Guyot Designs TapGuard
This is somewhat of a novelty item (and I love gadgets),…
Price Paid: MSRP
This is somewhat of a novelty item (and I love gadgets), so that's why I really purchased this item. But, the city in which I live also has terrible water, so it was worth the try for the price. It will enhance the taste of TAP water, IMO, but is it necessary? Depending where you live, maybe, maybe not...
Pros: Does enhance taste of water and removes medium to large particulates. Doubles as a splash guard. Can re-fill bottle without removing TapGuard.
Unfortunately, this good idea of a product is ill-conceived.
Cons: First of all, filters are always expensive. It tells you it will do a couple hundred liters, but the bags will not last that long. The bottom cap keeping the filter in place is not tight enough, thusly gravity pulls it open. It will taste like plastic for a while. My advice is to clean it when hot water and let is sit in water for a while. This will allow all those "manufacturing tastes" to leach out.
If Guyot redesigns this product, which they should because it would be quite easy to, I would recommend this. However, with its current design, I say wait till they improve upon it if you're interested in improving the often terrible public water.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Did you know that Americans throw away an estimated 2.5 million plastic bottles each hour? The Guyot Designs TapGuard(TM) helps reduce this dizzying figure by improving the taste of tap water. By using the TapGuard and the 2 included carbon pouches you can save 400 plastic bottles, 65 lbs. of carbon dioxide, 2 gallons of oil and $500 of your hard-earned cash. TapGuard utilizes an activated carbon pouch to remove chlorine, iodine and other bad tasting chemicals; removes up to 95% of chlorine. Package includes the food-grade silicone TapGuard and 2 carbon pouches, which each deliver 100 liters of better-tasting water. Fits easily into most wide-mouth water bottles, including CamelBak and Nalgene; pop the TapGuard into your bottle, sip through the grated mouth hole and enjoy. Additional carbon pouches are sold separately. As part of the Guyot Designs C-Minus(TM) program, the TapGuard is more than just ''carbon neutral,'' it's actually ''carbon negative''. Guyot Designs purchases enough carbon offsets to not only neutralize the production impacts of TapGuards, but to actually reduce greenhouse emissions. Each TapGuard carries enough carbon offsets to account for more than 50 lbs. of verifiable greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Every product in the C-Minus program receives a unique serial number, allowing you to verify the carbon offsets at the Guyot Designs website. Please note: The Guyot Designs TapGuard is for use with safe water sources only.
Guyot Tapguard Filter Replacement - Closeout - Package contains a TapGuard unit and two replacement carbon filters, enough for 200 liters of great water, Fits Camelback, Nalgene and most wide mouth bottles, Removes 95% of Chlorine, Save money, save the earth replaces hundreds of disposable bottles, Carbon filter material made in the USA.
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