User Review: Bota of Boulder Outback Water Filtration System
Price Paid: $20
I chose the Bota because it appeared to be an economical and simple method of providing potable water from suspect sources.
We first tried it out 3 years ago on an extended hike in the Porcupines (Michigan). The filter worked great. Although my wife was skeptical at first, she became a believer after tasting the clean water (and living to tell about it).
The half star deduction relates to the poorly designed plastic cap and the fact that it does require some hand/forearm strength to squeeze the water through the filter. It takes approx. 1-1/2 fills of the Bota to fill up a standard Nalgene water bottle. Your arms will get tired in the process, but hey, look at the muscles you're building after filling 3-4 water bottles!
Whether taken from steams, lakes or ponds, the water flow rate through the filter seems the same from the first squeeze up to the last, although all the places we've hiked had relatively clean looking water.
The plastic dome shaped protective spout cover broke on our 3rd hike. A minor complaint since the cover has no effect on the filters operation or effectiveness.