The carbon filter is simply a piece of plastic that holds the loose carbon particles and will fit inside of a nalgene style bottle. It costs something like 20-30 bucks.
All it does is it simply takes out any further taste or chemicals left over in the water after its been filtered.
You won't need to replace the actual filter element (that comes with it) for probably like 10-20-30 years depending on how much you use it.
This is my third deuter pack and as packs go....this brand pays excellent attention to detail. Everything is well made...and after putting this pack through the wringer...its held up like a champ.
This is a decent hookup for the MSR bags (i use the dromedarys). The only issue i have with them is the price and they are also too short for 55-65 liter backups and too long for the smaller backpacks.
But overall..they do their job quite well in terms of function...i havn't had any issues with leaks or anything like that
This is a high quality bag that seems quite well made and should last for many years of use. The only issue i have with it...is the high price of having to buy the extra hose. IMHO..it should come with the pack...given the already high price.
The webbing and clip points are a nice additional feature and the lip gives you two ways of pouring (one for less volume...the other for more).
All in all...a well made all american product..
This is an excellent, high quality pack. I've become a big fan of Mountainsmith after being introduced to them (via their 50% off sale last year)....
I can see this pack holding up for many, many years of use...
This is an excellent high quality bag. I successfully carried over 45 pounds of weight in the Medium. Nothing broke...or popped out of place. Its a well made bag with good attention to detail...
I purchased this from REI for about 80 dollars shipped (during a sale in May, 2012) and its proven to be a decent tent. I would say for the price i paid, its actually phenomenal.
Downside is its heavy and kinda large for a solo backcountry style expedition but if you actually have two people with you and might be expecting moderate amounts of rain/snow this should be just right.
For solo expeditions i would recommend something way smaller and lighter...this tent would be overkill.
In addition, its a tight fit for two people. There is no question that gear will remain outside and you'll be in close quarters the whole night. Otherwise, its an extremely tough, sturdy tent...
This is an excellent quality stuff stack. I've put it through all sorts of grief and its held up really well. It has a few nice features which add to its functionality; for example, it has a few loops of webbing which allow you loop through it and attach it to your bag (added safety feature so it won't accidentally fall off) and the opening of the stuff sack has a loop where you kinda pull the cord through (hard to explain....pictures might show both of these features). All in all...everyone needs at least 2-3 of these...
This cookset is of good quality and it should last many years of hard camping use. The 1 liter is a good size for one person use, the 2 liter is probably sufficient for 2 people, while the 3 liter should be enough for 3-4 (leaning towards 4 people). If food burns, then it will stick, but it shouldn't be anything that a little bit of steel wool won't take care of. In addition, its also a bit heavier than say titanium but that is reflected in the cost and it doesn't have the negative health effects of aluminum based pots. The lid also doubles as a plate. One quirk that my 2 liter pot has is the pot will seal if you just turn off the heat without setting it slightly ajar. Its very strange and once it seals...you can't get it open. You have to put it on the stove and turn on the heat again so that it will pop open from the pressure. Just a slight quirk that is easily overcome. It can be a positive if you want to hermetically seal your food against animals eating it at night.
All in all, this is a solid product that should last for many long years.
This is a good basic bottle. I think the wide mouth is more useful than the narrow mouth in a camping setting (for example, when trying to pour water in from a pot or from a flowing river) but the downside is it is more difficult to drink out of. In addition, its also easier to push in a sponge to wash the bottle. It does have a tendency to take on scratch and it will be covered in those in short order. All in all, i would recommend this bottle.
This is your basic, no frills, lightweight camping pad. Its designed with a aluminized surface which claims to give back 10% more heat. All in all, it does its job well. One thing i have noticed is it will get ripped up when it gets tangled in thorny brush.....
If i leave the pump mechanism in the tank while out camping...will white gas damage it? What do you guys do?
I bought this stove and it was first tested on sections of the PCT. The construction is solid, the operation is foolproof and i can see this lasting many years of use. In terms of noise its not too bad. If you're sitting close up then it may be a bit loud but its nothing crazy. It is on the heavy side if you consider the windscreen, the ergopump, and the bottle but then again, this wasn't designed as a super lightweight summit stove. Its more suited for short duration backpacking and camping trips, as well as in a base camp setting. Thus far i've only tested white fuel and propane and they've both worked flawlessly.
One very nice feature is you can flip over the can when you're about done and it will empty all the air in the tank. This is a really handy feature and saves fuel from being blown all over the place. Another option that can be considered (if you want to go with lighter weight) is the omnilite. its the same basic design except it incorporates titanium.
All in all its a heavy design but one that should last many years of use and run off virtually any fuel found on this planet.
I bought two of these bottles. One of them came with my Primus Omni Fuel and the other is the 1.5 liter i bought for extended trips. The quality overall is fine but the one concern i have is the finishing on the lip area. On one bottle i noticed that the lip was unevenly machined and it had a sharp edge to it (which would likely make short work of the o-ring and cause massive leakage). I returned that (backcountry has a great return service) and while the replacement was alright...it wasn't really that great (the lip area wasn't machined that well). I have taken a look at the MSR's and it seems like the build quality on those is higher than on the primus.
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