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    Im new to this area, uaully i carry as much as i need or the routes ae planned with places to refill.....having spent some time looking at filters, tablets, pens etc, i am none the wiser as to which system is best, i like the idea of a filter but all of the ones i read reviews on appear to fail or leak or just not be upto it. Im planning to undertake some multi day trips and here in sweden there is an abundance of lakes and streams so it feels pointless lugging around so much extra weight in water. Any advice and help will be greatly received.
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    The travel tap, or their inline filter.

    The travel tap is a little slow if you're filtering lots of water, but as i've found, it's more than good enough for one.

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    ive read that the travel tap leaks when you have to squeeze it to get the water out, is this the case? i was just looking at the Eco 100% stainless steel micro purification filter pure water bottle with dustcap 1600 litre, it sounds like its the same filter system as the travel tap but being made of steel is perhaps the bottle is a bit more durable?

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    In the Mk1 version of the travel tap it could indeed leak if squeezed too near the cap but it's a "problem" i've never had with the latest version.

    I highly recommend the travel tap, as many others here will.

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    Btw, the SS version relies on you sucking the water out, not good if you need water for cooking or anything other than drinking.

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    ah ha, yeas i can see that being a problem with the steel bottle, as my main plan is to fill up a spare 1ltr bottle for when i set camp for the night for cooking and cleaning etc, and keep the filter bottle topped up as i go along.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom WIlson 2 View Post
    my main plan is to fill up a spare 1ltr bottle for when i set camp for the night for cooking and cleaning etc, and keep the filter bottle topped up as i go along.
    That's how i use it.

    It can be a little slow but i wouldn't swap it for any other system.

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    I use this

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/aquamira_mcnett.html

    Works, is light, doesn't leak, no nasty taste, easy to use, cheap.

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    would you recommend the flip top or pull top version?

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    of the travel tap i mean....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom WIlson 2 View Post
    of the travel tap i mean....
    I didn't know there were two options, i've always use the pull top one.

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    There's only one problem I've experienced with my Travel Tap bottle: You can't get all the water out because when you tip the bottle to get the water to the filter the open end of the filter is out of the water. Very frustrating when you are down to the last bit and you arre thirsty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Quirk View Post
    There's only one problem I've experienced with my Travel Tap bottle: You can't get all the water out because when you tip the bottle to get the water to the filter the open end of the filter is out of the water. Very frustrating when you are down to the last bit and you arre thirsty!
    That is annoying, but easily solved by keeping it topped up whenever possible or filling some extra bottles either with clean filtered water (hard work) or with unfilterd water (easier but riskier especially if you have "clean" and "dirty" water in unmarked bottles)

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    I don't think you can go wrong with DrinkSafe systems. I use the inline filter with a MYOG water bag and it's great. I fill up the bag, clip on the filter and go do something else whilst it fills my Platy.

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    Pedro does rhe Aquamira still have a use by date on .I was looking at some Lifeventurechlorine dioxide in Millets but no sign of ause by date and read in Backpackers Club magazine that someone had been in touch with another brandseller who said that the use by date was just a marketing ploy by Aquamiraas it doesn't go off

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    Tom - I wonder where you are walking? My limited experience of Sweden (north of AC) and Norway and Finland (north of AC and much further south) is that the water is very clean. I've not treated any of it. The water purity there is one of the many delights of the country.

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    Yes it does. Mine says March 2012 ! Bugger. Can't remember how long I've had it though.

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    One thing i've wondered regarding the travel tap, if the filter freezes would it be damaged. ?

    With mine i've taken the filter out and stashed it in my sack if there was a chance of an overnight freeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Quirk View Post
    There's only one problem I've experienced with my Travel Tap bottle: You can't get all the water out because when you tip the bottle to get the water to the filter the open end of the filter is out of the water. Very frustrating when you are down to the last bit and you arre thirsty!
    I have a Travel Tap bottle and manage to squeeze all of the water through the filter. Admittedly some of the filter is exposed but any water coming out of the bottle passes though the filter. Try it Jon!

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    I think he's right simon.

    If you invert the bottle the filter outlet opening can be above the water level, therefore all you are squeezing out is air, even though there's a few ml left in the bottle.

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