Having recently discovered that my dog refuses to drink water treated with purification tablets - go figure since he'll drink from the most brackish beaver swamps - I'm considering adding a water filtration device to our kit.
Some considerations: we hike mainly in New England, our overnights are usually in the winter, we day hike all year round. In addition to keeping the dog hydrated, I'm looking at this as a way to begin non-winter day hikes carrying less water. This would be used probably every other weekend or so for 9 months of the year. I'm assuming I'll still melt and boil snow for winters, unless there's a reason a filter would change that? I don't do overnights much outside of winter, except for a two week trip planned for this summer in which this would be used presumably multiple times a day every day for two weeks.
Both of these seem similar in cost, weight, and output. Both have a pre filter available.
I've seen that the Katadyn can be hooked up directly to the hose of water bladder once the bite valve is removed. Nice feature, since the bladder remains packed while being filled. Can the MSR do the same?
East of use?
Concerns with use in the field?
Any other considerations/suggestions?