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    Was looking at Water Purification tablets-was surprised to see that some of them take up to 4 hours to be ready?? iodiende still only takes 5-10 minutes- which is better to use
    did check out the steripen classic and Katadyn Hiker thats all they had at Dunhams sporting goods store
    I only have walmart and dunhams in my area --have to drive 60 miles to dick's sporting goods

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    Give Aqua-Mira drops a try. Simple solution and treated in about 15 minutes. I started with a filter and finally switched to drops. Nothing to clog, no batteries needes and essentially the same chemicals used in most water treatment plants.

    http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/aquamira.shtml

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    You might also give the MSR MIOX a look. http://www.miox.com/miox-solutions/M...ifier-Pen.aspx
    Small and lightweight, does have a learning curve. I've used one for years and haven't had any problems.

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    +1 on Aqua Mira drops...use them all the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear bag hanger View Post
    You might also give the MSR MIOX a look. http://www.miox.com/miox-solutions/M...ifier-Pen.aspx
    Small and lightweight, does have a learning curve. I've used one for years and haven't had any problems.
    I agree, I love my MIOX. But I'd heard they weren't being made anymore. How recent is the website you linked? If I heard wrong, I'll sleep better knowing I can replace it if I manage to break it, which isn't easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasty View Post
    Give Aqua-Mira drops a try. Simple solution and treated in about 15 minutes. I started with a filter and finally switched to drops. Nothing to clog, no batteries needes and essentially the same chemicals used in most water treatment plants.

    http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/aquamira.shtml
    +2 on Aqua Mira.

    Sent from my YP-GS1 using Tapatalk 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickle View Post
    iodiende still only takes 5-10 minutes- which is better to use
    Not iodine:

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    http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drin...treatment.html Disinfection with iodine or chlorine is not effective in killing Cryptosporidium; Disinfection with iodine or chlorine has a low to moderate effectiveness in killing Giardia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucho View Post
    http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drin...treatment.html Disinfection with iodine or chlorine is not effective in killing Cryptosporidium; Disinfection with iodine or chlorine has a low to moderate effectiveness in killing Giardia
    Aquamira is Chlorine Dioxide which is moderately effective on crypto and very effective on Giardia.

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    According to the same site chlorine dioxide (aquamira) has a high effectiveness against giardia and low to moderate effectiveness against cryptosporidium. It's the popular chemical solution among hikers. I also like the Katadyn Hiker Pro, especially with the quick connects. Unfortunately it's real heavy for a thru hiker. You may also want to look into hollow fiber filters such as: http://www.rei.com/product/801824/sa...e-water-filter

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    The vast majority of cryptosporidium outbreaks are through fecal contact. Your chances of getting crypto at a higher elevation are slim except near livestock areas. Water coming from an underground source has a very low chance of Crypto. Chlorine Dioxide will inactivate crypto but can't be relied on because the dosage would be more then the normal 7 drops of each part of Aquamira per quart of water. Filters are great until they break/clog. I use a filter in eastern North Carolina because between the pine tannin and Fisteria the water needs to be filtered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasty View Post
    Chlorine Dioxide will inactivate crypto but can't be relied on because the dosage would be more then the normal 7 drops of each part of Aquamira per quart of water.
    I hadn't heard that before, do you have data on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasty View Post
    Filters are great until they break/clog. I use a filter in eastern North Carolina because between the pine tannin and Fisteria the water needs to be filtered.
    What are you using to get pine tannin out because even my First Need purifier leaves that stuff in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucho View Post
    I hadn't heard that before, do you have data on that?
    Scroll down to Treatment of Water http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptosporidiosis

    Scroll down to Disinfection capabilities http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA453968

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucho View Post
    What are you using to get pine tannin out because even my First Need purifier leaves that stuff in?
    Katahdin Mini Pro - The Water goes in brown and comes out clear. The filter clogs faster. I get maybe 20 gallons out of a filter, but in hog country the water is not safe.

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