Water Purification

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Sub5mango

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I'm wondering about getting a water purifier in a black Friday deal. I don't know anything about water purification other than 30 years ago I used a hand pump when bike touring in Chile.

Any suggestions for current effective methods or kit? I'll be doing it in the UK.

Perhaps something like these?
https://www.raymears.com/Bushcraft_Product/1588-Sawyer-One-Gallon-Gravity-Water-Filtration-System

https://www.absolute-snow.co.uk/V/MSR_SweetWater_Microfilter_Backpacking_Water_Filter_1L_Black-(182244)?Curr=GBP/
 
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Broch

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I have a Sawer; works fine but rarely use it TBH - depends how high up I am. Get a descent size bottle/bag.
The MSR one looks interesting but a bit too complicated for a simple task for me.
 
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Sub5mango

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Oct 13, 2019
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I have a Sawer; works fine but rarely use it TBH - depends how high up I am. Get a descent size bottle/bag.
The MSR one looks interesting but a bit too complicated for a simple task for me.
Thanks. I might well end up not using it much but feel it's a skill I would like to learn.
 

Ruud

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I use a Sawyer squeeze mini, bit of a faff when you want to fill up a bottle with freezing water but normally your bottles are topped up again in minutes. For the size, weight, cost and ease of operation I recommend it.

https://sawyer.com/products/mini-filter/

I also used it for bigger quantities, just let gravity do the work. I cut the bottom out of one of the bags it comes with so you can refill it like a millbank-bag (so you don't have to unscrew the actual filter from the bag after each liter)
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Sub5mango

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Oct 13, 2019
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I use a Sawyer squeeze mini, bit of a faff when you want to fill up a bottle with freezing water but normally your bottles are topped up again in minutes. For the size, weight, cost and ease of operation I recommend it.

https://sawyer.com/products/mini-filter/

I also used it for bigger quantities, just let gravity do the work. I cut the bottom out of one of the bags it comes with so you can refill it like a millbank-bag (so you don't have to unscrew the actual filter from the bag after each liter)
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Thanks. I like the idea of gravity doing the work!
 
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Tiley

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I still like my Trailshot because it is so compact and allows me to use my usual water bottles. I'm intrigued by the Katadyn BeFree. Although the flow rate on my Trailshot is fine, in an ideal world, something a little quicker would appeal; maybe it is worth giving the Katadyn a try...?

I stopped using the Sawyer a while back because it was a fiddle to use, with the narrow-necked bottle and then squeezing it into a water bottle. I'm sure that they have sorted out that bit but the Trailshot slipped in in its stead.