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MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filteris rated4.32out of5by25.
Rated5out of5byTrailuserfromIt works very wellI was confused about which filter to purchase, so many reviews out there. I had my REI rebate and a 20% off so I got this one and I'm happy with it. I have the sawyer filter and bag, it's good when you have a flowing creek but trying to get water into the bag when you have a shallow pool or lake edge is really hard unless you want to get wet.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated4out of5byDave1987fromi love itI used this water filter many of times, Mt. Whitney 3 times, hunting trips into the back country, an many other backpacking trips. never had a problem with it works fine, durable, sturdy. I'm going to buy another one if it ever breaks on me. the only thing is its kind of bulky, but not a big problem for me.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated5out of5bySmackyfromDependable in all conditions.....buy itI specifically came here to give this a 5 star rating for folks who are on the fence.
My first experience with this tool was on a multi day trip in the mountains with 5 other guys, who all had different methods of water purification. Everything from the steri pen, to the platapus, and some other contraptions. This was the winner for all of us after the second day.
This works easily, and very dependable in normal weather conditions, actually flawless. We used it in snow/winter conditions for a few days and it needed some extra attention between uses, but what doesnt when its freezing? All you need to do is take the filter out of the main housing, scrape the ice off the filter surface with a knife, squeeze the ice out of the hoses and your good to go.
It took us about 15-30 mins to fill 7-10 liters out of mountain creeks at a time, but it was the most reliable tool we had. The day I got back home, I went and used my dividend to purchase this and returned the other "option" I brought with me on the trip. Its worked perfect since.
I also use the MSR bladders, and it screws directly into the top of that, and any type of standard big mouth water bottle. clean water is a requirement I do not take lightly, and never go backpacking without this. I still bring tablets for emergencies, but would do that with anything else. The filter will last almost a lifetime and is cheap to replace. If you want dependable, here you go!!!
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated3out of5bystatsman4fromBroke right awayTook the filter to Isle Royale this summer and the pump broke after a couple of liters. My buddy brought the same pump and it worked throughout the five day trip. I returned the pump and am leaning toward some type of steri pen. I rated three stars as one of the pumps worked well......just not mine.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated5out of5byleatherneck NickfromBest water filterI have used other water filtration units and methods and this is by far the easiest, lowest maintenance and sturdy filter I have used to date. the ceramic filter has a long life 2000 cycles unlike the paper type ones. easy to remove and service. you can dismantle, clean and reassemble for use in 2 or 3 minutes. I have purchased 3 and never had a problem with any of them. I highly recommend this unit.
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated5out of5byBucket list TomfromWorked like a charm!Took my very first backpacking adventure by completing the 4 Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells Rec. Area just days before the flooding occurred in CO. and I used the MSR Miniworks water filtration system. Being a novice I was a little skeptical of the whole process but it worked great...I had no health issues.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated3out of5byWheeler TedfromNot Sure if I like It?Used it for the first time last week on a backpacking trip in the Sierras. After filling the third Nalgene bottles from a lake it started becoming hard to pump. By the time I tried the fourth, it was almost impossible to pump and took over ten minutes. So I figure it needs to be cleaned, but how can you do it as instructed by scrubbing it and running clean water over it when you don't have any clean water? I was surprised it plugged to soon. Luckily I always carry a SteriPEN as a backup. I guess that may be a problem with all pumps if you encounter water that is not crystal clear. It seems well made, but a little bulky and heavy. Would I recommend it, I am not sure, but I have to say yes or no for this survey, so I say, "no". I think I may go back to a Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter since it is light and has a simple syringe back flush system.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated5out of5byPhynquefromFantastic product for small group.Very reliable for a small group of four or less. Quick and simple in-field cleaning will provide clean, filtered water for as long as you wish to remain out.
Date published: 2013-09-27
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