I just used the hand pump to speed up the filtering process. When hiking I just disconnect it and use the bladder with the inline filter still attached. It's a pretty flawless system for backpackinggeigerrig hydration engine looks great I'm just concern with two tubes hanging ..Did it affect you in anyway
I've had the Sawyer system bag pop. Pretty much useless when this happens.
These days, I much prefer chlorine dioxide tablets. Fast acting, no bad taste, weigh next to nothing.
Katadyn Drinking Water Tablets - 30 Pack : Cabela's