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Water filters for backpack hunting
« on: February 22, 2019, 03:20:21 AM »
Does anyone have any experience/reviews for backcountry water filters? We are heading out to Colorado this fall for an elk hunting trip and are planning on backpacking in and camping. I don't want to be bringing in any more water weight than I have to, to start with. I want the weight to be no more than a pound if possible and as small as possible, but still able to work efficiently to fill a couple water bladders when needed. I have my options narrowed down to four filters.
MSR Hyperflow, MSR Sweetwater, Katadyn vario, or Katadyn Hiker Pro.
Any thoughts about water filters?

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Re: Water filters for backpack hunting
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2019, 03:33:57 AM »
Only filters that I have are the Sawyer products.  They are in my BOBs and unused, except the test one I've used.  A lot of the thru hikers use them because they are light and do the job.  They also screw onto a disposable water bottle. (i.e. Smart Water)   But they are ceramic filters, so you can't let them freeze.

If I was in your situation, I'd probably have one of the camp sized water filters in camp and each hunter have a Sawyer Mini with a water bottle on them.  This would allow you to find water while out hunting.  Could easily run out of water while out tracking.

For the camp filter, I like the idea of the bigger gravity fed filters.  Just fill the bag and let it drip all day while you are not in camp.


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Re: Water filters for backpack hunting
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2019, 08:18:08 PM »
Does anyone have any experience/reviews for backcountry water filters? We are heading out to Colorado this fall for an elk hunting trip...

Good question, and it has been asked before.

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Re: Water filters for backpack hunting
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2019, 08:55:53 PM »
Good question, and it has been asked before.
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Thanks Mr. Bill.  It's a topic that needs to be brought up from time to time because the technology has been changing so rapidly.  Here's a link to a recent survey at a backpacker site: https://sectionhiker.com/sectionhiker-gear-guide/10-best-backpacking-water-filters/  Interesting, because this is coming from people who use them regularly.

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Re: Water filters for backpack hunting
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 09:40:53 PM »
I seen the Katadyn hiker pro was mentioned a lot in the other thread... I'd just like to add, i've used katadyn products for many years, and the hiker pro for the last 7-8 years for backpacking.  It's light at just under a pound (not as light as the straw types) and you can pump a lot of water with it.  The sawyer is good as well, but i think the pump has an advantage over the gravity/squeeze types.

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Re: Water filters for backpack hunting
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2019, 11:47:42 PM »
I have tried several and the sawyer squeeze is my current favorite.  You can screw it onto a smart water bottle and drink from the straw end. You can also hook it up as a gravity feed system.  lightest and most versitle system.

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Re: Water filters for backpack hunting
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 06:21:39 PM »
The nice thing about the Katadyn is that it can be taken apart and dried between trips.  Without a doubt though, the various Sawyers are simpler and lighter.  Ken, do these things grow funk inside between trips, or...?

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Re: Water filters for backpack hunting
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2019, 09:00:21 PM »
Expert Council member "Dixie" Mills talks about this topic on her youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-Agdf1aNVE&frags=pl%2Cwn

Nothing astonishing but hey, when experience speaks, it's worth listening.