So I'm looking into getting a water treatment system to take camping with me as my main water source for about a month in Alaska, and have a few questions.
Water filter vs water purifier - for Alaska's backcountry wild waters, is a purifier really necessary? The only difference being the killing of small viruses, most people say a purifier is overkill and I know that a lot of people subsist on filters for long periods of time with no illness issues. Thoughts?
Several models have popped up, the Katadyn pocket microfilter, MSR miniworks filter, First need XL purifier, Katadyn hiker filter among others.
But really, what do you get paying $100 or more extra for something like the katadyn pocket against the katadyn hiker? Is one safer than the other?
Just looking for a decent, relatively light, safe, pump water treatment system that will stand the test of time and doesn't cost a bomb... Any thoughts?