Originally Posted by esshup
Thanks! I plan on having a filter in the pack - although I will also have a 3l bladder. I know that I may be overplanning for only day trips from camp, but we will be camping over an hour from the closest town.....
Some folks like filters and some purification tablets.
I've used both and I like tablets.
Tablets are a lot less bulky and lighter.
Tablets are much easier to use. It takes a lot of work/pumping, often in awkward positons, to get a quart of water. You can spend time pumping water or hunting.
Filter pumps are susceptible to mechanical break down, tubes falling off, etc. and IMO more susceptible to contamination.
Filters get clogged.
And IMO chemicals are more reliable than filters in purifying water.
If you prefer a filter, I would recommend looking at a bottle with an in line filter and have a spare filter. A lot easier to use, but still some effort sucking the water out of the drinking tube.