User Review: Katadyn Exstream XR Bottle Purifier
Price Paid: $48
There is a little work involved with this product, but I don't really have an issue with it. Squeezing a water bottle from time to time shouldn't push anyone's limits, especially if he/she is hiking with 25-35 pounds on his/her back. This was in my price range and that means I have limited ability to moan and complain about having to work for the safe water, which I faithfully feel is purified through my use of it, internet reviews, and the web site info.
I have put some fairly nasty water in this beast and have never suffered from a belly ache or angry butt. On longer trips, I fill up an empty CamelBak on the trail rather than carry a lot from the get go. I am pleased with it and resist the temptation of going all-out with a $100 plus product. The filter is pricey at $40-ish; however, the filter is the major component of the product, so it makes sense that the filter is almost as expensive as the whole product.
There are some things worth complaining about. . .the reasonable cost of the Katadyn Exstream XR is not one of them. It works for what I need it to do.