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Old 01-27-2014, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Water filters MSR Vs Katadyn

Next on my list of backpacking gear is a water filter. I've found some stellar deals (50% off) on a MSR Sweetwater and a Katadyn Mini. Has anyone had any experience with either? I hear great reviews on both but I noticed that the katadyn can filter something around 1800 gal while the MSR filters about 200 gals. Which to choose....
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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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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.
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I got msr pump and a steripen...pump first then zap
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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.
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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
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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.
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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 REI.com

Edit: 1 million gallon life guarantee. Damn.

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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.
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Clean piece of cloth over nalgene to filter big stuff and tablets. Much lighter.
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