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Offline jjarch86

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"Paratrooper" Water Filter?
« on: May 12, 2011, 01:57:14 PM »
Has anyone seen or heard of the "Paratrooper Water Filter"?  I am looking for a lightweight water filtration device as an additional to my slow growing BOB.  Ideally it would be a filter that could support 2 adults and 4 kids for the course of a few days.  I have looked at Katadyn and others but this one appears to be half the price.  The output is lower than Katadyn (1L per 3 minutes) but the life of the filter is 2,000 liters. 

Being fairly new to this aspect I have done some searches on this forum and see there appears to be a large extent of knowledge regarding the types of filtering used along with benefits/downside. 

I am a little skeptical of this product because it does not give information on the filtering process or how it works.  Just looking to see if anyone has tried this product, or any other advice.

http://www.solutionsfromscience.com/?p=1483

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Re: "Paratrooper" Water Filter?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 03:28:42 PM »
I couldn't find any info. about there product on the web except for there website. There website doesn't tell you how long the filter is good for, plus they didn't give any info. on this independent lab that was suppose to have tested there product other to say that they had it done. It is my opinion that there are  certain things that you really shouldn't cut corners are take chances with, and water purification is at the top of the list. I drank some bad water once while stationed in Alaska it looked clean and tasted fine but it wasn't. And I do not want to go thru that experience again. Best advise I can give is to go with a well know and tested water filter they are more expensive but worth the extra cost.
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Re: "Paratrooper" Water Filter?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 05:29:46 PM »
I'm not familiar with the Paratrooper Water Filter.

I'd say, go with the time tested water filters of Katadyn or MSR if you can't find any information on the Paratrooper. It's worth the extra $30.00 for a quality product. Your family is worth it.

On the other hand, if you just don't have the cash and you're only planing for a few days, pick up a 20 count pack of Katadyn Micropur Purification Tablets. It'll get you 20 liters of water that won't make you sick. You'll have to replace them eventually because of the expiration date, but it could hold you over until you can find a filter that will fit your needs.



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Re: "Paratrooper" Water Filter?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 02:45:39 PM »
Cool thanks for the feedback.  I guess the tablets would be sufficient if only for a few days.  I liked the idea of having a filter for extended use for a "just in case" scenario that I might need it longer than that. 

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Re: "Paratrooper" Water Filter?
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 07:30:50 PM »
I'veposted about these before. TheAquamira Frontier and Frontier Pro are exactly what you need for an extremely lightweight portable water filter. They have been tested and are issued at U.S. survival schools for various Federal agencies. I hand them out myself to my students.

Both stop Cryptosporidium and Giardia...the worst protozoas. The Pro stops more of the other bad things and has a lot more versatility but is double the size of the Frontier (doubles to 2 oz ;D)

The .gov does issue Aquamira tabs also but say it is unnecessary to need both.

I carry the Frontier for EDC and the Frontier Pro is in my BOB, Project 505, and everywhere else. They can be found for under $6 and $12 respectively...ignore Frontiers MSRP of $6.95 and $24.95.

The Frontier does 20 gallons the Pro purifies 50.

http://aquamira.com/consumer/frontier-pro-filter-system/product-description

http://www.aquamira.com/military/aquamira-frontier-filter/choose-right

I do not work for Aquamira. I receive no benefit for recommending them. I just like their products and think it is something every prepper should have. I drank water that was 2" deep that had cows standing in it with this straw at a survival school. Tasted just fine. Didn't get sick...no one on our team did. My family all have them, that's how much I believe in them.

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Re: "Paratrooper" Water Filter?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2011, 02:38:15 PM »
Thanks for those links GD.

I need to add a couple of each, asap.
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Re: "Paratrooper" Water Filter?
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2011, 12:45:05 AM »
I'm not familiar with the Paratrooper Water Filter.

I'd say, go with the time tested water filters of Katadyn or MSR if you can't find any information on the Paratrooper. It's worth the extra $30.00 for a quality product. Your family is worth it.

On the other hand, if you just don't have the cash and you're only planing for a few days, pick up a 20 count pack of Katadyn Micropur Purification Tablets. It'll get you 20 liters of water that won't make you sick. You'll have to replace them eventually because of the expiration date, but it could hold you over until you can find a filter that will fit your needs.

Not really light weight, but I have the Katadyn Combi.. for about 130 shipped at emergency essentials, and 130,000 gallons of lifetime usage!!!

I love the thing, solidly built and works like a champ