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SGT Rock
2004-04-18, 22:08
Not a full review, just a few after the hike comments.

I used Aqua Mira on my recent hike with the kids. I found it to be pretty easy to use, nothing to mess up on unless you don't have any patience.

Basically mix 7 drops of each part in the mixing cap per liter, for me it was 21 drops which did not even fill the cap all the way up - so there is plenty of room for even bigger containers in that cap. After that, you wait about 5 minutes while the chemicals mix into a light yellowish-green color liquid. The pour the mix into the bag and shake it, 30 minutes later it should be clean if you are using really cold water, less if the water isn't that cold.

Some people have said there isn't much of a taste change using Chlorine Dioxide (the chemical of Aqua Mira) but both my sons and I found it to add a slightly citrus taste to the water that was not there if we drank the water pure from the source. It is not a worse or better change in my opinion than using Polar Pure Iodine but is definatly a lighter change than using iodine tablets or chlorine bleach.

As for effectiveness, my children and I are all still fine after drinking water treated with Aqua Mira. I don't know what contaminates (if any) were in the water we treated, but the area we mustly got our water from was in the Ozark Mountains of Arkasas where there is moderate to high hiker and camping traffic as compared to most other places I normally go.

AddyB
2004-04-22, 14:27
I've never used drops for water when I climb. I usually melt snow for water, but if I'm in the forest I use a Katadyn water filter. It's about 100 bucks, but it's got a cleanable ceramic filter and a pump so you can filter about a litre of water in like 10 seconds. I've heard that water drops give a slight taste to the water, so that's why I've never used them.

Just my two cents (Canadian)

JAK
2004-04-28, 05:47
I use Aquamira ( Pristine in Canada ). Kits lasts a long time, usually expires before its all gone so check expiration date before buying. You can get smaller dropper bottles to reduce weight on hike but I don't bother. I carry the two bottles plus a small wedding bottle in a pocket so I can premix the stuff on the march 5-10 minutes before hitting a stream. With this stuff I rarely have to carry more than 1 litre in New Brunswick except in winter.

wedding bottle for premixing:
http://www.wedowed.com/wdw43.jpg

Bozeman Mountain Works 0.35 oz Fluid Capacity Droppers:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/00131.html

SGT Rock
2004-04-28, 07:55
The botle sounds like a good idea.

woodrat
2004-12-19, 21:32
I had the chance to use it thru all of july and august treating up to 5 gallons at a time, for a total of about 100 gal. seemed to work very well, did notice taste but not a prob.