There are many different choices when it comes to water filtration systems for travelers. At first I thought I wanted one of the UV Steripens, but after reading numerous accounts of these pens crapping out after a handful of uses coupled with the fact that they are battery powered, I started looking at filtration pumps. I’ve narrowed down my search to the First Need XLE Elite or First Need Trav-L-Pure. Both of these pumps filter out viruses in addition to bacteria and cysts (yuck!).
Before I pull the trigger on either one, does anyone have experience with either of these pumps, or can anyone recommend a different product? I wouldn’t mind something a little more lightweight or compact, but I love that these pumps don’t require any electricity, filter out solids and viruses, and improve the taste compared to chemical and UV sterilization. When it comes to water quality in remote places, peace of mind is worth a little extra weight for me and Haley!
No matter what solution we choose, we will definitely bring iodine tablets as a backup so we are covered in the event of an emergency.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
- Matt asked 5 years ago
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