always had a bag of clean water hanging around for use. Hung the 13 liter bag from a tree branch, and then attached a cord to that same branch for the bucket below. This way the bags are always the perfect distance from each other for filtering.
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Re: Water Filters

Postby longri » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:44 pm

overheadx2 wrote:One trip to the stream gave us enough water for cooking dinner and breakfast for seven.

Is this in the Sierra? If so I'm curious, why bother to filter water for cooking?
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Re: Water Filters

Postby rlown » Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:00 pm

ditto anywhere. don't filter water you're gonna boil.
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Re: Water Filters

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:38 pm

Rlown wrote:
ditto anywhere. don't filter water you're gonna boil.


Agreed, total waste of time and especially fuel.
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