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Old 06-04-2016   #11
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I know plenty of people who use the straws and pens in the backcountry. They seem to have proven themselves safe and effective. That said, their achilles heal is volume. They systems outlined above all are better for anything more than personal use.

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Old 06-05-2016   #12
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The straws seem like a good thing for keeping in a kayak.

Been meaning to get a couple.


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I used a Sawyer this weekend on a backpack trip and was pretty impressed. Fill up the bag and squeeze the bag to force the water through the filter. It was a pretty lightweight system. The only thing that I think I would do is have a bigger "dirty" water bag, like a 2 liter bag or a gallon bag, to speed up filling a bunch of bottles for a group.
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Old 06-05-2016   #14
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I used a Lifestraw this last week. I still took a water bottle along but I didn't have to worry about it running out or last call on the water jug. I just dipped and went. FWIW the Middle Fork this time of year tastes delicious.

I think it will help with my kids on a Main Salmon later this month. They won't drink warm water and I get that. With this we can dip and drink.
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I keep one in the car for emergencies, or if I forget to bring water and don't realize until the trailhead.

I don't use it as a primary because it won't filter viruses, heavy metals or chemicals, but it could definitely save the day (maybe even life?)

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