FRONTIER PRO ULTRA LIGHT WATER FILTER SYSTEM
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- Replaceable GRN Line bacteria Filter with up to 500 ml/minute flow rate
- Miraguard™ Antimicrobial* Technology suppresses the growth of bacteria, algae, fungus, mold, and mildew within the filter media
- Connects to bottles, bladders, and gravity flow systems
- Includes 3 pre-filters to extend filter life
- Filter made in the USA
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The Frontier Pro Ultralight Filter has earned the stamp of approval from backpackers, preppers, and survivalists alike. Minimal weight, quality design and maximum connectivity are the signature features of this filter. Improved to include a replaceable GRN Line bacteria-grade filter, the Frontier Pro offers a robust 2 oz. defense against the common culprits that cause waterborne illnesses.
The Aquamira Frontier Pro portable water filter system provides all the benefits of a larger bottle filter in an ultralight, compact size. The Frontier Pro is a straw-style filter, with a design that attaches directly to water bottles or bladders and an attached cap that keeps mouthpieces clean. Once attached, the Frontier Pro will remove 99.9 percent of Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and other contaminants down to 3 microns. The filter's activated carbon--made using only the finest-quality coconut shell carbon--absorbs chemicals and odors and improves the taste of the filtered water. And thanks to the filter's Miraguard antimicrobial technology, the filter media resist the growth of bacteria, algae, fungus, mold, and mildew. Use the Frontier Pro filter to drink from any water bottle, cup, hydration system, or straight from the water source.
The Frontier Pro comes with a universal connectivity adapter system, which connects directly to any water bottle with a 28mm opening, such as a Platypus or a standard-size bottle. You can also use the tube connection feature to connect directly to your hydration system or drink tube, or drink directly from any open container or water source. And should you want to filter water in advance and drink later, you can flip the Frontier Pro into "gravity flow" mode. The filter measures 1.25 inches in diameter and 5.5 inches long and weighs 2 ounces dry.
The Frontier Pro filters up to 50 gallons. To lengthen filter life, use replacement pre-filters.
Note: Miraguard does not protect users against foodborne or disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or germs. If viruses or smaller bacteria are suspected, use in conjunction with Aquamira water purifier tablets.
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If you're into ultralight backpacking or simple day hikes, this filter could save you a lot of weight. It screws onto any standard soda/pop/water bottle (think Coke, Sprite, Aquafina, etc.) and you bite/suck through the nozzle (like a CamelBak) to drink; the water is filtered between the bottle and your mouth.
I coupled the filter with a 1.5L Smart Water bottle (available at most grocery stores) due to the Smart Water's unique size/shape combination, which makes it easier to carry and squeeze. The system acted as an excellent backup unit during my trips. I just filled the bottle directly from the water source, screwed on the filter, and drank. Much easier than pumping.
The unit is also supposed to work with the included straw (for drinking directly out of water sources) or with hydration packs (in place of a regular bite valve). I have not tried either configuration, so I can't attest to their effectiveness.
+ Works like it's supposed to
+ Small and very light
+ Fits onto any standard soda/pop/water bottle
+ Stretchy silicone/rubber neck keeps cap in place while closed and safely attached while drinking
+ Entire thing floats if accidentally dropped into water
+ Comes with several replacement pre-filters
- Non-replaceable filter cartridge (you can buy a whole new one for $20, but that creates unnecessary garbage)
- Flow rate isn't terribly fast. It feels like a slower CamelBak, and you might have to start squeezing the bottle as it empties.
- Only practical for one person (unless you don't mind sharing)
Things to watch out for:
* To increase filter life, make sure you use the included pre-filter
* Leaks when used with soft-bodied Platypus bladder-bottles (NOT the same thing as hydration packs; these soft "bottles" are basically small plastic bags with integrated water bottle spouts). The filter screws on, but not tightly enough to create a vacuum seal. This makes drinking very difficult and gets everything wet. I had no such problem with regular, hard-bodied bottles.
* Long-term reliability/flow rate is uncertain due to a lack of reviews.
* This unit does not filter viruses -- no pump/mechanical-action filter does except for the First Need series. You'll need chlorine tablets if this is a concern to you, though it should not be in most North American waters.
* This will not work with Nalgenes (even narrow-mouthed ones), Kleen Kanteens, or SIGGs.
All in all, I love this little thing and will be taking it with my as a backup filter for future trips. It's great if you're camping near a water source and don't want to have to keep pumping for drinking water. Just remember what it's designed for: solo drinking out of a dirty water bottle, not group filtration into clean bottles.
The Aquamira Frontier Pro Water Filter is designed for a certain purpose, and users need to be aware of those purposes and limitations.
The filter will not remove viruses. They have to be killed with chemical treatment.
The filter will not remove certain types of bacteria.
However, it is light wieght, easy to use, has no moving parts to break and is easy to clean.
Instead of drinking the water straight from the stream, you could fill up a water bottle, add some purification tablets, then use this filter to help remove the chemical taste.
I wish the filters removed more bacteria and that replacment filters were avaible. Having to buy a new unit when the filters get dirty is a turn off.
The plastic housing seems kind of weak. Its not made out of a high impact plastic, its more like a cheap plastic that toys are made out of.
If you are on a budget, this might get the job done. But if you can afford a full fledged filter, then go ahead and buy something better.
Firstly, the one I got was orange, rather than the gray shown, but I prefer the Orange, so that's an improvement if anything.
When I was looking over the possibilities for water purification I saw pumps, tablets and other things that just looked complicated, and possibly ineffective if used incorrectly. This however is as simple as they come.
The cap on the end lifts up to reveal a bite and suck type valve, similar to that of my camelback, very comfortable and easy to suck through. The opposite end has two adapters that screw onto it. The first attaches to a bottle, like that of a standard soda/water bottle, which has a flexible plastic tube that goes down into the water. The other is a tube that allows you to drink directly from a water source, no bottle needed. With it you would put that adapter end into the water and simply suck through the other end. It's an extremely simple design.
Overall, I am very impressed with this purchase, and see myself purchasing another one or two in the future.
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