Hydration Systems

Hydration systems are made up of a number of components for carrying and/or making water potable (drinkable). An earlier post  ‘Water on the Trail‘ describes some background, here the focus is on available gear/options, in particular, filter systems. Typical filters will remove 99.99999% of all bacteria, for example salmonella, cholera, & E.coli and remove 99.9999% of all protozoa, for example giardia and cryptosporidium. Over time, filters will clog up with debris and sediment and need to be back-flushed or cleaned. Filters are usually small and lightweight, consider carrying a spare or alternative backup water purification method – like sterilization tablets.

 

Potable Aqua

Potable aqua tablets are used to treat water on the trail. Unlike water filtration systems or UV lights, potable aqua is a chemical water purifier. Different tablets treat different amounts of water over different periods of time. Always check the instructions. Each tablet contains 20 mg of Tetraglycine Hydroperiodide (TGHP) and …

SteriPEN

Here we review the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti handheld UV water purifier. This is one of many ways to get water on the trail. Unlike filter based hydration systems like Platypus, BeFree and Sawyer, the SteriPEN uses UV light to kill bacteria. It achieves this by destroying their DNA. SteriPEN offer …

Platypus GravityWorks Hydration

The Platypus GravityWorks hydration system uses gravity to filter water. It comes with 2 bags, one for dirty water (unfiltered) and one to hold the clean water that has passed through the filter. Fill the dirty bag from a river or lake, connect up the filter, hang the dirty bag …

Saywer Hydration System

The Saywer hydration system is a closed filter system for getting water on the trail. In this post we review the Saywer Mini, however, Sawyer offer a wide range of different filter systems. The Sawyer mini is a very flexible hydration system. It can be used as an inline filter …

BeFree Water Filter

In this post we review the BeFree water filter from Katadyn (r). The BeFree hydration system has two components, a wide mouthed water bottle and a filter assembly including a sports style drinking nozzle. BeFree Water Bottle The bottle itself is made from a soft but strong and flexible feeling …