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Trash Trash Trash!

If you're looking for something to use one weekend a year for one person, you're in luck. If you plan to use this more than once in a blue moon, forget it.

I bought this last year while hiking the Appalachian Trail. It pumped Great for the first day or 3, filtering about 3 to 4 Liters of water, once a day.

By the end of the 6th day, it was Very difficiult to use. By the end of day 9, it was straight up trash! It is impossible to backwash!

MAYBE you can backwash it if you saved the stupid Nalgene adapter & actually carry a heavy Nalgene bottle (sorry, 99% of thru-hikers drop these way before the 1/2 way point).

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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The above post couldn?t be further from the truth. I use this filter regularly in Alaska and even when filtering from a glacier fed river the filter will last a year so long as you back flush it. As for problems back flushing it, I had the same problems then I READ and FOLLOWED the directions and didn?t airlock the pump and it worked fine. The back flush also doesn?t require a Nalgene. The pump also mates with the platypus or any hydration system. And if a platypus doesn?t jive with your ultra-light mentality then you can back wash it from anything that holds water.