Originally Posted by AndTheLab
If the water is cloudy at all it will not work. Also most that i am familiar with- all of the steripen line- you can only do about a liter at a time. Takes about a min per liter. Thats a lot of sitting around stirring water to fill a 5 gallon jug. Works fine if you are just filling a couple nalgenes. I wouldnt do it for group use. With the ease of your gravity filter, and the surface area of the hiker pro cartridge on the inside, you have the best group filter going, unless you jump up to their commercial filters.
Time is the biggest issue I see in using UV on the river....very similar to bringing a drip coffee cone for an entire group of folks. And the BaseCamp is brilliantly simple.
I am thinking of a place like Deso or the Main. We carry water in for the first half of the trip or so and then fill up the empty 5 gallons jugs at the source. For cooking and coffee we boil the water already as it is. So that just leaves the Nalgenes people drink from, just zap it when filling up (plus we always have 1-2 people asking for help during rig).
Biggest benefit I can think of is cost $$. Those Hiker Pros cost $40 a pop and only last 200 gallons. Really not much spread over roughly 2 years. That said the UV light last at least a 1000 gallons. And then it only costs $10 to replace. The difference is noticeable.
I am guessing ease will win out for most of the trips I do but I can see it being great for the 1-2 boat or 1-2 person trips we do commonly.
I love my Basecamp still for sure.