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My renewed interest in backpacking, combined with my dislike of drinking water that's actually hot from being in my backpack even on day hikes, has poised to spring for a water filtration device. When I backpacked in the 70's, I drank freely from the streams and rivers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I suppose I could try that in the Sierra, but I don't think it'd be a wise choice.
I drink a lot of water. On my day hikes I carry 4 liters with me - and on hot days consume most of it on a day hike. Clearly I can't carry enough to sustain me on even a single night backpacking trek. And each time I see a cold stream on a hike, I wish I could drink that nice refreshing cold water, rather than the hot water from my pack.
I've read the Katahdyn vs MSR comparisons, and the various reviews. I am pretty much decided on an MSR (in spite of my experience with their stove :). Now I'm deciding between the Sweetwater and the Miniworks EX.
Both seem to have about the same filtration specs. The Sweetwater is about $20 cheaper, a few ounces lighter, and slightly smaller. The MiniWorks has a ceramic filter, which I take it must be a plus (?).
What's the word from the field... is there something about the MiniWorks that makes it worth the extra $, weight, and bulk?
The intended use would be backpacking (no groups involved), and day hikes (use about 4L per day). Presumably, the weight and bulk of the filter would be offset by having to carry less water, at least on hikes where water's available.
So, what do you think? :)