You Can Lead a Hiker to Water: Filter Choices

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Water is the essential element to life! And that fact is no different when you’re camping. Sure, if you’re car camping you can bring all the water you need. But for those longer backcountry treks it’s important to have plan as to how you will attain drinking water when your Camelbak runs out. Over the years, advancements in innovation and technology in outdoor gear have provided more choices in how we filter our water on the trail.

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Old School: Hand Pump


How it works:  Just like it sounds, the water is pulled through a filtration system by gravity and becomes drinkable as you drink it.

Cost: about $100

Pros: Long lasting, dependable, and you can pump as much water as you want!

Cons: Time consuming, bulky.

 

Let it all fall Down: Gravity Fed

How it works: Just like it sounds, the water is pulled through a filtration system by gravity and becomes drinkable as you drink it

Cost: about $100

Pros: Quick, simple, easy.

Cons: Often they can only hold a limited amount.

 

New School: Ultra Violet Pen

How it works: Exposure to ultraviolet light for about 90 seconds will purify the water. Yes, it’s that easy.

Cost: $80-120

Pros: Fast, lightweight and very easy.

Cons: Battery powered, no visible verification if you’ve done it correctly.

 

In a Pinch: Purifying Drops

How it works:  Chlorine dioxide formula these drops will kill waterborne pathogens.

Cost: $5-7

Pros: Cheap, extremely light weight and excellent for emergencies.

Cons: Necessity to get proportions correct every time and it’s still a chemical, which is always weird.

 

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