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Old 06-03-2016   #1
 
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Life Straw

Has anyone used the life straw on a rafting trip? Seems like a good way to cut weight on low water trips.

Any thoughts?

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Old 06-03-2016   #2
 
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IMO... this is a better filter with longer life.

https://sawyer.com/products/sawyer-mini-filter/
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i run 2 10 liter msr dramador bags with a sawyer .02 micron in between... $300 for the set up but will last forever and no more bleach, the sawyer filters viruses
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i run 2 10 liter msr dramador bags with a sawyer .02 micron in between... $300 for the set up but will last forever and no more bleach, the sawyer filters viruses
This is very similar to what I use. Worth every penny, and dromedary bags are ideal for kayak self support.

I wouldn't trust any straw/pen filter...
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i run 2 10 liter msr dramador bags with a sawyer .02 micron in between... $300 for the set up but will last forever and no more bleach, the sawyer filters viruses
I don't think you filter viruses, they are typically 100 times smaller than bacteria, (E. Coli, crypto, giardia, etc.).
In order to rid the water of viruses, I have always read and understood that the water must be treated with something, boiling, iodine, bleach, etc.
The Sawyer is a great system, doesn't work super well in silty water, but if it's clean or settled, it's hard to pass up. The dromedary bags are great and putting the mini inline works like gravity should.
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i've used the same system i mentioned to filter water right out of the paria river it slows down a little when it gets silted up but a quick backflush will get it going again. if you read up on th .02 filter you will see it definitely does filter viruses, the .1 and .2 filters do not....


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Stuff just keeps getting better. Thanks for the info and new knowledge. I'll do some more research, I remember them telling me back in they day that viruses were .004 to .01 microns, but I could be off by a hundred or thousand
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Sawyer all the way million gallon guarantee, when it slows you just back flush. It also filters viruses as mentioned. I made my own gravity filter using a dry bag with purge valve. The valve was located near the bottom of the bag. I just used various size tubing to hook it all up. The bag holds about a gallon and will gravity filter in a few minutes. It's easily as fast as pumping.

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My MSR setup has done me well over the past 6 years. It includes the bag and the cap plugs into any bottle or canteen I have ever encountered. Cant seem to find the specs of micron filtering level but I can say I have filtered some serious pond funk through it and never had any problems. It weighs nothing and has a clip to stop the flow of water creating a hanging spiggot for the camp kitchen. I hang it up first thing when I set camp.
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Sawyer works for me. I pre-filter with a Buff (sun screen neck Dickie) river water to avoid silting up the filter fast. It is nice to get a cold drink of water from the clear side streams
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