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I have been humming and hawing over which water filter to buy. I think that a serious "delux" travel model is the "Katadyn Pocket"

The specs states that it filters down to 0.2 microns and will filter 13,000 gal (50,000 L) which is very impressive. It's price is around $300 and it weighs 20oz
I like the fact that it is a stainless steel housing though.

I just bought this one. "Soldier water purifier"

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Soldiers-Hiking-C...ht_4922wt_1046
The specs rate the filtration down to 0.1 micron, and will filter 530 gal (2000 L) which would eliminate both bacteria and viruses. At a low price of $35, it fit my budget.
I like the fact that it is only 3 oz. This will be the latest addition to my BOB
Downside is that it is a plastic housing.

Wondering if anyone has experience with this unit? The "Soldier water purifier"
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I almost bought the soldier as the .1 micron is nice, the 3oz packing is nice, and for the price - wow!

BUT I started reading through some ultralight/light backpacking sites, and there's quite a few folks that use the Sawyer .1 filter, and it runs for $40-50, with a million gallon rating. Use it gravity fed, or as a straw, very small for packing, easy to prime, clean and maintain. And you can find a lot of people who have use them, unlike the Soldier.

I will be curious to read your review of it once you get it, and break it in. It seems to good to be true when you compare it to some other "brand name" pump filters, but hey that doesn't mean its not good!
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You've bought the soldier? Why ask the question?

If your suffering from buyers regret, then yes, you should have ponied up the extra coin for the pocket, if not, then be happy with what you've got
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Boiling water and SODIS is free. Just in case, I do carry Frontier pocket filter with a straw and a small plastic dropper bottle filled with Clorox.
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MSR Only. I have used them for years, really the only company I would ever trust with my life.
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Most of my experience has been with Katadyn water filters. I have a PUR water filter - which has not been made in over 10 years, a Katadyn hiker, and a Katadyn vario.

Overall, Katadyn makes some good filters.




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The specs rate the filtration down to 0.1 micron, and will filter 530 gal (2000 L) which would eliminate both bacteria and viruses.
.1 is not enough to filter a virus. To remove a virus, your going to need at least 0.03 and smaller.

Take a look at this page, and scroll down to Table 2-29. Microorganism size and susceptibility to filtration http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbo...infection.aspx
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Define best. Lighter? Cheaper? Most durable? Best filtration? Field serviceable?

Also, what are you using it for? Ultra light hiking? Backcountry camping? Shtf?

For example, light weight might be more important for hiking. Tabs or drops do a fine job and weigh very little. The water can taste like crap though.

Most treatments and filters do not purify. So they're fine out in the wilderness where the water is essentially clean and you just need to eliminate the bugs.

But for shtf, you need the ability to remove chemicals.

For lightweight hiking I use a steripen. Light, quick, and eliminates bacteria and virii.

For pseudo light weight purifying (bob) I have a First Need. It removes most chemicals, as well as bacteria and virii. It weighs a pound, which is ok but not great, and costs a little over$ 100. Unfortunately, it requires a replacement filter fairly quickly compared to some filters.

So you see, the answer isn't all that easy.

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I use katadyn Hiker Pro... Love it.
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I have the Katadyn Hiker and the Pocket.

The Pocket is superb. No other way to describe it and well worth the money of you envision yourself spending a lot of time outdoors.

Hiker and Hiker Pro will do for most situations and they are fast and durable. My Hiker has survived several nasty incidents with no damage.
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I like Gravity filters rather than pumps. I use a Sawyer inline filter element coming off a silnylon dry bag with quick disconnect on the hose. I just fill my bottles off of that or if I plan to have a lot of water at camp I plug the end of the filter directly into an MSR Dromedary bag with quick connect. It works real well.
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I have a Pur hiker that is now sold as the katadyn hiker.

I've been using it since the early 90's with no issues what so ever. Of course I've had to replace the filter and O rings but they are consumables and should be expected.

From what I've seen the katadyn version is just as sturdy.*
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sawyers is the way to go,no other filter will come close to sawyers 1,000,000 gal filter system

for your backpacking needs:

for your home

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Hi Guys

Thanks for all if the good feedback. The "Sawyer" brand, I had not heard of before. Will pass that resource on to some others.

I am looking forward to trying out the "soldier" one that I bought. Will let you know what I think.

As far as what 'best' is...
light weight
low micron filtration
durable
cost efficient

Being that the budget is limited these days, I think that this soldier one will be a good fit for now. Am looking at putting together a list with criteria for friends of mine. That's the goal anyway.

So, again, thanks to all.
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Just bought a Sawyer 34 ounce water filter/bottle for $30.

If it does what it says it will then it was well worth it.

-0.1 micron absolute hollow fiber membrane inline filter
Highest removal (99.99999%) of bacteria, cysts and protozoa
Also filters out sediment and other contaminants
Ensures that water meets EPA and WHO recommended levels
No iodine required
No pumping or chemicals
More effective than pump filters and more convenient
Removes the following contaminants:
Cholera
Botulism (Clostridium batulinum)
Typhoid (Salmonella typhi)
Amoebic Dysentery
E. Coli, Coliform Bacteria
Streptococcus
Salmonella
Giardia
Cryptosporidium
Includes:
0.1 Micron Absolute Hollow Fiber Membrane Inline Filter
34-oz. polycarbonate bottle with convenient flip-top cap (weighs 7.5 oz.)
Twp extra drinking straws
Twp stainless-steel hose clamps
Tube re-connector
Tube adapter
Detailed instruction sheet
Model SP140
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Jager, for $30 you got a good price! And if you dont like the bottle, it fits fine in all standard Nalgene (wide mouth) bottles.
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I have a Katadyn Hiker and am getting a Pocket soon.
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Thanks too for the scoop on the "gravity" style filters. I had never heard of those either.
(Sheltered life!!)
Anyway, you have given me lots to think about
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Katadyn pocket here and I love it but want to try something else as well. I learned some interesting things in this discussion, great thread
I'll tell you, in a emergency, any filter and your ahead of the sheeple who wont have anything. They will find out what kind of water is at the super dome, if you get my drift.
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I was just checking this thread and noticed your link was outdated. The new info seems to be here:http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbo...-for-travelers
table 2-11.
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