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dropkick
2007-05-08, 05:50
McNett Frontier Emergency Water Filter on sale $7.90
www.nitro-pak.com/product_info.php?products_id=819
Anyone tried one of these?
Only good for about 20 gallons, but might be worthwhile as a back up.

Rhino-lfl
2007-05-08, 16:48
This is better

http://www.alloysafe.com/products.php?subcatid=13&catid=2

dropkick
2007-05-08, 19:06
This is better

http://www.alloysafe.com/products.php?subcatid=13&catid=2

I agree :adore:

TeeDee
2007-05-08, 21:09
This is better

http://www.alloysafe.com/products.php?subcatid=13&catid=2

I notice they list the "shipping weight" as 2 lbs. Even allowing for 1/2 the weight to be shipping materials, that is one hell'ava heavy "drinking straw".!.!.!

Assuming the 16 oz figure is near the actual weight, the Katadyn Pocket:

http://www.katadyn.us/brands-products/katadyn/katadyn-filters-and-purifiers/endurance-series/katadyn-pocket.html

is only 4 oz heavier and has almost 3 times the capacity. The Katadyn would seem to be the better choice and for each oz under 16 for the shipping container the Katadyn looks even better.

Now if the shipping container is over 16 oz, then I think they need to seriously review their shipping methods. You'd be paying them to ship you mostly container.

The advantage of the drinking straw is that it will
removes chlorine, bad taste, odor, water soluble heavy metals, pesticides, aresenic, mercury (EDB), carcinogens and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses

I don't think the Katadyn is useful for Chlorine, bad taste, odor, pesticides, mercury, carcinogens or water soluble heavy metals. If that list is more than the marketer's dream, then that would explain the hefty weight. But where are you backpacking that you are worried about
Chlorine, pesticides, mercury, carcinogens or water soluble heavy metals??

Let me know and I'll be very sure to avoid that area.

Amigi
2007-05-08, 23:15
Ah, I dont see an NSF stamp on the survival straw. If you REALLY need a back up, burn some wood down to black charcoal ( no white ). Take the charcoal and put it in a clean sock ( or a used one if youre about to die ), and pour your water several times through the sock. That will kill a lot of the shit the straw lists and its free.

dropkick
2007-05-09, 01:28
On the other hand the Katadyn Filter your talking about costs $220.00 (REI).
After considering the options I think I'm going to stick with using Polar Pure.

Rhino-lfl
2007-05-09, 09:25
This is better

http://www.alloysafe.com/products.php?subcatid=13&catid=2

I have no first hand experience with it, it's just on my wish to try out list. I think that the filtering material is some sort of alloy if I read it right, that could explain some weight. However I ordered a small pocket knife once and it came wrapped in a fridge box lol. I can see a box that is cardboard, the size of a shoe box and packed with foam weighing twice as much as the item in it.

Worth a fathers day gift though if you print out the webpage and leave it on your womans underwear drawer.

Woods Walker
2007-06-06, 01:46
I have one. Keep it inside my daypack just in case.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n220/Daytraderwon/minbobwater.jpg

Even used it once when I got a bit lost. I burned though my water and used the straw to drink out my Ti cup from a small steam. Did I have too? Well I was in no danger of going belly up but I did buy the darn thing for just this type of stuff and the tabs in the daypack taste nasty. I have Katadyn tabs (better) if I remember inside my main pack but they are back up to the MSR and have not used them in years. In fact I think they are expired but does anyone know if this matter? Anyways the straw worked out ok. After I used the thing it was tossed and replaced with another one. Thinking it is a one time shot but don't know. However for 8 bucks I didn't care.

Nightwalker
2007-10-01, 22:28
On the other hand the Katadyn Filter your talking about costs $220.00 (REI).
After considering the options I think I'm going to stick with using Polar Pure.

Chlorine bleach, baby. 2 drops of Clorox extra per liter, shake well, wait 30 minutes and enjoy. Or you could just drink the water like I do.

Hey, I've only gotten Giardiasis once in my life. It's not as bad as all that, and Flagyl kills it quick. Funny thing is, it wasn't even during a time in my life when I hiked! I've never gotten sick off of back-country water, and I only treat if it's low, slow or near where people or livestock live. (Most of the VA AT, in other words :))

pure_mahem
2007-10-02, 23:38
I have one. Keep it inside my daypack just in case.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n220/Daytraderwon/minbobwater.jpg

Even used it once when I got a bit lost. I burned though my water and used the straw to drink out my Ti cup from a small steam. Did I have too? Well I was in no danger of going belly up but I did buy the darn thing for just this type of stuff and the tabs in the daypack taste nasty. I have Katadyn tabs (better) if I remember inside my main pack but they are back up to the MSR and have not used them in years. In fact I think they are expired but does anyone know if this matter? Anyways the straw worked out ok. After I used the thing it was tossed and replaced with another one. Thinking it is a one time shot but don't know. However for 8 bucks I didn't care.
usually there still good if the seal hasn't been broken, but once the seal has been broken they are only good for a few months!

The bleach method works really well for me and its a hell of a lot cheaper.

I'm not going to tell anyone to drink water they don't want to. Maybe I'm just lucky but I havent gotten sick from drinking water I find. Like Night walker said I don't drink from slow moving or standing water. I usually grab it from fast moving streams or springs.

dropkick
2007-10-03, 02:37
I'm not going to tell anyone to drink water they don't want to. Maybe I'm just lucky but I havent gotten sick from drinking water I find. Like Night walker said I don't drink from slow moving or standing water. I usually grab it from fast moving streams or springs.

Thought I'd just pass this along:
While fast moving streams often contain healthier water than slow moving or standing water, you don't want to drink the water where it is moving fast.

Find an an area behind a large rock, in a bend of the stream, etc. where the water has slowed or stopped moving (but is still fresh). Drink from the top of the water there.

The slowing of the water allows protozoa and other things you don't want to settle to the bottom, while when it's moving fast it rolls them around and puts them all through the water.

pure_mahem
2007-10-03, 02:51
I forgot to mention I use a clear nalgene as my water bottle. I usually always hold it up to the light, if I see anything in it I;ll either pass it by or add 4 drops of unscented clorox and wait. I haven't had to add clorox in a while though. Good points though Dropkick.

filterdix
2009-02-21, 04:10
How is it similar on this water filter guys??? http://www.vagabondish.com/wp-content/uploads/istraw-water-filter-drinking-straw.jpg


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atraildreamer
2009-02-23, 15:44
I have no first hand experience with it, it's just on my wish to try out list. I think that the filtering material is some sort of alloy if I read it right, that could explain some weight. However I ordered a small pocket knife once and it came wrapped in a fridge box lol. I can see a box that is cardboard, the size of a shoe box and packed with foam weighing twice as much as the item in it.

I once ordered 4 thermal fuses to fix a food dehydrator (1 for the fix and 3 spares). Now the thermal fuses are about the size of a electrical resistor, cost about $1.50 each, and the four of them together probably weighed about 1/2 ounce, if that. The company's only shipping option was a 2 pound FedEx surface rate for $7. :afraid:

I suggested that they could stick the 4 of them in a standard business size envelope and stick a 43 cent stamp on it and thus save me $6.57. But no-o-o-o, they would not hear of it.:albertein So, to get my money's worth on the shipping, I had them include a catalog just so I could have the satisfaction of throwing it away when it arrived with the thermal fuses! :aetsch: