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    Mini Goon Mounty's Avatar
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    Water filters & purification

    Over the last 18 months or so I have gradually replaced and made my kit lighter, but I am still carrying water, usually 1 to 3 litres.

    Other than boiling water, what other filtration devices & methods are you guys using?

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    ‹bermensch
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    Sawyer and Travel tap

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    Mini Goon
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    Stage 1: MSR Miniworks EX; Stage 2: Steripen - this is for trips where the water is both silty & foul. Most modern lightweight filters are OK if the source is clear & are *much* lighter.

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    Mini Goon
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    I use a Sawyer Mini as an extra barrier if I'm confident about the water and a Drinksafe Systems filter if I want extra piece of mind (like tap water in China recently). I'm disappointed with the latest Drinksafe filter however, as it is much larger than the previous incarnation.

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    Widdler
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    There is an easy way to purify dirty water, but you should boil before drinking.

    Usually I use the pump water filter which is light and easy to use.

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    Mini Goon
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    Most people I know either use a Sawyer filter or tablets. Tablets are hard to beat for the weight and effectiveness.

    I use a Sawyer mini filter because where I backpack tends to have clear water but with the possibility of Cryptosporidium due to the fact that most of the UK outdoors is covered in sheep so a filter is a good for that.

    Boiling is extremely effective and only take a few minutes with a modern gas stove so it's a good way to produce safe water once you get to camp or are making a cuppa.

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    Widdler
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    I've got both the Sawyer Mini and Squeeze, recently going back to the Squeeze full time simply for the additional flow rate. I always carry tablets in case of a filter failure though.

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