~*~ Water Purification ~*~
Treating your water is an important aspect of backpacking. You do not want to run the risk of becoming ill with Giardia while on the trail. It is not treatable with normal antibiotics and can take a long time to get rid of, even with the proper medication. I, for one, would rather enjoy the wilderness and spend time treating my water rather than getting my moneyís worth with the little orange trowel. I have used only one filter in my life and will probably only replace it when I absolutely have to. Itís either that or a chemical treatment, depending on my trip.
Review: This is the only water filter I have ever owned and unless it completely dies on me, it is the only one I ever will own. PUR is now Katadyn, but they are still making the same filter. If I ever hear they are going out of business, I will buy another one and a bunch of extra filters just because. I canít say enough positive things about the Hiker Pro. It filters perfectly and quickly. There have been numerous occasions where I have filtered water and been packed up and ready to go while others are still struggling to get a liter out. I change the filter when needed, which depends on how often Iím out backpacking. Knock on wood, I have never gotten sick from any water I have filtered with this little number.
Weight: 6 oz
Review: Depending on where I am backpacking, I will bring Aqua Mira instead of my filter. It is much lighter and there is only a 5 minute wait after treating it. Some people complain about the taste, but I have never noticed it with the exception of once, and that was my fault. I accidentally mixed the chemicals in the lid of my Platypus and some of it got into the threads of the lid. When I went to take a sip, instant sour-puss face. I usually ďcamel upĒ at stream crossings by drinking what ever happens to be left in my water bottle before treating another liter. Unless the conditions are incredibly dry, I only carry one liter at a time.