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[Amazon Canada] LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel Amazon.ca $19.99 Warm Deal

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Seems really gimmicky to me.

Last back country trip I took that involved a lot questionable water sources (Mongolia), I used purification tablets. Dirt cheap, easy to use, takes no space at all, stores safely (from water/physical damage), kills everything, easy to know if it's working (smell and taste), and purifies as much water as you want in whatever container is available. Plus you don't look like a clown and offend your local hosts by pulling out a silly over-engineered straw to drink their water.

Straws are supposed to be last resort survival devices--and ideally are single use since micro-tears in the filter won't be observable to you (i.e. they fail in a way that leaves you screwed and provides no warning). Honestly, you don't have room in your survival pack for junk and gimmicks.
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feminazi wrote:
Jul 13th, 2019 7:29 pm
I think our next water filtration device will have to be a Sawyer!! The Befree Katadyn looks like it filters quickly and really well and the 3L bag it comes with is quite convenient. If I see a really sharp deal on a Sawyer filter though I think it is well worth picking one up instead of the Lifestraw!
If you want speed, you can step up to one of the other Sawyer models which may have a faster flow rate. The problem with the Befree is that the capacity of it is lower than the LifeStraw at 1,000 L.
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craftsman wrote:
Jul 13th, 2019 7:59 pm
If you want speed, you can step up to one of the other Sawyer models which may have a faster flow rate. The problem with the Befree is that the capacity of it is lower than the LifeStraw at 1,000 L.
Yeah, even if it is conservatively rated at 1000L which I am sure it is, 1000L can't compare to the Sawyer products. The Befree Katadyn was 60 something bucks.on Amazon.ca which isn't a bad price but it wasn't a hot price or anything. All that being said, 1000L will last us for quite a few days of back country camping and it isn't like we are doing it for months a year or anything.
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I got it for 12.99 on amazon.ca last year
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craftsman wrote:
Jul 12th, 2019 1:58 pm
If you count the fact that the Platypus filter is good for 1,500 L while the Mini is good for 100,000 US Gallons (or 370,000 L), the difference in price is a no-brainer.
So, how do you know you’ve gone through 100,000 gallons of water with the filter. Please do tell.
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Sejad wrote:
Jul 14th, 2019 12:56 am
So, how do you know you’ve gone through 100,000 gallons of water with the filter. Please do tell.
How can you tell when the limit is hit on any filter?
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Was just watching a show where these were mentioned, what a strange coincedence

I hope we never need these to survive a bio attack though lol
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been wanting a lifestraw for the longest time but thanks to this thread, Ima get a sawyer now lol
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$12.99 for Prime members today.
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BigJonsson wrote:
Jul 14th, 2019 2:38 am
Was just watching a show where these were mentioned, what a strange coincedence

I hope we never need these to survive a bio attack though lol
Must have been Designated Survivor.. just watched that as well :)
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Msan2000 wrote:
Jul 15th, 2019 5:45 pm
Must have been Designated Survivor.. just watched that as well :)
Correct lol

Such a bad season but I only have 20 minutes left, S1 and S2 weren't great but way more interesting than this
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Do you actually take this to a pond/lake and drink directly? (or put the water in a container first, same thing)

It would still taste like lake water and the water entering your mouth would still be cloudy no?
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I saw it down to 12.99 deal of the day
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Bought this a few years ago when I tried it at home on tap water the taste was disgusting.

It not just plastic taste but some yucky taste that I can't describe. Yucky enough that I didn't want to drink any more of it.
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Is the taste that bad? Deciding to pull the trigger on one of these for an upcoming trip.

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