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COhunter
03-26-2011, 09:46 PM
whats the best light wight water filter out there??

mthuntress
03-26-2011, 11:47 PM
I like the PUR Hiker it's 11 ounces.

*******
03-30-2011, 08:21 PM
I like my MSR pump. It is bigger than lots of other ones out there but the ceramic filter is so easy to clean! I have run black mud/water through it and had great results.

twp1224
04-04-2011, 12:18 PM
I researched water filters a while back, but decided to go with iodine. It came down to weight and price for me. Iodine was lighter and cheaper than a water filter. It also takes up less space in my pack.

CoHiCntry
04-04-2011, 12:42 PM
Another vote for the Katadyn Pur Hiker Pro... you can save on room and weight with a chemical application but I'm not fond of sediment and other gunk in my water. Grosses me out! Taste can be an issue too, especially with iodine tablets. Carry some type of chemical/ tablets as a backup just in case.

S&S Archery
04-04-2011, 12:53 PM
I have used the MSR hyperflow for three years now. It is an awesome filter and I believe one of the lightest and smallest. Super easy to clean and operate. Mine hooks right up into my hydration tube so I don't ever have to take it out of the pack.

elktracker
04-04-2011, 12:57 PM
I use a MSR Sweetwater, it weighs 11 ounces also. It pumps fast, the filter is easy to clean and it is dependable. Those 3 factors are more important to me than a couple ounces of weight one way or the other. I have used some other filters and they take forever just to get a liter of water filtered, the Sweetwater is the fastest I have used but I've never tried the PUR Hiker.

I have used iodine before, the drawbacks were having to wait 20 minutes to drink the water, the taste, and then not being able to just top off your water whenever it was convenient without having to retreat it. Whatever works for you though.

MT backcountry hunter
04-04-2011, 04:39 PM
If you can do without a filter I would recommend Aquamira. No after taste like iodine, just depends if you can get clear water or if you are filtering out of a wallow. :). For a filter the hyperflow from MSR is a great option. The website I work for sells both.

Rob P
04-06-2011, 12:26 PM
http://www.clearbrookwaterbottlefilters.com/

Have any of you used this type of water filter before? I first saw a very similar product at the ISE, but didn't buy one. I know Katadyn makes one that is similar, but you have to suck the water out from what I understand. This one allows you to squeeze the bottle. It's very light weight, don't remember the exact weight, but definitely lighter than my Hiker pro. Plus it eliminates the need for a regular water bottle. Just wondering if anyone has any info on them.

CoHiCntry
04-06-2011, 06:32 PM
http://www.clearbrookwaterbottlefilters.com/

Have any of you used this type of water filter before? I first saw a very similar product at the ISE, but didn't buy one. I know Katadyn makes one that is similar, but you have to suck the water out from what I understand. This one allows you to squeeze the bottle. It's very light weight, don't remember the exact weight, but definitely lighter than my Hiker pro. Plus it eliminates the need for a regular water bottle. Just wondering if anyone has any info on them.

I've not used one of these. I'm sure it would be fine for certain applications. My issue would be it only holds 22 oz. which wouldn't get me very far... Would you use it to filter water then add it to your bladder?

S&S Archery
04-06-2011, 07:07 PM
http://www.clearbrookwaterbottlefilters.com/

Have any of you used this type of water filter before? I first saw a very similar product at the ISE, but didn't buy one. I know Katadyn makes one that is similar, but you have to suck the water out from what I understand. This one allows you to squeeze the bottle. It's very light weight, don't remember the exact weight, but definitely lighter than my Hiker pro. Plus it eliminates the need for a regular water bottle. Just wondering if anyone has any info on them.

They are pretty cool for day hikes but not really practical for backpacking. As you can only get 22oz or so at a time. Also the one I had you had to squeeze pretty hard to get the water to come out which was a pain.

elktracker
04-06-2011, 10:34 PM
http://www.clearbrookwaterbottlefilters.com/

Have any of you used this type of water filter before? I first saw a very similar product at the ISE, but didn't buy one. I know Katadyn makes one that is similar, but you have to suck the water out from what I understand. This one allows you to squeeze the bottle. It's very light weight, don't remember the exact weight, but definitely lighter than my Hiker pro. Plus it eliminates the need for a regular water bottle. Just wondering if anyone has any info on them.

I have used Katadyn's version on day trips and it works out ok, you can squeeze the bottle on theirs as well. It's fast as far as filling up goes but it takes a lot of work to get much of a drink because you are filtering the water as you drink. And like S&S said it only holds 22oz so you have to have access to water all the time to refill it. I think overall they are more of a pain than they are worth.

elktracker
04-06-2011, 10:42 PM
I have used the MSR hyperflow for three years now. It is an awesome filter and I believe one of the lightest and smallest. Super easy to clean and operate. Mine hooks right up into my hydration tube so I don't ever have to take it out of the pack.

The hyperflow looks like an awesome filter set up from the videos I just watched but it gets a lot of negative reviews on REI. Have you ever had any problems with it clogging? It sounds like it is really fragile as well, like it can't be exposed to freezing temps or dropped. People on REI said they were having it clog with as little as 5 liters of clean water being pumped through and back-flushing wouldn't solve the problem. Another complaint was that the floating prefilter sucks a lot of air. Just wondering if you have experienced any of these issues. Thanks.

S&S Archery
04-06-2011, 11:03 PM
The hyperflow looks like an awesome filter set up from the videos I just watched but it gets a lot of negative reviews on REI. Have you ever had any problems with it clogging? It sounds like it is really fragile as well, like it can't be exposed to freezing temps or dropped. People on REI said they were having it clog with as little as 5 liters of clean water being pumped through and back-flushing wouldn't solve the problem. Another complaint was that the floating prefilter sucks a lot of air. Just wondering if you have experienced any of these issues. Thanks.

Yeah if I remember right a lot of the early models had some clogging problems and that is most of the bad reviews on REI. I always back flush mine in between trips when I get home and have never had a problem.

The pre-filter has a little velcro attachment on it that I always use to attach a small rock and submerge the pre-filter.

As far as freezing I have read that as well but once again I haven't had a problem. I backpack starting next weekend for Bear all the way through the end of November so I've hit some pretty cold temps.

Rob P
04-06-2011, 11:49 PM
I have used Katadyn's version on day trips and it works out ok, you can squeeze the bottle on theirs as well. It's fast as far as filling up goes but it takes a lot of work to get much of a drink because you are filtering the water as you drink. And like S&S said it only holds 22oz so you have to have access to water all the time to refill it. I think overall they are more of a pain than they are worth.

Thanks. Think ill just stick with my hiker pro then

wileywapiti
04-10-2011, 08:57 AM
im not even going to lie to anyone. the Katadyn Base Camp Micro Filter is by far the best filter system i have used......it is a little bigger but the amount of water and how fast you get water is unbelievable. it is more of a base camp filter, but it holds a lot of water and can just be opened up to fill bottles or fill up other "holding tanks".

the way four of us used it was to pack in a "holding tank", a collapsible plastic 5 gallon h2o container, and we just kept that full of clean water. we usually filled it once a day. plenty of water for 4 of us everyday. it was quick and the filter never clogged, but we did keep it out of the moss and vegetation. i would never go into the backcountry without it.....just saves a lot of time and energy. one or two times a day filling up the bag, and you have water for days. takes a couple of minutes to filter the bag full of water (about 2.5 gallons of water), is all.

its not as small and handy on the trail, but for over a week use.....you cant beat it. it will save you time and energy and you will always have more than one bottle of h2o on hand at all times.

kkruse
08-11-2011, 08:53 PM
Has anyone ever used the MSR MIOX system? Just curious what the thoughts are.

T43
08-11-2011, 09:04 PM
I use the Sawyer squeeze water filter. Light weight and works great. I also carry 2 of the bags for it empty just in case one leaks or I need to pack more water for some reason.

dhershberger
08-11-2011, 11:29 PM
I'd recommend using the Katadyn Micropure water tablets, they are fast, effective, and pretty affordable. Also if you want to be extremely lightweight use a "steripen". The steripen is a water purifier that uses an advanced shade of light to take out the harmful contents in water. Just be sure to bring a few extra batteries in case they run out but the steripen has great battery life and can purify liters and liters of water.

Reflex
08-12-2011, 06:53 AM
I use iodine tablets, but am seriously considering getting a steripen.

KimmesFarms
08-19-2011, 07:31 PM
Use to use a pump filter, but don't care for the added bulk and weight. I bought a Steripen Adventure Opti, and their Fits All 40 micron pre filter.

Bitterroot Bulls
08-19-2011, 07:57 PM
I have used the Steripen Adeventurer Opti for my scouting trips this year and it is remarkably convenient. The only thing I learned (the hard way) is that the steripen won't activate the UV light if the water sensor doesn't sense water. The Water Sensor senses minerals in the water, not the water itself. If the water is TOO pure, there aren't minerals for the sensor, and the sensor won't allow the UV lamp to activate. I filled my bottle straight out of the bottom of an icefield, and the steripen blinked red at me and wouldn't illuminate in the water. I was puzzled and ended up boiling water in the jetboil for the hike out.

I got home and read the manual finding that Steripen recommends carrying a small amount of salt to pinch into the water if it is too pure, and the steripen gives you the red light.

With that figured out, I am very impressed with the ease of use of the Steripen. I also have the prefilter. Altogether the system is like 6 ounces ... and no pumping.