Hiking Backpacking Gear Water Filters

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On any long distance hike where you can’t carry enough water it’s important you have some way of purifying your water. Boiling water is the most reliable way but also the most inefficient and time consuming way. If you don’t like the taste of tablets and chemicals, a water filtration system is the next best choice. We chose the Katadyn Vario and tested it on our 28 mile, 3 day hike on the AT, Appalachian Trail. Very fast and efficient.



A great video thanks to SoulSurvivorX2; here is the link to this YouTube channel:

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  1. Holywalker

    When my friend and i planned a 6 week through-hike on the Appalachian Trail, I chose the Sawyer Products 3-Way Inline Water Filter, along with a Platypus Big Zip 3 liter Reservoir for the “dirty” water. The large opening at the top of the Big Zip made it easy to fill with water from any stream, spring, pond, or even a faucet and the thick plastic strap made it easy to hang from a branch or nail at one of the shelters. Then the water is gravity-fed to our individual Platypus reservoirs and when we knew it would be awhile before we crossed another stream or spring i would fill the “dirty” bottle for filtering later. A note on the Appalachian Trail, springs or streams are not hard to come by and is usually clean enough to not need filtration, but we always filtered “just it case”. Also the Sawyer filters have a “million gallon” filer rating so i’ll probably never need another filter.

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