Gear Review: Katadyn Exstream XR
Snyd suggested gear reviews in this forum (http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ead.php?t=1348).
Here's my experience using the Exstream XR in late May (http://www.rei.com/product/708980):
Intended use: to supply ample daily drinking water on the go, while fishing clearwater streams.
Conditions: clear, warm weather on a back slough off the Deshka, sitting out on a bear bait stand with friends.
Results, Pros: It provided ample good drinking water on-stream. It was easy to use. It will be most useful hiking streams when I don't have a base camp situation at hand for a larger filter. Cons: the volume occupied by the internal filter reduces the water volume noticably. Weight could be an issue for sheep hunters, ultralight backpackers at 8 oz.
Would you still buy this product if you could do it over again? Yes. It's very handy for getting filtered water. I expect to use it hiking, but maybe not on raft trips when I can filter larger quantities with a larger filter.
More on water filtration/purification:
(includes helpful post#17 by bstacy, who works in water purification, on the difference between filtration and purification)
Last edited by 6XLeech; 03-16-2010 at 22:14.
One filter clogs up on second trip...
I'm sure it depends on the particulate load of the water being filtered. We used four of these on recent float trip.
Two bottles were used earlier on an overnight, clearwater back slough trip off the Deshka. Then on the second trip, clear water again - second day on the Goodnews River - one filter (mine) stopped functioning. The others continued working all nine days and the owners liked theirs a lot.
Although 3 of 4 Exstream XR's worked well, unreliability in only 2 outings for my unit makes it hard to count on. I was happy with the Katadyn Base Camp for bulk water filtration, then transfer to my personal nalgene.