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    Which made it super cool back in the day, lighter...

    Which made it super cool back in the day, lighter and easier to pump than it's ceramic competitors.


    There was a drought my year. In NJ/NY having a scoop was good *shrug* thru hiking without a...
  2. Thread: SteriPen

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    The gravity works manual gives me that idea:

    The gravity works manual gives me that idea:
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    The katadyn hiker pro was awesome back in the...

    The katadyn hiker pro was awesome back in the day, 10 years ago it was my absolute favorite filter. However it's been left behind by the new generation of filters.
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    That's a good point. Though it doesn't actually...

    That's a good point. Though it doesn't actually work when it's cold either.


    That isn't actually the case. If air passes through the filter, it's no good.
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    I'd be worried about damaging the fibers

    I'd be worried about damaging the fibers
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    I'd suggest the Sawyer Mini. Just don't squeeze!...

    I'd suggest the Sawyer Mini. Just don't squeeze! I use one spliced inline on the hose from my water bladder. So no pumping, squeezing, hanging or weighting for me. Just dip the bladder in a water...
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    In my experience no, they have been plagued with...

    In my experience no, they have been plagued with quality control issues. Both the ones I tried worked great for a while and then left me high and dry.

    Compared to the $20 sawyer mini's price,...
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    Yes my first steripen failed 300 miles and the...

    Yes my first steripen failed 300 miles and the replacement failed less than a week later. That's when I found out about sawyer, lighter, cheaper, no batteries and they're actually reliable.
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    Does aqua mira do anything?

    So someone was telling me about colloidal silver the other day, I looked it up and it turns out that it's woo:...
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    No it isn't necessary. There are places on the AT...

    No it isn't necessary. There are places on the AT where you could find puddles next to or in farm fields but I'd suggest simply not getting your water from those places.

    Personally I have a little...
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    I've been wondering about that, anybody know how...

    I've been wondering about that, anybody know how well the warranty holds up? I ask because it seems like there's weasel out language in the warranty.
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    Sawyer 3 way. I've used it both inline and as a...

    Sawyer 3 way. I've used it both inline and as a gravity filter.

    The mini is rated for many fewer gallons than Sawyer's other products but considering it's $20 and will last a thru hike it seems...
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    Some of those plans sound heavy, especially the...

    Some of those plans sound heavy, especially the nalgene. I think sectionhiker makes a compelling argument: http://sectionhiker.com/go-light-ditch-your-nalgene-bottles/
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    My solution won't work unless you have friends...

    My solution won't work unless you have friends with a bluray burner who will pick you up but I met a couple who had an external hard drive in a bounce box. I don't know how that went though I can say...
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    Considering that I watched a couple of people destroy leather boots trying to get them dry over fires in Maine, I think not waterproof is better.
  16. Thread: Water Filters?

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    It would probably still short out once the water...

    It would probably still short out once the water got in there but fewer things to go wrong couldn't hurt.
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    I wouldn't call vibram slippery, it's decidedly...

    I wouldn't call vibram slippery, it's decidedly more sticky than it's predecessors (though the amount of friction changes drastically on wet surfaces which is where people tend to get in trouble) it...
  18. Out of those, get the Sawyer 3-1. It's not even a...

    Out of those, get the Sawyer 3-1. It's not even a question, the platypus kit is stupid heavy and expensive. Hiking on your own inline is the way to go and if you decide that you'd rather use a...
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    He's talking about this:...

    He's talking about this: http://www.sawyer.com/sawyersaves/products-pointtwo.html
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    10oz a piece is that bad, 10oz total isn't good....

    10oz a piece is that bad, 10oz total isn't good. That "ultra light" first aid kit isn't ultralight, you should dump most of it and the space blanket. Also cut back on the redundant clothing and the...
  21. Don't do this, just don't. You won't need much...

    Don't do this, just don't.

    You won't need much for a summer bag. I knew someone who used a down baby blanket and someone else who used a fleece spiderman kids blanket from goodwill. You don't...
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    Who brings a map and compass on the AT? I mean...

    Who brings a map and compass on the AT? I mean seriously....
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    cons: 1. often defective 2. no way to purify...

    cons:
    1. often defective
    2. no way to purify the edges of your water bottle so you're drinking giardia anyway
    3. doesn't filter gunk out of water
    4. doesn't work on cloudy water
    5. runs out of...
  24. Thread: Darn Tough Socks

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    My dad and girlfriend stand all day at work and...

    My dad and girlfriend stand all day at work and like cushiony socks to help with that. I wouldn't recommend darn toughs for that, there are thicker, squishier wool socks out there.
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    It almost looks like he's got the toe of the sock...

    It almost looks like he's got the toe of the sock twisted in that pic.

    I've also found that shrinking/stretching process to be important to getting a good fit. By the time my darn toughs are...
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