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Keep your water clean for years.

Filter your water year after year with the MSR MiniWorks Ex Water Filter. Clean this lightweight, compact filter back to like-new condition, without any disassembly tools. The MiniWorks ceramic element ensures long-lasting protection against bacteria, protozoa (including crypto and giardia), and particulate, and the carbon core removes yucky tastes. MSR's little wonder (7.5 x 2.75in) can filter up to 1 liter per minute. As a bonus, the MiniWorks Ex Water Filter screws onto a standard Nalgene bottle or any MSR dromedary bag. *Kit includes stuff sack, hose float, scrub pad, and instructions.

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5 5

Great and still going strong

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this filter for about 3 years now and it's still working strong for me. It's simple to use, easy to clean in the field, and works quickly. I appreciate that it screws onto a Nalgene bottle.

This filter is just what you want for a long trip or even just a long day trek.

3 5

Impressive in the field

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Took this pump with me and two buddies to Vermont for backcountry, mountain backpacking.

Pros: Easy to disassemble for maintenance, water quality after treatment is fantastic, ceramic filter can be replaced.
Cons: Lighter options exist, must be cleaned and dried daily - it will clog if not taken care of.

Only three stars because if you can't clean it (Buddy #1 lost the cleaning pad) it will clog, and you will be super glad that you brought some Aquamira.

5 5

Great Overall Filter

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After using this pump on a few trips I have come to love it. The ceramic filter does a great job of filtering out everything. The carbon core does a great job of making the water tasteless. I have come to love the ability to screw you wide mouth Nalgene or Camelbak bottle onto the bottom of the pump. My only grip so far has to be there pump speed. It doesn't filter water very quickly; however, it seems to be a trade off for the durable ceramic filter. This pump is super easy to maintain in the field. It is easy to clean the filter to restore your pump rate. It is also easy to take apart and maintain with no tools required. All in all this is a solid pump for multiple day trips into the backcountry. Another solid product from MSR.

4 5

Pretty happy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used it for many trips here in VA over the last 4 years and have yet to see a real failure. Sure, if you're not careful or don't prefilter, then it will slow down faster then you might expect, but its also pretty easy to fix or maintain in the field. The vast majority of the time, all you need to do is pull the filter, scrub the outer layer off, give it a little rinse, and get back to it. How do I rinse it if I need the filter to get clean water? Even heavily clogged I've been able to get enough water to clean it in a few(ish) minutes. What if I forget the little scrub pad? In an emergency I've used a t-shirt to remove the dirt (not ideal I know, but it worked). The only other work I've ever had to do required no tools, only boiling water and vaseline. Its a reasonable price given the filter market and its given me nothing but clean water, though at not quite the advertised speed.

How do these filters work with sea...

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How do these filters work with sea water?

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No, unfortunately it will not. The ceramic element is so molecularly "huge" compared to even viruses that it will most definitely not remove sodium ions, which are wayyyy smaller. The carbon filter may help with a lot of solids and even some minerals, but once things are well dissolved in water, the carbon won't do much.

Bottom line, it will be good for gargling but not drinking.

You would need a desalinator to make it drinkable, and those will run you ~250 to upwards of 2,000. (google Katadyn Survivor 35 and 06).

5 5

Top notch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this filter. Used it extensively (trail/wilderness crew tested). A little heavier compared to some other options, and maybe even a little slower overall, but the maintainability with the ceramic filter is awesome. I definitely scrub the filter quite often, but have only had to replace the filter once in 8 years. I've seen some other paper filter systems pump faster, but it's hard to give them a deep scrub and you end up replacing the filter a lot more often (and spending $$'s). Maybe not an option for the gram counter, but a good option for those who like a dependable and durable treatment system.

5 5

A wonderful Filter

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hey, I bought one of these when they first came out.. and I have loved it ever since. I bought this new one because I thought it was small but it want not; so I gave my old one to one of the new members of our hiking group. I am super happy with this just like the old one I had. I once had to filter a puddle of clear looking water about 6" deep and it work like a champ. I added chemical treatment to that as well. I do remember that the water tasted like slime but it was clean. lol

5 5

Long lasting

This is an expedition-level water filter, and because it is field-serviceable, you can keep the performance level high pretty much indefinitely. I have used mine all over the Rockies, and as far away as the Himalaya, where not having one would have been a crummy situation. Does require occasional maintenance to maintain performance, but rewards you with durability and great tasting water.

5 5

Trustworthy and tough, awesome filter!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this filter 7 or 8 years ago and the fact that MSR still makes them is reason enough to understand how great they are. I've had mine over about 40 peaks and across the country. I've only had to replace the filter once, because it got broken in my luggage on my way to mexico (note to self: don't use in Mexican water with a cracked filter...) but this filter isn't the smallest, lightest or fastest, but it's crazy trustworthy and produces great water from practically any source. I love this filter and would highly recommend it to any one. the picture shows the size of the carry sack.

Trustworthy and tough, awesome filter!
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Hi Mager,
I have this filter, but it has sat unused for about 7 or 8 years now. It wasn't ever used extensively, but I am planning a trip and would like to bring it. Any tips to make sure the filter is still ok? Thanks!

3 5

Super slow..

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

it is a nice filter and does do a great job. But it takes about 10 minutes to fill up a algene....quicker just to boil water. I reccommend looking into a different msr filter like the hyper flow

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if your filter is super slow, you have one of two problems: one you didnt prime the filter with an air bubble properly, or two, the filter is clogged up. On a clean filter and a good prime, you can fill a Nalgene in under a minute. I've had this filter for 7 or 8 years, and when it starts to slow down i know i have to disassemble the filter and use the scotch bright to clean the surface. it might not look dirty, but you should notice the difference after it gets a good scuffing. We carry the aqua-mira with us just in case, but this is our go-to hydration filter and it has been great.

Responded on

I've also had this filter for at least 8 years and have run 100's of gallons through it and as Mager Hiker mentioned, it will filter a liter in about 1 minute or less.

5 5

it filters.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this filter guiding quite a bit, and liked it so much i got one for myself. My favorite thing about this filter is that it connects directly to your favorite widemouth bottle- my favorite being an MSR Drom. It isnt the fastest thing out there, but when it comes to pump filters, it is far from the slowest. The advertised rate of 1 Liter per minute might require pumping at super speed, but it doesn't take too terribly long to get the few liters to fill the bag. It is quite easy to disassemble for cleaning or to replace the filter(you've got to pump a lot of water before the filters need changed- I've never reached that point). An awesome little filter to get the job done.

Getting some water from potholes

Getting some water from potholes

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Resting and hydrating after a hot hike through Horse Canyon in Canyonlands

5 5

Best filter I've owned!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a wonderful device. I've pulled from murky standing water puddles when desperate in the back country and this thing still got the job done. Its easy to use and easy to clean. I recommend this product to everyone. It is a bit bulky and heavy but its tough as hell!

5 5

Great filter

So glad I bought this filter. So easy to use and to clean. water comes out tasting great!

4 5

filter with confidence

I can't be thankful enough for this little filter.
It won't purify the water, but for the majority of the US, you're not going to need it.
It's quite durable, and easy to clean out in the field.

I recently took it down to Canyonlands and had to filter out from nasty pot holes, and it worked pretty well. After every other liter of water filter we found ourselves having to wipe the filter clean of the sand and sediment that it sucked up.

It's been a great filter for us so far, and with simple construction, minor problems are solved in seconds.
Problems include:
-dirt getting around the gromet that sucks the water up(solved by removing the handle and wiping the gromet off)
-poor suction even with a cleaned filter(solved by unscrewing the top half of the filter, and plugging the small hole where water comes out with a finger to create suction)

I love this filter! So reliable and easy to deal with.

5 5

5 years strong!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the same MiniWorx for five years and it has taken an unbelievable beating. Dropped off a cliff taken down stream, fallen off the back of a moving car. I have really not been kind to it. BUT If you were to ask me how it's working I'd tell you as amazingly as it did the day I bought it. You might freak when you see the price of the replacement filters but so long as you clean and dry your ceramic filter after each trip its RARE that you have to replace it.

5 years strong!
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I've had a couple of these filters for years and I love them too. Carson, you should probably check the ceramic element inside to make sure it doesn't have any cracks - that's the one fault of this filter, it's a little fragile when it comes to being dropped. If there's a crack in the filter element, it's not really worth trusting and you should replace it.

would this be good for unsafe drinking...

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would this be good for unsafe drinking water in Nigeria?

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The only problem is that this (and nearly all) filters are not effective against waterborne viruses, which may be of concern in untreated water in undeveloped countries. It would be a great first step, but you are probably well-advised to treat the water for viruses as well, after its been through the MiniWorks. A UV treatment or some sodium chloride drops/tablets would get you really in the clear.

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This FILTER filters out many things including bacteria. But if you have things like virus in your water source, you would be better off buying a water PURIFIER which can be found sold alongside many FILTERS. They are somewhat more expensive but if you are in an area where the water in your environment is so contaminated; I would go for a PURIFIER instead of a mere FILTER.

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