[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0007U0148″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/317M2S54D9L._SL160_.jpg” width=”45″]Would you like to be able to filter large volumes of water at one go? Are you not into the tiresome process of manual pumping? This water filter that uses the natural force of gravity may just be what you need. Read on to find out more!
The design of this water filter allows you to filter up to 2.5 gallons of water in just a quarter of an hour. Simply fill the sack with water from any source and let gravity and the field-cleanable Hiker PRO filter cartridge take care of the rest. It will function like your own little water tower, with no extra manual or mechanical labor required to extract the filtered water. One cartridge can filter more than 200 gallons of water before needing replacement.
The water filter is an effective glass fiber construction that catches even microscopic contaminants from the water. Around the core, a mesh-screen filter protector holds up the larger bits of contaminants. Due to the nature of the filter, expect to have to clean the mesh-screen regularly; otherwise gravity will not be strong enough to pull the water through a blocked filter.
The package for this product will include all parts of the actual filter: the bag, cartridge, lock ring, hose and valve, along with an instruction manual, a sponge and some silicone lubricant. Please note that no tripod stand or other support mechanism will be included. However, the top hoop that is formed two durable straps connected with a buckle ensure that you can hang this water filter from pretty much anywhere, making it a very practical tool. As a plus, though the device seems to have many parts to it, the overall weight is quite light; ideal for backpacking.
Setting up is easy thanks to the well-illustrated and no-nonsense user manual. The included silicone lubricant is surprisingly helpful when connecting the rubber parts. There are even some useful tips included that will help extend the life of the water filter. One thing to make note of when using this device is that as you will it with water, the bag becomes heavy! If you consider that the bag can hold around 2.5 gallons of water at one go, it can weigh around 20lb! While there is no pumping required, make sure you are fit to hold or carry this weight, or maybe go for a little less and refill more often.
- Good user instructions complemented with illustrations for easier use
- An overall reasonable design with an intelligent choice of color (it is easy to spot the blue sack against almost any backdrop)
- Great for filtering large volumes of water in camp (or while stationary)
- The product is quite durable and will surely last a long time
- Not ideal for filtering water for a small number of people or while on the move
- No tripod is supplied, this can make setting up in certain locations close to impossible
- While no pumping is required, the filtration process is quite slow
- There is no information given by the manufacturer on what this product does or does not filter from the water
Who Should Buy This Water Filter?
This is a perfect product for larger groups of people who will require a soundly working water filter once they set up camp. Hikers, bikers, boaters but even RV campers can use this water filter, but it cannot be stressed enough times that it is required for the group to be stationary for at least 15 minutes until the water filter can work its magic; it cannot be used on the road.
[easyazon-block align=”center” asin=”B0007U0148″ locale=”us”]Summary
A product with great customer satisfaction ratings and a functional design, the Base Camp Water Filter is definitely a recommended device for those who are after some clean, drinking-quality water anywhere they may be.
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