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Water filter/Purifiers?

Any one ever use the SteriPen It's a "Handheld UV Water Purifer"?
It's light weight and looks like the modern way to go, I don't believe it would be good if I was getiing water with all kinds of green floaties in it because there is no filter system, but some what clear water it should be just what I need I think.

The guy that I 'm renting cabin from said we can drink the water right out of streams in the West Elk Wilderness area, but I don't want to get sick it could cause a good hunt to go bad.

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Water filter/Purifiers?

I got one over the summer and used it on a backpacking trip in the Rawah's. It is frustrating me right now because you are supposed to be able to just stick it into the bottle and it takes the reading and goes but I am having to remove the capsule, fill it with the creek water, insert the pen so it can read it and then wait for the pen to turn on and stir the water. If it weren't for this minor hang up I would suggest it for most uses. You also have to take into account that it is an electronical device and well... electronical devices sometimes fail. As well as run out of batteries. But I do like mine.

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Water filter/Purifiers?

Just my $0.02 worth- I have a pump and I prefer it. It does take up more room and does weigh more, but is very reliable. Also, I figure that I would rather filter the water than just purify it. Not to be gross but if there is fecal matter in the water, I would rather remove it with a filter than sterilize and drink it!!!

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Water filter/Purifiers?
summersja wrote:
Just my $0.02 worth- I have a pump and I prefer it. It does take up more room and does weigh more, but is very reliable. Also, I figure that I would rather filter the water than just purify it. Not to be gross but if there is fecal matter in the water, I would rather remove it with a filter than sterilize and drink it!!!

That is how to paint a picture right there! Bet he gets a filter now!!! LOL!

I sware by my Katadyn Pro-Guide filter!

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Water filter/Purifiers?

Thanks for the replys. Hey Summersia your not hunting above me are you? lol

I am taking extra batteries, and I read that the Purifer is held to stricker standards than the filters and I don't believe sewer water or nasty water will be a issue up there.

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onzaman wrote:
Thanks for the replys. Hey Summersia your not hunting above me are you? lol

I am taking extra batteries, and I read that the Purifer is held to stricker standards than the filters and I don't believe sewer water or nasty water will be a issue up there.

Not me to worry about- the elk, deer and bears don't always follow the rule to stay away from the water before letting loose!

Anyways, my vote goes to the MSR Sweetwater filter- dependable and tough! Yes

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