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That sounds like an MSR Miniworks. It's not the lightest option and not much fun to pump, but I've used a lot of filters and haven't found one that can beat it for field serviceability and cartridge life.kevinweitzel75 wrote:Looking to spend about $100, something that will filter 500 gallons plus before needing a filter change. Easy to unclog out in the field so on and so forth.
I would also recommend this filter as well. I have had it for a couple years now and its worked great. No issues with it in the field and its easy to clean.rlrjamy wrote:Not sure the specs..but under $100..katadyn hiker pro which i like a lot...my msr was a side pumper I didn't like how much energy it took but it filtered great.
At least in 'the old days', Chlor-Floc and/or iodine tablets were USMC standard issue. I would venture that they, at their normal pace, have or will adopt a more contemporary solution. I believe that there are military-issue Miox units in use, at least on a testing basis.azbackpackr wrote:I think the USMC is using one of those methods you are talking about. I just can't remember which one.
I'm sorry to hear that. It always sucks losing friends.azbackpackr wrote:Kevin, the guy who started the thread passed away suddenly in March of '09.
I think the Marines are using both the MSR Mini-Works and the MIOX. Not too sure. But it's a toss up b/w the Mini-Works or the Katadyn Hiker Pro, I think. I used my buddys Hiker Pro on the last backing trip, besides from a few clogs, the thing worked pretty good. Still, want to check all options before forking over any money. Made that mistake with my GPS.azbackpackr wrote:My son was telling me about this little thing the Marines are using, will have to ask him about it, it is available commercially as well, he said.
They both worked great for me....I returned my mini-works only after using someone's Katadyn just because it was easier and on a 50 mile bp easier is key for me....i've had both clog..if i were doing just overnights I'd probably still have my msr its a good bicep workout.kevinweitzel75 wrote:the Mini-Works or the Katadyn Hiker Pro
hiker vs. pro i think they're very similar...only had the pro at rei when i bought it. as for tabs i use them for clear water. silty water or cow tank plus tabs equals :yuck: . even filtered thru fleece or a bandanna.azbackpackr wrote:I have the Katahdyn Hiker. Is it different than the Hiker Pro? It works well but is bulky. I am thinking of switching to tablets. I
Pro = 30% higher capacity and quick-release fittings (at least according to their "technical support video").azbackpackr wrote:I have the Katahdyn Hiker. Is it different than the Hiker Pro? It works well but is bulky. I am thinking of switching to tablets. I
They're field cleanable, but different from the ceramic. The ceramic has about 3x longer life, but the Hiker cartridges seem to last quite a while for most people.hikeaz wrote:Also, as these state that they have glass fiber filters; are they field-servicable? Meaning; can they be cleaned in the field like ceramic, or are they one-in-the-same?
It is possible to lose the prime on those. You restore it by backflushing, which is also how you clean them.kevinweitzel75 wrote:Now I'm thinking the Cleanstream or the MSR Autoflow. Seems kind of nice to not have to worry about losing the prime ...
Wow, that was an old one, and perhaps the filter element had never been used at all.kevinweitzel75 wrote:I picked up an MSR Sweetwater off Craigs List for $30 or 40 bucks, can't remember. The guy selling it said he only used acouple of times, but the filter was WHITE. And when I pumped tap water, the first 3 or 4 pumps were charcole color.