Filters and Purifiers


What's the best hand-pump water filter for under $120?

I have been looking for a good minimalist water purifier. I have been looking at Katadyn Pocket water filter with Output Hose, but $ 320.00 seems dear. I just can't pull that trigger since usually I just boil water. But now I'm looking for more instant gratification nowadays—for under $120? FredSanta Monica, CA

Doug Gantenbein
Mar 14, 2011

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Dennis Lewon, Jeremy Spencer, Doug Schnitzspahn, Marc Peruzzi, Sam Moulton, Lisa Jhung, Mike Steere, Christopher Solomon, Dave Cox, Kate Siber, Stephanie Pearson, Molly Loomis, and Alicia Carr
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What's the best way to treat water while on a long-distance trail run?

In the last few years I have really taken to trail running long distances. My long runs can last over eight hours and are often big loops or out-and-backs in the mountains. Stream water is abundant on the trails in Cascades where I run but unsafe to drink untreated. When I hike or backpack I can take my water purifier. While trail running I try and travel light. It looks like some of the treatment tablets take up to four hours and are not effective against all the nasties in the water. What do recommend for water treatment?—TomSeattle, WA

Douglas Gantenbein
Apr 27, 2010