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[pct-l] h2o filters???
In a message dated 9/17/01 1:07:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Can anyone recommend a good water filter? (Mine up and died on my last
trip--I never liked it anyways...) By "good," I mean: lightweight, easily
operated by one person, lasts a good long time, and doesn't require plunking
down $50 every time you need to replace the cartridge. >>
Hi Monica! I like the Pur Hiker. Cartridges are guaranteed not to clog for
a year. That doesn't mean they won't clog, but Pur replaced mine with no
questions asked when I hit the cow country in Southern Oregon and was
literally pumping out of hoof prints. We won't dwell on WHAT I was pumping
through the filter. Just glad I had the filter. Their replacement policy is
a good deal for long-distance hikers. I carried a spare filter cartridge in
my drift box. Their replacement guarantee may have changed since I bought
mine in '99.
In '97 I carried a Sweetwater Guardian. It worked okay but clogged easily
and was very hard to pump. It has some kind of ceramic filter.
Brian doesn't like to carry the weight of a filter. He uses Aquamira, a
chlorine water treatment that seems to do the job for him. I don't feel
comfortable ingesting iodine for long periods of time, so wouldn't rely on
iodine tablets on a hike of more than a week or so. It may have a cumulative
effect on your system. These are just my opinions; I'm not the medical
expert but I also didn't get sick on the trail. Good luck on your hike!