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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennE View Post
    I carry a 3L camel back and run out of water occasionally. I rarely ride where there are no creeks.

    Anyone filter water and refill a camel back during rides? Ever get sick from it?

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    I carry a life straw with a screw on bladder so I can filter straight into my camelbak. Don't see how I would get sick from it and I haven't. It doesn't take up much space either. When I was up in Idaho in June I used it to filter some ice cold creek water and it was the most refreshing thing ever.
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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    Not while riding but extensive backpacking with a filter has never gotten me sick. For that I really like the Platypus GravityWorks. The filter is small and in-line between two water bags (dedicated dirty and clean). One bag and the filter would be plenty to fill a bladder from, and it filters quite quickly--even in silty, tannic water.
    Also would not drinking straight from a running creek. General rule, straight out of the ground, flowing, and clear is good to go. Last time I drank from a creek was ~15 years ago and was sick for days. Lernt my lesson. Kyle

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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    I carry an MSR filter
    https://www.allfilters.com/campingfi...urifier-system

    Works well, is a little big to pack but filters the water pretty fast. For sure a must have when riding the back country. I used it 3 times this past week on a 4 day ride to fill the packs of the group I was with. I've used it mostly to filter from streams but have also had to get water from seeping springs and mud puddles.
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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    I've got a lifestraw, used to it to drink directly from a creek in Idaho when I ran out of water in July, no issues. I also have a Sawyer with 1 gallon bag I'd bring if doing something where I definitely expected to run out of water. I know guys that did a 5 day camp off the bike trip in the rocky's and they filtered out of creeks everyday, no issues. I've seen some videos of people documenting big through hikes on the PCT, CDT, and AT and seen people filter right out of nasty stagnant cattle holding tanks without getting sick. Tablets work too of course, but definitely can be done
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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    I have only used my Sawyer Mini one time while riding, but it is a daily thing elk hunting.

    I carry the filter and a 64oz Squeezable Pouch. If needed I can fill up the pouch and filter water later.

    Takes up very little room.

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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    Thanks guys. Sounds like its worth getting. I will pick one up.
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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    I carry the straw type, bivowac sack, matches, lighter, etc. Everything I might need to survive the night. Not much water in the desert though...
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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by KWJones View Post
    Not while riding but extensive backpacking with a filter has never gotten me sick. For that I really like the Platypus GravityWorks.
    Same here. No pumping, no pushing...let gravity do its thing.

    Someone mentioned pills. Years ago the pills didn't work and I got Giardia and Cryptosporidium at the same time. HAHA It was pretty bad...but Flagyl killed it.
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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by DonS View Post
    Same here. No pumping, no pushing...let gravity do its thing.

    Someone mentioned pills. Years ago the pills didn't work and I got Giardia and Cryptosporidium at the same time. HAHA It was pretty bad...but Flagyl killed it.
    I hear ya. More recently I have used 'Pristine Water Purification Tabs' extensively for multiday backpacking trips. They either work or I've been extremely lucky. For the occasional use while dirt biking, I just don't see the benefit of carrying a filtration system.

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    Default Re: Anyone carry a water filter?

    I almost always carry my little MSR hand pump. We almost always have pristine water crossings and it's a great excuse to stop and take in the environment. Plus, I rarely need to ride with a full bladder which can be nice for the gnarly bits of ST. 30-40 squeezes is all it takes, grind a couple bites of something and filling the eyes with beauty is almost always worth it for a 15' break in ID/MT.

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