Monday, May 28, 2018

A proper in-line water filter to save weight, time and hassle.

NOTE: All items written about in this article were paid for by Tactical Trekker. No consideration, review items or any other consideration were offered or given by any brand or any representative of any company.

Getting a backpack down to fighting weight is almost as hard as keeping off the personal pounds as the years go by. One of the ways that Tactical Trekker found is to get rid of the hand-operated water filter pumps.

Back in 2013 we found that we could shave off 12 ounces in a single whack by using an inline filter.

Not only is the inline filter lighter, but saves time and hassle.

Instead of squatting awkwardly at the edge of a stream and cranking at the pump lever for what seems like an eternity, a quick-disconnect allows me to dip my entire Camelbak into the water to fill it. Seconds instead of minutes and minutes. 
Sawyer inline filter part of their "Squeeze" products: easy to use, lightweight
I keep my Camelbak 100 carabinered to the outside of my backpack for easy access and to allow it to dry without getting anything else wet.


Now that I've moved past the epic shoulder injury, physical therapy and a series of non-shoulder injuries, I'm preparing for the first backpack to the Sierras and need to reduce weight even more.

Before the mountain biking accident, I trimmed my pack to 40 pounds. Now that I am older and only recently regaining full strength and endurance, my goal is 35 pounds for the trek scheduled for June 22.

Just in time for this comes the Sawyer "Squeeze" -- an inline filter that needs no hacking and offers very little resistance. for $49.95 at Sportsman's Warehouse and other outfitters, the Squeeze adds all of the fittings I had to hack to the McNett in 2013.





 While I primarily use the inline version, the kit also includes other accessories including the squeeze-related uses. (below) Obviously, squeezing the hydration bladders works as well.





Screen captures from video



Previous articles on inline filters

Five years ago (about a year before my near-career-ending shoulder injury) I  was smitten by the Pioneer Pro Water Filter McNett Water Filter. It needed a few hacks, but was superb.

However, the "improved" version -- Aquamira Frontier Pro Max was a dismal failure because getting a sip required the strength to suck a tennis ball through a garden hose.

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