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    OT: Water Filters

    Trying to figure out which water filter to buy. I'm looking for feedback. If you've got one and love it or hate it post up your comments. I'm looking for one small enough that I can stick in my camel bak for long all day rides. I'm not interested in the iodine drops/pills and not interested in the steri-pen. Thanks!

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    Love my MSR. Many years no issues. Plenty small enough to carry in my camelbak. Screws right into the top of a Nalgene bottle.
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    pdh, since yours is designed to fit on a nalgene bottle how easy/difficult is it to fill a camel bak directly?

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    Ive got the hiker pro: packs pretty light
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    The threads don't match up but it can be done. A third hand would help. A little difficult to hold both the bladder and filter. I usually fill the Nalgene then fill the bladder. I originally purchased it for hiking/camping, but use it more when I ride. Depending on what pack you have, it's not much to carry both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    Ive got the hiker pro: packs pretty light
    Those quick connects are a great idea!
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    Hey trentpaulk, I have a Sweetwater Guardian I got at REI a few years back. Always good when I carry it, really bad on long rides through Vail when I don't. It's fairly compact and easy to stuff in your pack.

    When I have filtered it has been mostly into one or two bottles to tide me over until a fresh source, so I just stand the bottle somewhere flattish and try not to knock it over. I have used it across the front range and summit county mostly, with some questionable sources. Drank it, tasted good, looked clean and I'm "not dead yet". So it works.

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    Why are you not interested in a Steripen? I used one on the CTR. My buddy had a MSR filter. Honestly, we were a bit nervous with me bringing a steripen, but it was more reliable than the filter. It is a fraction of the size and weight, and cheaper in the long run when you factor in having to buy replacement cartridges. If you carry a bottle, it is the perfect setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdh View Post
    Those quick connects are a great idea!
    Yes, and they are compatible with the connections on Dakine bladders too.

    I have been happy with mine.
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    Katadyn Hiker Pro hands down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    Katadyn Hiker Pro hands down.

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    portable water filters are not an off-topic subject, j/s

    for moar lulz, i use an ancient pur that gets a filter change once a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedier racer View Post
    Why are you not interested in a Steripen?

    Uh... grit, taste
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    I keep Aqua Mira drops in my pack at all times. I've got a barely used steri pen i'd let go for cheep...

    I would probably take a filter with the quick connects if I did the CT again, but for a day ride I vote Aqua Mira.

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    another one for Katadyn hiker pro.water coming out of it tastes good and doesn't make you sick and the quick connects are handy too.the only way they could improve it is if there was a switch you could flip so it turned creek water into bourbon.I can see it now the Katadyn drunkard pro.
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    I've had 3 steri pens and they all got taken back to Return Every Item. Not reliable. Never knew if it was going to fire or not. Kept giving me the frowny-face indicator. Never had my sweet water or MSR do that. And the MSR is just a little bulkier.
    The situation that really frustrated me was when I was running low on water and came to a source. I would then have to add contaminated water to a bottle or camelbak containing clean water to sterilize with the pen. If the pen didn't fire, I was suddenly completely out of drinkable water.
    I have a connection for my MSR that plugs into the end of my hydration hose so I don't even have to remove the bladder from my pack.
    Simple. Reliable. Batteries not included.
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    Love my katydin as well. Super-clean flavor--pure. Easy to operate and long filter life.

    It's great not being limited to where a 100 oz bladder and a 20oz bottle can take me!
    All other things are rarely equal . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarateChicken View Post
    portable water filters are not an off-topic subject, j/s

    for moar lulz, i use an ancient pur that gets a filter change once a year
    Is it a Pur Hiker? If so... where the hell do you get cartridges any more?

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    Katadyn and PUR filters

    I agree that the Katadyn Hiker water filter is ideal. The Katadyn replacement filter cartridges are compatible with the "ancient" PUR Hiker filter system--it's the same design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkMaster View Post
    I keep Aqua Mira drops in my pack at all times. I've got a barely used steri pen i'd let go for cheep...

    I would probably take a filter with the quick connects if I did the CT again, but for a day ride I vote Aqua Mira.
    Me too on both counts. Did I write this post?

    My Steripen can be had cheap as I don't trust them any more. Filter with quick connects right to bottle or bladder is the way to go w/ Aqua Mira as the plan B..
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    just carry this and forget spending a bunch of money on something you might need once a year unless you do a bunch of bike/backpacking


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