User Review: SteriPEN Classic
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
The easiest way to be safe when using unknown water is the SteriPEN!
- Ease of use, Just fill a bottle, expose to the UV light... done
- It weighs next to nothing.
- Very easy to clean
- Was a little worried about the glass tube. Didn't break but it seems like an easy part to break.
Some friends and myself took a backpacking trip into Denali National Park. Specifically we hiked up the Toklat River crossed the ridge to the west and then returned through what was essentially a swamp.
We knew water was going to be a factor on the trip. We had planned on 3 days in and 3 days out with 1 extra day for what ever... So, 7-day trip in the backcountry. The main source of water for the first half was the river. A glacier melt river so it was packed with tons of silt.
We did the best we could with out micro filters but considering the abuse they were getting from the silt. We also used a SteriPEN on everything. The best part about the SteriPEN is its ease of use and the re-assuredness we all got after 5 days of abusing the MSR filter that regardless of the condition of the micro filter nothing was going to make us sick from that water.
So, in a nut shell I wouldn't give up a filter or pre-filter before using the SteriPEN. However, I will from now on always have a SteriPEN with me in the backcountry... NO MORE SICKNESS DUE TO BAD WATER!!!