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Water Filters?

Posted: Jul 21 2002 2:31 pm
by evenstarx3
Got an REI gift card from my kid for my B-day and thinking of getting a water filter. Suggestions please?

Posted: Jul 21 2002 4:46 pm
by dennisbench
Well, if your gonna go with a filter I have to recommend the MSR Miniworks filter. Its very easy to use, cleans in the field, and has been very reliable. I also have friends with the Miniworks, and they have not had any problems either. I think it runs about $70. Well thats my 2 cents.

Posted: Jul 21 2002 4:54 pm
by BoyNhisDog
The PUR hiker has been a good one for me and it has won some awards in Backpacking magazine. It will fill your container very quickly. It is light and reliable.

Posted: Jul 21 2002 5:06 pm
by joebartels
I bought a PUR about three years ago. Basically, just went into REI and said give me the best.

Then a year or two ago I think it was recalled. Guess I should of responded to that friggin recall. Now I have a one pound six point eight ounce toy :lol:

Think I'll go check out their site before I forget again. Not that it matters, I'll never go backpacking!

Posted: Jul 21 2002 5:45 pm
by Lizard
I bought a PUR hiker a few years ago on Backpacker Magazine's recommendation (it was given an Editor's choice award). The thing clogged up quickly, so I go a replacement cartridge, then proceeded to break the pump handle while trying to force a clogged pump to flow. Bought a new unit, clogged it up, replaced it with an MSR miniworks. After a few months of use, I figured I had licked this water filter problem, so I took it with me on my PCT thruhike. It clogged after two weeks of hiking and so I replaced the catridge. This clogged after three weeks and I threw the whole mess in the trash and replaced it with Agua Mira. Another thruhiker had recommended this to me. Simple, effortless, lightweight, tasteless, and effective against everything, I've used Agua Mira ever since and am 100% satisfied.

If you only backpack a few times a year a filter may be ok for you, but once you start getting into being in the outdoors as often as possible, you'll want another solution. In her book on thruhiking, Karen Berger states that water filters are "easy winners in the category of most vilified equipment."

Lizard

Posted: Jul 21 2002 5:53 pm
by BoyNhisDog
teva wrote:I bought a PUR about three years ago. Basically, just went into REI and said give me the best.

Then a year or two ago I think it was recalled. Guess I should of responded to that friggin recall. Now I have a one pound six point eight ounce toy :lol:
There was a problem with the Voyager which was a purfier too. It is still a good filter, you just replace the filter pack with a Hiker unit and then you have to purify it seperately. The original had teh iodine in the filter unit and when it went through the charcol, the iodine was pulled before it killed the remaining bacteria and viruses.

I use SweetWater chlorine treatment. I try to find the clearest water to filter so it will not clog but as Lisard says, they can and do clog.

I want to try the Aqua Mira.

Posted: Jul 21 2002 6:30 pm
by CindyC
I have a MSR also and have had it for 5 years. With a family of 8 it gets used often and I've never had any problems with it. :wink:

Posted: Jul 22 2002 6:58 am
by mtoomeyaz
I'm also recently in the market for a filter. I've not heard of or seen Agua Mira. Any details please? Is it carried somewhere in the valley? I always like to see/touch stuff (especially clothes) first, even if I end up buying catalog. Thanks.

Posted: Jul 22 2002 7:50 am
by evenstarx3
Thanks for the tips; gonna head for REI later this morning and take a look at the PUR Hiker and the MSR Mini. Please let me get outta there with just the filter....please! :lol:

Posted: Jul 22 2002 8:17 am
by joebartels
Hooli, let us know what kind of tent you get. Remember those kayaks are for experienced individuals like jeremy or daryl. You and I are just suppose to look. My favorite is to jump in one and yell Yahoo! The over hyper employees all the sudden turn cold on ya :lol:

Posted: Jul 22 2002 8:29 am
by evenstarx3
Already got a kayak.... 8)

Posted: Jul 22 2002 9:05 am
by evenstarx3
teva wrote: My favorite is to jump in one (kayak) and yell Yahoo! The over hyper employees all the sudden turn cold on ya :lol:
Tell ya what, Teva :P .....I'm gonna wear my HAZ tee shirt when I visit REI and if they immediately form a protective perimeter around the kayaks I'll know they remember you :lol:

Posted: Jul 22 2002 1:54 pm
by Lizard
mike t wrote:I'm also recently in the market for a filter. I've not heard of or seen Agua Mira. Any details please? Is it carried somewhere in the valley? I always like to see/touch stuff (especially clothes) first, even if I end up buying catalog. Thanks.
Aqua Mira was not at REI when I looked for it, but it can be found at Popular stores. What it is is chlorine dioxide and an activator. When the two chemicals are mixed together they release oxygen, which kills microorganisms. There are good reviews of Pristine (an identical product marketed in Canada), found at Backpack Gear Test

Posted: Jul 22 2002 2:38 pm
by evenstarx3
Bought the PUR Hiker with my kid's present and got away clean! Only spent $745.68 of my own money :!: :lol:
Just kidding :wink: ....only spent $45.58 of my own $$$$'s. As long as the stock market has me practicing, just in case, phrases like, "Can I super size that for you?" and "Would you like fries with that?" I'm on an austerity binge. :cry:

Posted: Jul 22 2002 3:04 pm
by Paintninaz
evenstarx3 wrote: As long as the stock market has me practicing, just in case, phrases like, "Can I super size that for you?" and "Would you like fries with that?"
have you thought about a "cute jeep tours" business? :lol:

BTW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :D

Posted: Jul 22 2002 3:42 pm
by evenstarx3
Paintninaz wrote:
have you thought about a "cute jeep tours" business? :lol:
Oh, Yeah.....I could paint the Jeep pink and it'd really be cute....and of course, I'd wear my pink HAZ shirt :!: :roll:

Thanks, Tracy :wink:

That explains it

Posted: Jul 22 2002 4:57 pm
by Randy
I guess it's the Jeep.....I wasn't sure about the new nickname; if it was a cute guy with a jeep or a guy with a cute jeep.

Shucks, I think you're both cute now. After a few weeks on the trail you'd be downright irresistable....

Happy Birthday-It's so great not to be the oldest guy here :lol: -Randy

Re: That explains it

Posted: Jul 22 2002 5:13 pm
by evenstarx3
Randy wrote: Shucks, I think you're both cute now. After a few weeks on the trail you'd be downright irresistable....
Note to self.....Do NOT go on extended hike with Randy :!: :lol:

Re: Water Filters?

Posted: Oct 10 2010 7:43 pm
by kevinweitzel75
Looking at buying a water filter in the next week or so. Most of the threads here are a little old, maybe there has been a new model that has come out that works really good. 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. Any suggestions?

Re: Water Filters?

Posted: Oct 10 2010 7:47 pm
by BobP
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.