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Water Filter

by Sweetwater

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Got this filter for backpacking and extended kayak trips. Easy to use…

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Got this filter for backpacking and extended kayak trips. Easy to use, easy to set up, good flow rate. packs down small, cleans up easily as well. Only reason I did not rate it 10/10 is that the pre-filter has a slight tendency to clog with silt, and also tends to float - which can be mildly annoying but it easy enough to deal with.

Overall, extremely pleased with this filter and would recommend to anyone.

I used this filter recently on a 5 day trip into the…

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I used this filter recently on a 5 day trip into the BWCA. Filtered water for 4 people for the duration of the trip. I added the sediment prefilter to the setup as this is an optional piece. The filter worked very well and produced great quality water. You have to clean it often though if you filter water near the shore, even with the 10 micron prefilter. The advertised filter life is around 750 liters which I cannot attest to with the amount of water that has passed through my filter so far. I think this is a good filter at a good price.

What previous reviewers have said is correct: this filter stops up very…

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What previous reviewers have said is correct: this filter stops up very quickly. The Silt Stopper add-on is a must, but even that is over priced at $19.99 for just three replacement filters. I have heard of people using coffee filters over the intake to extend the life of the filters.

It also is hard to hold on to the water bottle and pump at the same time. I have lost my filtered water several times after the bottle tipped over when vigorously pumping. I will buy an MSR Miniworks for my next trip.

This thing was such a piece of junk. In clean water…

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This thing was such a piece of junk. In clean water it clogged about every 6 pumps. I'd take it apart run the cleaning brush through and 6 pumps later - clogged again. It took my forever to fill 1 nalgene bottle. That was the first trip I took it on, the second trip - the thing clogged after 4 pumps and no amount of cleaning would get the thing to work again. A-1 piece of junk.

Initially I was impressed by the units ease in pumping. But after…

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Initially I was impressed by the units ease in pumping. But after 2 trips and a brand new filter (which pumped only 7 gallons) my unit clogged and no amount of brushing would clear it. I'm sending it back to see about warranty repair or replacement. Thing is I don't trust it anymore for extended trips. Now I gotta carry a backup, besides an extra filter!

The price was right when I purchased my Sweetwater, but I find…

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The price was right when I purchased my Sweetwater, but I find the handle cumbersome to setup for pumping and the hose has no good way to "tie it off" at the end. Also if you want more features you keep adding accessories to the intake line until you have an ugly and cumbersome group of add-ons. I have also found that cleaning the filter is a lot more difficult than competing brands on the market. All in all when push comes to shove the Sweetwater does filter the water just fine, and at a price that is hard to beat.