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I have an old PUR Scout that must be something like 15 years old. It's served me well, and I haven't even changed the filter on it (though I've been good about keeping it clean, etc.) I was on rei.com looking at replacement filters [ http://www.rei.com/product/695231/katadyn-guide-pro-element ], was about to buy one, but then came across the following warning:
- "Note! This element used in a Scout Purifier will not provide purification, only filtration"
It seems that PUR discontinued the Scout at some point because the Iodine-impregnated filter wasn't killing the viruses as expected.
So, on to my question: should I buy an entirely new purification system (such as the Katadyn Hiker: http://www.katadyn.com/en/katadyn-products/products/katadynshopconnect/katadyn-wasserfilter-backcountry-series-produkte/katadyn-hiker/ ), or is the filter replacement in the PUR Scout good enough?
The Katadyn Hiker doesn't remove viruses either (see http://www.katadyn.com/fileadmin/user_upload/katadyn_products/Downloads/Selection_Card_Filter_Technology_Comparison_EN.pdf ). So, is the Katadyn Hiker any different than the PUR Scout? Or do they both block bacteria, protozoa, etc, but let viruses through? Perhaps I should be looking at a "purifier" instead of the katadyn hiker anyway?
Finally, I'll be drinking water from a river way back in a forest in Bolivia. It won't be horribly soiled water, but there will be nasties in it.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!