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Defective - hopefully a fluke
on May 27, 2014
For close to $300 for a filter I'd expect quality control to be a lot better. Product arrived, seemed very well built - "Swiss Made" on label , etc. For something that was deemed "the last filter you'll ever need" or whatever the words are on their website it sure was anything BUT.
I was on a backcountry hiking trip recently near Lake Powell Utah - used it once in a dirty creek and it produced amazingly clear water.. and the water tasted great especially when used with Sweetwater drops. Everyone else was using gravity filters and while OK, they still leave a taste in the water - and they are slow and fiddly - so I was stoked I finally have my go -to solution for long trips that was fast, trouble free and compact.
Well, I got it out on the second day of the trip to pump some more water and on the 3rd pump the side of the pump totally cracked and water sprayed out of it from every direction. BAM - end of the filter & now I have no water. I was lucky I was traveling with someone who had a backup otherwise we would have had a situation.
Obviously some kind of major product defect - but again - what kind of materials are they using that blow that easily. I did not put any pressure on the handle out of the ordinary - it just broke.
Fortunately, I purchased through Amazon - a new unit is on its way for my next trip - but yikes, now do I need to carry backup purifier ? I have a hard time placing any confidence on survival with this gear - time will tell I guess.