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Lifestraw
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I'm sure most of you have seen these;

http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw

They are currently being used to save lives all over the world, where water sources are contaminated and undrinkable.

You can get them at Amazon for 25 bucks;

http://www.amazon.com/Vestergaard-Frands...B006QF3TW4


Anyway, my parents bought one of these for me for Christmas, and I'm thinking of replacing the filter bottler in my GHB with the lifestraw, to further save space and weight.

Thoughts? I'm trying to figure out the downsides of doing this, and other than the bottle being full and lasting awhile, instead of stopping to drink, I can't think of any.

Thanks!

Justin
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#2
Here's the drawback:

Quote:Does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals, taste.
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This thread reminds me of that gimmick stuff that I saw being sent to Iraq where you could pee in this filter, it would clean out the junk supposedly, then you could drink the fluid as if it was "almost" water.
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#4
I like them for GHB, camping etc, Don't know about this brand but most have a shelf life so investigate that.
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streaker69;63761 Wrote:Here's the drawback:

Quote:Does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals, taste.

Hmmm yeah, but neither does most other filters. Viruses and heavy metals aren't too much of a concern in the waterways I would be using.

Justin

ArcticSplash;63765 Wrote:This thread reminds me of that gimmick stuff that I saw being sent to Iraq where you could pee in this filter, it would clean out the junk supposedly, then you could drink the fluid as if it was "almost" water.

Well, good thing it's not that.

Justin
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I feel that I have reasonable background with portable filtration devices from my backpacking days....granted it’s been a while.

I would decide what you expect to filter based on your predicted travel, ie getting home from work, or whatever, and the water sources available.

While I never used a straw device they seem to work as good as most other pumping filters that do not introduce iodine or such to kill viruses.

The one thing to watch is clogging. Most filters clog quickly from minor sediment. They probably work great from a well source that is contaminated, but from running water is another story.
If there is a way to back flush or clean the filter great.
Otherwise I would be careful if the intent is for the straw to be disposable with very limited use. If that fits the bill go for it.
Personally regardless of what filter you carry I would also carry either a small bottle of iodine pills or bleach as a backup. I always did when backpacking and was real glad once during a drought, when the only water I could find for hours was a swampy mud hole that i didn't trust with filtration only.
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When I used to backpack, I always carried some packets of kool-aid. Worked good for masking the taste of the purification tablets.
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streaker69;63781 Wrote:When I used to backpack, I always carried some packets of kool-aid. Worked good for masking the taste of the purification tablets.

Yup that was SOP.

I always had some lemonade mix with me, so I could enjoy something other than just water.
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God's Country;63779 Wrote:I feel that I have reasonable background with portable filtration devices from my backpacking days....granted it’s been a while.

I would decide what you expect to filter based on your predicted travel, ie getting home from work, or whatever, and the water sources available.

While I never used a straw device they seem to work as good as most other pumping filters that do not introduce iodine or such to kill viruses.

The one thing to watch is clogging. Most filters clog quickly from minor sediment. They probably work great from a well source that is contaminated, but from running water is another story.
If there is a way to back flush or clean the filter great.
Otherwise I would be careful if the intent is for the straw to be disposable with very limited use. If that fits the bill go for it.
Personally regardless of what filter you carry I would also carry either a small bottle of iodine pills or bleach as a backup. I always did when backpacking and was real glad once during a drought, when the only water I could find for hours was a swampy mud hole that i didn't trust with filtration only.

The life straw has back flush capability.

I've also been carrying a pump filter and chlorine dixoide tablets for about 25 years..., but this isn't for backpacking, its for emergency use only..., at least, that's what I'd use it for.

I guess I should link what I'm talking about replacing it with. In my GHB thread,

http://www.pa2a.org/thread-get-home-bags-not-bobs

I currently carry a filter bottle, which I've used and it works great. However, to save space and weight, I'm thinking of replacing it with the lifestraw in that application only..., not my recreational use.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;63802 Wrote:
God's Country;63779 Wrote:I feel that I have reasonable background with portable filtration devices from my backpacking days....granted it’s been a while.

I would decide what you expect to filter based on your predicted travel, ie getting home from work, or whatever, and the water sources available.

While I never used a straw device they seem to work as good as most other pumping filters that do not introduce iodine or such to kill viruses.

The one thing to watch is clogging. Most filters clog quickly from minor sediment. They probably work great from a well source that is contaminated, but from running water is another story.
If there is a way to back flush or clean the filter great.
Otherwise I would be careful if the intent is for the straw to be disposable with very limited use. If that fits the bill go for it.
Personally regardless of what filter you carry I would also carry either a small bottle of iodine pills or bleach as a backup. I always did when backpacking and was real glad once during a drought, when the only water I could find for hours was a swampy mud hole that i didn't trust with filtration only.

The life straw has back flush capability.

I've also been carrying a pump filter and chlorine dixoide tablets for about 25 years..., but this isn't for backpacking, its for emergency use only..., at least, that's what I'd use it for.

I guess I should link what I'm talking about replacing it with. In my GHB thread,

http://www.pa2a.org/thread-get-home-bags-not-bobs

I currently carry a filter bottle, which I've used and it works great. However, to save space and weight, I'm thinking of replacing it with the lifestraw in that application only..., not my recreational use.

Justin

Then I would keep it and love it.Wink
I would still keep the chlorine tablets.

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