Pur water filters the easiest to find on the market.
There are other brands that are equally as good for
removing giardia from water supplies. But to be upfront,
being opular does have it's advantage - names that
it's easier to get spare parts for a Pur, and it is
especially easier to get a new filter for a Pur.
In some of the main backpacking areas you can even
find them in backpacking stores. Obviously, with all
the wide array of water filters that are available,
the average local outdoor store is not going to carry
any but the very most popular filter replacement cartridges.
And to me, that is probably the main advantage of
Pur. Because as I have said, there are other brands
of water filters that do a very good job of purifying
that being said. I still advicate taking a backup
water purification method other than a Pur filter.
If you have one of the chemical purifiers on the market,
they are pretty much fool-proof from breaking. Even
if you tip them over, the containers are made so that
not all of the contents will spill out. And with Polar
Pure, it's no problem because you can just put more
water in. About the only way you can go wrong is to
actually lose them, which actually is not that hard
to do when you get careless at a stream bank, and
then don't remember it until you stop at the next
water stop miles down the trail.
Of course, you can always boil the water if the Pur
breaks down. But boiling is the heaviest solution
of all. It takes too much fuel.
You should also consider the expense of the Pur you
get, and we offer our suggestions on the next page...
- The Pur Hiker is a good example of what is on the
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