User Review: Katadyn Exstream XR Bottle Purifier
Price Paid: $42.99
I read the reviews above. These types of stupid online feedback sites makes anyone an expert...which causes more hard than good.
While searching the internet, I came across this web page and read the reviews on this wonderful personal water purification system. The intent of this system is to provide an ultralight, bare minimal option for drinking water. When hiking in a desert, this was really a stupid move. A personal hydration system should be used when in high drinking water demands as far as the hydration comments above.
I use this system as intended. My last mountaineering adventure was the result of a short side line road trip in a remote part of the world. My companion and I came across a mountain range and headed off for a short climb. We reached a level where we reloaded our Exstream bottles from a pool of water that was created by melting snow. Yes, there were tiny worm-like things moving in the water! This water was used as we made our short day climb.
If the directions are followed, as intended, it takes 2 to 4 seconds for water to work its way thought the iodide cartridge, killing the intended bio hazards. Simple... read the instructions and understand what this purification was intended for before thinking about purchasing one. The iodide resin technology is not healthy for long term use; therefore do not consider this system for everyday gym, etc...
A 5 star product from the Swiss. A climb with a hydration pack was not the proper tool for our fast and quick light trekking around the mountains for a couple hours.