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01-28-2014 06:52 PM
mojo maestro Tabs taste funny....
01-28-2014 02:56 PM
baldylox Clean piece of cloth over nalgene to filter big stuff and tablets. Much lighter.
01-28-2014 09:54 AM
Originally Posted by SnowOwl View Post
Yeah I'll be carrying tabs as well. I don't feel comfy relying on something like the steri when I'm deep in the backcountry. I'd feel a bit more secured with a filter. Which filter is the problem lol
A filter gets the crap out but doesn't catch protzoa or guardia. A steripen, tabs or boiling will take care of the stuff that a filter can't handle.

Personally, I only take a filter if I know that there will be particulate in the water (shallow lakes, ponds,etc.) and then I filter and treat. If there's no need to get rid of particulate (mountain streams, big lakes, etc.) then I just sterilize.
01-28-2014 09:50 AM
SnowOwl I just came across a filter that goes into your hydration tube. Pretty cool but I can't figure the life of its filter

This is the one I came across

Sawyer 3-Way Inline Water Filter - Free Shipping at

Edit: 1 million gallon life guarantee. Damn.
01-28-2014 09:48 AM
mojo maestro They make gravity fed water purification systems now. Fill a bag, hang in tree, water flows to lower hanging bag.....presto. Filters can freeze, batteries lose longevity in cold. The more sediment in the water, the less effective the steripen works. The more sediment in the water, the quicker a filter clogs.
01-28-2014 09:26 AM
SnowOwl Yeah I'll be carrying tabs as well. I don't feel comfy relying on something like the steri when I'm deep in the backcountry. I'd feel a bit more secured with a filter. Which filter is the problem lol
01-28-2014 09:11 AM
Lamb No need to filter then use steripen. One or the other is sufficient for most places, unless nasty standing water like linvillegorge states then you want a filter. But steripen claims that would not be an issue.
I have the MSR and Steripen. If I am on a long hike I just use a steripen and have never had an issue.
Filter is too big with extra weight, I use that only when I plan on a multi day hike when I plan to filter lots of water. If I purchased the steripen first, I don't think I would have ever purchased a filter system.
01-28-2014 06:08 AM
wrathfuldeity I got msr pump and a steripen...pump first then zap
01-27-2014 01:48 PM
linvillegorge Either way, carry some chlorine tablets or iodine as a backup. Virtually no weight or bulk involved and if your steripen quits or your pump breaks, you still have a way to treat water quickly on the go instead of being forced to boil.

As far as filter vs. steripen, I think it depends a lot on where you are. If you're backpacking in an area with clean, flowing water, I'd probably go with the steripen. If you're forced to get sketchier water that's been standing, filter all the way.
01-27-2014 01:28 PM
mojo maestro Don't know about those two......I've had a Katadyn Hiker for almost 2o years. Replaced the filter several times. Kinda over the pumping. Recently picked up a Steripen. Uses UV light to kill the nastys.......way easier then pumpin'.
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