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    I bought mine from Drinksafe - really like it + simple/easy to use

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabot View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion guys, someone recently said to me that if I was concerned about stuff in water just boil it but boiling doesnt remove toxic chemicals like roundup or anything else that may have meet spread on the land. I am looking for something that will fit in a side pocket of my backpack and be able to produce 2-3litres at a time.

    The drinksafe looks interesting and will check it out I also found this but it looks very heavy http://www.iconlifesaver.eu/lifesave...f#.VuZ4a0f2AQM but only less that a kg. Not sure if its the answer either.

    I agree 100% with you on your concerns regarding farm runoff/ heavy metals/ and chemical poisoning. Boiling will NOT solve that. That is why after extensive research I decided on drinksafe systems.
    I see they have updated their site now , and as someone else said here, they are doing the 3 in one adapter with either 6 or 15 ltr bag optional.
    The adapter can be bought separately , meaning you have a small plastic cylinder( the purification filter) to place between your bladder pack and the mouth peace hose... That's it!!!

    Hope that's not confusing, sorry if it is...

    However, more importantly don't forget that some of these systems are FILTERS whilst what you're after really is a PURIFIER !!!
    purification and filtration are different processes with different outcomes.
    I had a ( very expensive) Katadyn pump filter. ( 2 micron) , for years , but I realised my mistake soon after a bit of research.
    In remote wilderness and glaciar territory I expect it's be fine. But in these parts it's best be safe then sorry , so purification is the recommended system to rule out chemical/pesticide and heavy metal contaminants.

    I like heavy metal but only the listening type....



    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabot View Post
    Also found this which might be the answer to what im looking for but it is very expensive http://www.highwaterfilters.com/Kata...-p/8013618.htm and want other gear aswell. I reckon I could get away with just something like this filter and a 1 litre bottle like this http://puncbottles.com/product/1000m...-water-bottle/ which should be all I need if off grid for a few days.

    Whoah, just checked that link , that's exactly the pump filter I mentioned on my other post, please refer to it....
    It's just a filter. , you would still need to purify the water by other means such as chlorine or iodine tablets ...
    It's a very good filter, no 2 ways about it...but it's just a filter.
    Will NOT filter out chemicals, metals, pesticides etc. Even some smaller pathogens can penetrate these ceramic filters.
    You want a purification system , lifesaver systems are good, drinksafe systems too and not sure about sawyer but worth checking out.


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    Even some of the manufacturers don't use terminology correctly. As stated filtration and purification are indeed two different stages in the process of cleaning water but as general public doesn't have a clue what the differences are there is no point in being precise on terminology. It is best just to check manufacturers data and decide what is best. Many filters are perfect for what is needed from our point of view as they do purify as part of there process due to the fine levels of filtration, ceramic included. The Sawyer uses dialysis technology and filters everything out making water just fine to drink.

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    Thank you JUS, I stand corrected that clearly some filters do indeed clean chemicals / heavy metal .... However this specific one, (katadyn pocket) , does not! Here is a link to their website where you specify your needs and the results are displayed..
    http://www.katadyn.com/en/de/89-2010000-katadyn-pocket

    Hope it helps

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    Another impartial advice website, this page specific to this subject...


    https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-adv...ckcountry.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabot View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion guys, someone recently said to me that if I was concerned about stuff in water just boil it but boiling doesnt remove toxic chemicals like roundup or anything else that may have meet spread on the land. I am looking for something that will fit in a side pocket of my backpack and be able to produce 2-3litres at a time.

    The drinksafe looks interesting and will check it out I also found this but it looks very heavy http://www.iconlifesaver.eu/lifesave...f#.VuZ4a0f2AQM but only less that a kg. Not sure if its the answer either.
    Here is a link with a very good description of its technology:

    http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/hydration/PA102.html

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    I got a millbank bag, and I combine that with boiling. It has always done the job fine for me, however I'm privileged as to where I bushcraft in terms of water quality. The icon lifesaver has had great reports though, but as with any water filter/purifier check the spec sheets.
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