MSR Hyperflow vs Miniworks & combine with a bucket?

2:16 p.m. on July 5, 2010 (EDT)
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I have the MSR Miniworks and am exploring the idea of the Hyperflow model since it's about half the weight. And a bonus is that it's supposed to pump faster. I'm considering Sea to Summit folding bucket (http://www.trailspace.com/gear/sea-to-summit/folding-bucket/)
to let sediment settle before I actually do the filtering (and less time balancing on stream-side rocks where the mosquitoes live :).

I've read mixed reviews of the Hyperflow. Some say it's great and works as advertised. Others say it works well at first but quickly clogs.

REI's site claims there were clogging problems on early models, but as of early 2009 those issues were corrected and the new ones work as advertised.

What's the real deal with these?

And if I use it primarily with the bucket above, do you-all think this would work out well? The combination would still be lighter than the Miniworks, take less space in my pack, etc, etc. In fact the water bucket should help with even the Miniworks since in the real world I found even that one clogged and needed cleaning after several nights on the trail (getting water from small sediment-filled streams and alpine lakes)...

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this...

3:28 p.m. on July 5, 2010 (EDT)
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bheiser1 I was thinking about getting the HyperFlow as well and in the process of my research I found a lot of mixed reviews as well then I came across this article

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/msr_hyperflow_modified_cartridge_review.htm

This kind of kicked it into the no category for me.

4:45 p.m. on July 5, 2010 (EDT)
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Thanks! I agree ... I'll stick with my Miniworks for now and deal with the heft until I find a workable solution that's significantly lighter and smaller to warrant switching. I'm still considering the collapsible bucket (at the cost of another 4 oz) as that may help extend the time between cleanings of the Miniworks filter...

As an aside, I feel really uncomfortable with the cleaning process of the Miniworks in the field because of (what I feel is) a high risk of cross contamination. It's fine at home where I know I have a source with plenty of safe water for the rinsing process, and can wash my hands in clear water after handling the contaminated filter, but in the field that's not the case...

5:17 p.m. on July 5, 2010 (EDT)
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bheiser1 I was thinking about getting the HyperFlow as well and in the process of my research I found a lot of mixed reviews as well then I came across this article

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/msr_hyperflow_modified_cartridge_review.htm

This kind of kicked it into the no category for me.

Needed the "l" on html for that link to work for me...

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/msr_hyperflow_modified_cartridge_review.html

1:19 p.m. on July 7, 2010 (EDT)
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Sorry about the broken link people Cleric has it squared away.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/msr_hyperflow_modified_cartridge_review.html

Thanks Cleric

3:51 p.m. on July 7, 2010 (EDT)
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Yikes. I'll be staying away from that filter...

1:16 a.m. on July 8, 2010 (EDT)
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Yep and it's too bad ... in the write-ups it sounds almost idea ... lightweight, fast, etc. For me it'll be my Miniworks until something lighter but with equivalent functionality comes along...

11:20 a.m. on July 8, 2010 (EDT)
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Yea I was impressed by the specs and unimpressed by the performance. I was able to go to my local EMS and the salesmen let me take one apart. IMO the filter cartridge is way to small.

12:40 a.m. on July 31, 2010 (EDT)
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Guess I'm stuck with my 1 lb Miniworks EX then :(

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