Water bottles

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  1. Steve Call

    Steve Call Active Member

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    I'm wondering if folks on the forum can share their recommendations for filter water bottles. This time of year it's hot and when wade fishing I usually take two bottles of water in my vest and it's usually not enough. I'd rather not lug around the extra weight, and the water quickly becomes warm.

    I'd like to find a water bottle with a filter that would allow me to drink out of the river. Last year I bought a katadyn bottle at REI before going into the Bob Marshall Wilderness for a week. Stupid me, I didn't thoroughly test it first and I didn't read all the reviews. It took way too much effort to suck the water up thru the filter. I took it back to REI when I got back and was told it was a common complaint. (The river was crystal clear.)

    What's your experience and recommendation. I'm going back to the Bob in two weeks.
     
  2. Dupher

    Dupher If you can read this, you are fishing too close

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    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Take any style bottle and one of these: The Steripens are true purification devices, which is especially important when drawing drinking water from sources frequented by cattle and careless humans. The Steripen fits into a pocket and can be used with any bottle or cup.

    http://www.steripen.com/ultra/
     
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    I second the Steripen.
     
  5. Brian White

    Brian White Recovering Bugmeister

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    Sounds like you are an REI customer. REI carries a ton of other water filtration options at their stores and online, including the "steripen" Dan mentions above. They also carry "lifestraw" in several options, including an integrated filter in bottle, an actual straw device that lets you drink directly from a lake or stream, etc....

    I still use my old school backpacking filter but lifestraw is going to make it into my vest soon I think.
     
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  7. Derek Young

    Derek Young Emerging Rivers Guide Services

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    Just wait for me to float by again and hand-off another PBR.. :)
     
  8. wisconsin_fly

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    I'll second Dupher's nod towards the LifeStraw. Last weekend I was drinking straight from the stream. It can be a bit awkward so it might also be handy to carry an empty container only for stream water. Other than that, easy enough to drink from. Not quite as easy as water through a regular drinking straw, but easier than a chocolate shake through a straw if that helps.

    And for only $20 for 1000 liters and it stops when it is no longer useful, hard to beat the convenience.
     
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    David A. Upside down.

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    I'm a big fan of the Life Straw.
    On big days it's a much lighter option than carrying lots of water and IMHO a great idea even if you do carry water as a back-up.

    I keep mine in the glove box in figuring it will be handy in a zombie apocalypse as well. ;)
     
  10. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    I "third" these! A piece of cheesecloth over the mouth of the bottle to strain out the logs, and a dose of "Steripen" and you're good to go.
     
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    Something new to me. Just how long do the filters last.
     
  12. Steve Saville

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    I have a water purifier that filters up to 10,000 gallons. It was inexpensive and only about 3X9 inches and weighs less than a pound. It would fit nicely in a small backpack or sling pack if you carry one.
     
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    Katadyn Hiker Pro Pump, not a water bottle but it does have and adaptor that fits Nalgene bottles.
     
  14. Steve Call

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    Sounds good to me. Send me your schedule and I'll be waiting.
     
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    I've got a pump and a gravity filter. What I'm looking for is something to carry instead of two or three water bottles, like a bottle I can refill from the river and not worry about getting sick. I'll give a steripen a try.