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May not be the best for long, frequent trips.
on September 10, 2015
I am giving only 3 stars for these reasons:
1) The filter is EXTREMELY hard to squeeze when it gets even slightly dirty, making filtering stops very lengthily.
2) Either I was squeezing to hard, or I had a defective bag, became after 4 days of use in the Wind River Rang of Wyoming, my squeeze bag developed a small leak near the screw connector. This plays into the fist issue became I had to squeeze very hard to get even a decent stream of water to filter out. Yes, I back washed the filter several times after every other use. Reason for this was again, the lengthily filtering stops.
A friend used a Katadyn hiker pro on the same trip and after seeing how easy and VERY fast it was to use that filter, I am HIGHLY considering switching filters. Yes, the Hiker Pro is much heaver at ~12 oz vs ~3 oz for the Sawyer with bag and syringe. Yet, the ease of use and quick filtering the Katadyn might be a better option as a primary filter. I think the Sawyer would make a fantastic backup, but as a primary, I am reconsidering.