Awesome filter with a couple of caveats
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this filter for 100% of my drinking and cooking water on a multi-day backpacking trip to King's Peak in Northern Utah, and a 2-day trip in the Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness area a couple of weeks later. First and foremost, the water coming out of this filter tasted clean and pure, and I didn't get sick after drinking it, so it clearly functioned as intended. The tapered plastic inserts fit the mouth of my 2-liter water bottles perfectly. I tried to be fastidious about potentially contaminated water coming into contact with the "clean" end of the plastic tubing or with the inserts, but it can be difficult to keep everything completely separated. Overall I love the filter and its small pack footprint, but if you're very particular about keeping everything separated and all the clean parts clean on a long packing trip, you might want to rethink how everything gets stored.
Also: My hiking buddy brought another filter on our trip and it completely seized up on the trail when his filter got clogged. I was glad I had this!