Anyone have a good recommendation? I know some will say you don't want/need them but when you get far enough off the beaten path bottled water - especially trustworth bottled water gets hard to find.
I've been looking at the Steripen, MSR's MIOX, and Kadadyn's EX stream with virusstat.
anyone ever used any of them?
Oh, and I've done a ton of research just to get to these final three.
I can't remember the ones that I used, but they made the water taste so bad that it was almost worth dying of thirst
I use the NIOX its the lightest. If you plan on using a camelback. 1 crystal will purify 3 liters.
I also carry the katydyn straw, for resteraunts etc..
If you're going places like Mexico or Morocco where there is plumbing but exotic water flora, the Steripen will work. I'm perfectly happy with my Steripen, but all of the "village" water I've found has been pretty clear. I have a bandanna for filtering if I need to, but I haven't yet. Also, the nalgene narrowneck bottles make a watertight seal with the Steripen facilitating the purifying process (you have to agitate the water)- they make great companions.
If you're going places with wells, you might want a proper filter for silt and larger creatures (protein) and debris, but I haven't used any I'd recommend. They're all pretty heavy and you need to purify in those conditions anyways.
Bring an extra set of batteries.
I took a MSR miniworks waterfilter with me to India and Nepal when I last went a few years ago, was a bit unnecessary really but I used it lots in plenty of strange places from streams to dodgy water taps! I used it in the Nile as well in Uganda and it worked there too just fine, its not made me sick yet! Hmmmm better get a blood test just in case! But i recommend this definitely.. cheers
I carry my MIOX with me all the time, have to admit I'm not familiar with the other two u mentioned... But the miox is very convinient since you don't need to bring all extra filters and stuff... just some salt and batteries (wich was already in my backpack before I had the MIOX)... It is not that heavy and odd-shaped as well (as some other purifiers are). And the water it purifies doesn't taste chloric or iodinic: I think the biggest advantage! The only thing is, it is not the fastest purifier on the market, but that does not weigh against the advantages!
Good luck with chosing your gear!
None of you guys seems to rely on simpler ways of purification; wonder if you have a reason for that?
I myself boil and filtrate first, then use a simple mdeical iodine solution; I've heard that that's as safe as it gets, as long as your impure water is not collected at a spot too close to human civilisation. The upshot is that you don't need to bring any gear or chemicals that you wouldn't carry otherwise.
Hello, I backpacked for a few months in SE Asia hitting Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. I used the First Need canister water filter to basically live off of in rural areas. This filter worked like a charm, no need for pills or anything else and no nasty tastes. The canister takes care of everything. I think I spent around $100 US on it and the canisters were $30 US/each. The sales associate said it was the only one filter she'd reccommend for the area and so I researched it and got second opinions and now this is the only filter/purifier I rely on no matter what the conditions are.