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Deluxe Water Purifier

rated 5 of 5 stars Reliable, versatile, and fast. Reliable, versatile, and fast. I purchased my unit well over 20 years ago. Used it on hikes in the Coast and Cascades ranges of Oregon and Washington. And really put it to the test while while trekking in Myanmar, Central America, and travels from Ghana to Namibia. Purified water from very suspect sources. Never had an issue, never suffered from water borne problems. Definitely a lifesaver and definitely a product to recommend.  Full review

Deluxe Water Purifier

rated 5 of 5 stars The only real choice if you want to remove all the nasty bugs/chemicals from your water source with a single self-contained device. I’ve had this First Need purifier for nearly a decade and it has served me and my hiking/backpacking buddies well. Most importantly, this is not simply a water filter but a chemical-free purifier. That means you don’t have to use the chemicals other require or the addition of iodine to make water safe to consume. This means it removes a lot of those difficult to… Full review

XLE Elite Canister

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Never used another filter. Been using several for 30 years. It's only good for about 100 gallons and is difficult to pump when nearing the end of its life expectancy. I don't think I've ever cleaned mine, but I've only filtered clear water from Rocky Mountain and Appalachian streams. Have never gotten sick from drinking water it filtered. Can pump a quart in several minutes. The hoses it comes with are short. I used a piece of surgical tubing in place of one hose.     Full review

Deluxe Water Purifier XL

rated 5 of 5 stars Quick and easy to use, back flush, and clean. Very high quality. A bit heavy compared to other filters, but the peace of mind it gives is worth the extra few ounces. This purifier gives me the peace of mind knowing my water source will not make me sick. It is effective against bacteria, cysts, and viruses plus it removes giardia and cryptosporidia while using no chemicals to treat the water. The purifier removes chemical contaminants and pollutants such as pesticides. It provides you with… Full review

Deluxe Water Purifier XL

rated 5 of 5 stars We have had this pump for 3 years now. Although it is a little bulky and could be a bit more ergonomically designed, it has been a lifesaver for us. This little purifier gives me peace of mind when we are camping. It is a relatively quick and efficient way to provide safe clean water for drinking. The pumping mechanism is not as ergonomic as I'd like, but it is a small price to pay for health. We use a lightweight collapsible bucket which fits inside the stuff sack with the pump to fetch water from… Full review

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