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Jezbo
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09/24/2017 07:46AM
What is your best camp filter for a group? I have the Katadyn base camp, but it keeps clogging and back flushing doesn't work. Katadyn tells me it's from "red algae" which I think is a way of telling me their filters don't work and blame it on a fake thing.

Anyone have luck with Sawyer inline filters?
 
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barracuda
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09/24/2017 08:07AM
Had good luck with the Sawyer Mini. I backflush every few liters or when it slows down. I use it as a gravity filter.
09/24/2017 08:34AM
MSR gravity system has performed great for me.
Chlorin8ed
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09/24/2017 09:17AM
I have had great luck with a sawyer filter. Able to back wash out in the field.
Grandma L
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09/24/2017 10:31AM
The family all uses Sawyer products - the drink bottle-squeeze bag and filter-gravity feed.
If you are a little creative you can use the same filter in multiple applications.
Sawyer, Platypus and MSR all make "hollow" filter systems - they are all good.

Just got home from the Fall Wing Night weekend event. I heard good thing about the newer MSR Trail Shot. Use as a pump or DIY rig for gravity system. Oh, check with Butthead - he seems to have figured it all out.
OldFingers57
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09/24/2017 11:32AM
We use the MSR gravity filter. Works well and you can backflush it. Also the outlet on the dirty water bag is up on the side some not the bottom to help eliminate sediment from going down into the filter.
Atrain
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09/24/2017 01:24PM
+1 for the Sawyer mini with the gravity system. One gallon bag works great and I get like 3 nalgene fills out of it. Backflushing works like a charm and it was only $40. The convenience makes me wonder why I ever used my MSR miniworks and pumped like a caveman for hours every trip.
BearBurrito
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09/24/2017 01:59PM
Sawyer mini gravity system for me as well. I used to be a tablet guy. Switched over this year and will not go back.
mastertangler
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09/24/2017 05:24PM
MSR is tough to beat. I have used it for several years now.

I have also used the Sawyer squeeze system on backpacking trips with excellent results but have not used their gravity system.
Birdknowsbest
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09/24/2017 10:43PM
The Katadyn base camp is crap for the reasons you stated.

We switched 3 years ago to a Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System - 4 Liter.

It works great and you just switch the bags to back wash the filter. Works amazing for 2 to 8 people. This is just our "at camp" water filter.

After 3 years, still on same filter with no issues. I highly suggest.

Caw
Hub
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09/25/2017 10:59PM
The Katadyn filter sucks, but the bag is great. Cut the old clogged filter in half and leave just the small screen in the bottom. It will serve as a nice pre treat screen. Buy a Sawyer filter and just use the existing hose to attach it. Make sure to get a back flushable Sawyer inline filter that comes with a syringe for flushing. I have the exact same setup and love it. I think I am 5 years on the same filter with tons of use. Still works as good as it did out of the box.
hangnout
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09/26/2017 08:34AM
Just got back from my first trip to BWCA and used the Katadyn BeFree. It is a great personal filter but I think I will use my Sawyer Squeeze in a gravity setup next trip.

A word of caution on the Sawyer Mini. You will need to backflush often. The group I hike with is always trying to save an ounce and the Sawyer mini did that over the Squeeze.

No one is using the mini anymore. They all went back to the Sawyer Squeeze which rarely needs backflushing in the field. The Platy setup looks good for a group and is ready to go out of the box.
zski
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09/26/2017 11:12AM
quote walllee: "MSR gravity system has performed great for me."
Me too.
unshavenman
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09/26/2017 01:51PM
Lots of threads here on this topic. The Sawyer and the Platypus typically come out on top. Personally I went with the Platypus because I like the clear bags.
em8260
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09/26/2017 02:05PM
Msr gravity filter, works great.
OCDave
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09/26/2017 02:12PM
quote Jezbo: "What is your best camp filter for a group...? "

I have used several water filters but, none, including the MSR and Sawyer, have been as quick and reliable as my Platypus 4 liter Gravity works. Works so efficiently, I carry it even when solo backpacking.

https://www.platy.com/filtration-1/gravityworks-4-0l-filter


$120 but, REI frequently discounts 20%
09/26/2017 05:10PM

I am with Birdknowsbest +1 on Platypus 4 Litre for groups. Came highly recommended on this site and I am very happy with it's performance.
bwcadan
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09/26/2017 06:33PM
We take two gravity Sawyer filters. Both work great and I backflush when returning home. I set them up before we leave to get them in the use mode and then add a little bleach as I test them for functionality before we leave.

One is a backup for the other. We filter all water we use including showers we take mostly daily in the summer. We just fill a portable shower or 2 depending how many are on the trip.

We never expect them to perform repeated miracles, so we use the cleanest water we can get which expands the uses between back flushes. To date, we have never had to do that on our trips.
TominMpls
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09/27/2017 06:41AM
MSR gravity filter here, largely because I didn't know about the Sawyer, and I'd been impressed with a friend's MSR on a previous trip. The MSR works great. It did need frequent backflushing on my last trip, which was a little annoying but probably due to the water quality where we were, but the backflushing always worked well. On previous trips I've usually gotten 16-20 liters before a backflush, this time it was more like 6.
09/27/2017 11:58AM
Go with the Sawyer, love it.

I cannot state my true thoughts on the Katadyn Basecamp as I don't like to swear and it would violate the terms of service.

overthehill
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09/27/2017 01:17PM
I've had a Sawyer for ten years rigged on a 2 gallon tree bag. No problems yet.
Guest Paddler
 
09/29/2017 02:35PM
Sold me. Thanks.
10/03/2017 08:31AM
MSR gravity with Sawyer filter. I use the bigger filter and it backflushes well. The MSR dirty water bag has a good prefilter.
After my surgery I'm on a second cathider. The leg bag is a joke so never used it. After looking at it, it might make a good clean water bag for my gravity system.
10/06/2017 01:30PM
All depends, canoe or boat trip, temp, number of people ect. I really like the Platypus and MSR systems but its hard to beat the Sawyer filters. I run kind of a hybrid of the Platypus 4L kit and Sawyer filters. Never had an issue with the cascade filters, still bring mine as the back up, but the Sawyer has a guarantee and can be found cheaper at stores like Walmart so I put all the wear and tear on that one. For boat camping trips I always bring my custom 5gal bucket kit, its pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread when its hot and you got 4-8 guys chugging water like buffalo.
 
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