Aquamira Frontier Straw Filter
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- Emergency water filter System for hiking, camping, and emergency situation
- Effective on protozoan cysts
- Economical - 1 System filters up to 20 gal. (75L) of water
- Lightweight and compact emergency water filter system; fits into a pocket
- Removes greater than 99.999% of Cryptosporidium and Giardia providing you with safe drinking water
- Easy to use so you can drink directly from any water source
- One time use; filters up to 30 gallons of water
- Activated coconut shell carbon filter with Miraguard Technology suppresses bacteria, algae, fungus, mold and mildew within the filter
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|Are Batteries Required||No|
|Item Dimensions||8 x 1 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.06 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.1 pounds|
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As with all carbon-based filters, this one has a lot of dust when you first use it. I forgot this detail and was surprised by the straw full of coffee-colored water on my first draw. There is a note on the unit that warns about this dust (which I didn't notice until later). The note implies that all of the dust would disappear after the first draw. That is not true. I've drawn about 4 cups of water through the system, yet there is still very noticeable dust in the water. It's no longer the color of coffee, more like weak tea. I'm OK with this, but my wife and daughter would complain (of course, they probably wouldn't complain too long if there's no other water).
In sum, I think this is a good product and recommend it for emergency use. But I suggest drawing a few cups of water to remove the carbon before you store it in your emergency kit.
In terms of cost, 30 gallons at $8 seems to be the best value for a survival/emergency water filter. It’s cheap enough to get one for the car, backpack, and one for each of the family. It won’t remove viruses, but viruses are really rare here anyways. Go to Africa or South America, and viruses are a concern there, but not here.
Now the straw did bother me a bit because it is a bit flimsy(spelling). Plus the fact that it is difficult to push the straw into the end of the filter. I understand that there needs to be a good seal so you don't suck in air in the process. But I think slightly sturdier straw would make this a superior product.
I went and bought some 1 gallon water jugs that, as we all know, taste like plastic. Not to worry. Here comes the Aquamira to the rescue. I can taste the difference before and after. Once, I know the filter is working, I begin to drink out of the tap water. It tasted pretty good too.
For small volume and short duration, this filter is the preferred choice. If you are going to be out of water for a long while (> 1 month), get the lifestraw instead because it has a lot higher capacity (1000liter as opposed to 25 liter for the aquamira).
Happy drinking! (water of course)