Advice on hiking purifiers?


What are the best purifiers? Going to Philmont Scout Ranch this summer. Need advice



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According to their website each group is provided free of charge "Water purification chemical" which should be sufficient.
http://www.scouting.org/philmont/visitor...
But they also mention that each group should carry "Two or three water purifiers/filters" so I guess that's where you got the idea from?

You should know there's a difference between a water purifier and a water filter and for almost anywhere in North America you do not need a water purifier, which is good because water filters are a lot cheaper.

The Katadyn Hiker PRO Water Filter
$69.95 is an excellent model that's been around for several years and is known for reliability and ease of use.
http://www.rei.com/product/720265...

Timberline makes both an ultralight filter, and a gravity filter that could provide water for your entire group.
http://www.timberlinefilters.com/index.h...

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Yes, purifiers are less needed than filters in the US but it is always safe. If cost isn't an issue, one of the best that I like selling is the Steripen System. It is small and compact and comes with both a purifier and a filter. The purifier is a UV light purifier that kills almost all microbes and harmful agents. It also comes with a pre-filter to get the gunk out that screws right on to a wide-mouth Nalgene bottle.
If this is a little out of your price range, you can always go for the Katadyn system or a set of chemical tablets. Potable Aqua makes an iodine tablet that kills off harmful stuff and comes with a taste nuetralizer to help get rid of that nasty iodine taste. You might want to pump filter this too if the water is dirty.

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What trek are you going on? I was at Philmont last August. Are you going with your troop or with council? We used an MIOX purifier. It worked in most cases. It uses rock salt as a catalyst. It worked well until we used it at Clear Creek. We also used the Chlorine Tabs we were given. The water at most camps is potable and it all had a pleasant taste. (Zastrow had the best tasting water, Cimarroncito was the worst).

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