Water Purification

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  1. PNW EOD

    PNW EOD Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I'm in the market for a water purification system for some backcountry hunting. My plans are to be out anywhere from 2-8 days, and trying to stay as light as possible. The areas I hunt have plenty of water sources, so I expect I will only have to refill on water 1X per day. Does anyone have a favorite purifier for these types of situations? Trying to keep it small so I still have plenty of pack room for other goodies.
     
  2. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Well-Known Member

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    PNW EOD Well-Known Member

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    That looks really interesting. I like the bag Idea for size/weight savings, and the price isn't bad at all compared to some of the MSR offerings. I think I'll give these a try this off season. Thanks for the response!
     
  4. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Well-Known Member

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    One thing to think about. It's not easy to fill the water bag directly from a stream. You will need something (a cup) to scoop water and pour it into the bag.

    I use a spare bag, cut in two, and rolled up with the water bag and filter as my "water scooper."
     
  5. velvetant

    velvetant Well-Known Member

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    I've been using the MSR Sweetwater since it came out many many years ago for all my back packing/camping needs.
    Must work as I have yet to get sick from water.
     
  6. rickiesrevenge

    rickiesrevenge Well-Known Member

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    I've used an MSR filter for a long time. My buddy uses a Katadyne and his is MUCH faster at filling up a bottle.

    Aaron
     
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  7. jimbires

    jimbires Well-Known Member

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    have you thought about a steripen ? we used them for about 20 days last fall on a pack in hunt . seemed to work , nobody got sick .
     
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  8. ridgewalker

    ridgewalker New Member

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    I started out 50+ years ago filtering water through multiple layers of bandana, then drops of iodine, drops of bleach, Halazone tabs, FirstAlert filter, and now the Sawyer products. Never tried a Steripen, but they seem interesting. Everything seemed to work. Just depends on how much you want to carry.

    Nothing will be perfect for every situation.
     
  9. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Steripen with pills as backup.
     
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  10. jimbires

    jimbires Well-Known Member

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    with the steripen we always used running water , and we filled our bottles up stream from the mules .
     
  11. letrbuck

    letrbuck Well-Known Member

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    Are you looking for a microfilter or purifier? For purifiers you're looking at a steripen, iodine, chlorine dioxide, and high price tag pumps like the MSR Gaurdian ($350), or a combination of a pump and tabs.

    Most places a microfilter is more than enough. There are some great gravity fed ones that are getting nice and compact
    https://www.msrgear.com/catalog/product/view/id/16277/s/autoflow-gravity-filter/category/7/
    https://www.rei.com/product/866422/platypus-gravityworks-water-filter-system-4-liter

    Just about all the pumps by MSR and Katadyn seem to be great.

    Your lightest option and what I still use more often than not is:
    https://www.rei.com/product/407071/potable-aqua-iodine-tablets

    I use one tablet per quart if I get it from a clear flowing source, 2 if it's dirtier water or from a non-flowing source
     
  12. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    They make a pre-filter for the Steripen to filter out the particulates before you purify the water with the device.
     
  13. Ed AO

    Ed AO Well-Known Member

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    MSR trailshot. Used it two weeks ago in the eagle caps. It’s great, And easy maintenance.
     
  14. Wedgy

    Wedgy Well-Known Member

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    Remember to dry your filter out if it is going to get below freezing, when the water turns to ice and expands it will ruin the filter.