Water Purification

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by PNW EOD, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. smokecheckem

    smokecheckem New Member

    Jan 21, 2018
    Been using steripen for years and never had a problem.
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  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Wow, how have I not heard of the Steripen, I'll be packing one by spring bear!
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  3. Wedgy

    Wedgy Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2013
    We go thru a couple gallons a day, how do you wave a steripen in a bucket and get it close enough to all parts of the water to have the correct contact/exposure time to kill ? Possibly in a small container but no so much on a larger scale like gallon bladders and such.
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  4. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    May 2, 2001
    With my Steripen, I treat water in a one liter drinking bottle and transfer to any larger container that is too big for the issue you mention.
  5. Elkeater

    Elkeater Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2017
    Personally I use a Sawyer squeeze water filter.its the size of a roll of quarters and weighs almost nothing.
  6. cholt64

    cholt64 Member

    May 8, 2018
    I have a steripen and I've used it once. My wife is a PA and read about them on the CDC website which advises against them and she won't let me use them anymore. We recently bought an MSR Guardian which is the most robust water filter available from what I've seen. it's expensive, but it was a pretty important piece of kit on our last backpacking trip in Big Bend National Park. The only water we found was a disgusting scum filled puddle in a otherwise dry creek bed. If we weren't able to get water from that, it would have meant an eight mile hike out of the mountains and back every day.
  7. Beardeddeer91

    Beardeddeer91 Well-Known Member

    May 14, 2018
    Another one for the Steripen. I have used the Sawyer mini filter but I like to carry a 1 liter Nalgene bottle and found the Steripen and the prefilter a great combo.
  8. carl1775

    carl1775 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2018
    I have a Katadyn hiker unit that I used first and then switched to MSR guardian. I like both and both have served well. I would like to offer the advice to add a "LifeStraw" to your pack, for back up. I know, weight and space, but considering the "rule of three," I always like to triple up on water purification, fire starting and blades. Super paranoid, I know, but better safe than sorry.
  9. scott63

    scott63 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2015
    I've used the Pur Hiker for about 15 years, the Katadyn Hiker is identical. I had a friend that had the MSR with the side handle which somehow got broken in his pack, and it was useless. At least the style that pumps straight up and down can still be used if the palm press portion were to break.

    The hiker will filter a lot of water quickly, I use 32oz gatorade bottles for water storage and you can fill one up very quickly.

    A lot of quality items can be found on ebay that have very little use, many people get geared up and take a trip or two then sell off their gear at a fraction of the price.