Camelbak Filtration System??


November 6, 2003, 03:36 PM

Anyone use these? Are they reliable?

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November 6, 2003, 03:44 PM
First I have seen it

Is it for filtering water going INTO your Camelback....or are you supposed to put unfiltered water in the Camelback???:confused:

November 6, 2003, 04:07 PM
If its whaat i think it is its for removing the chlorine taste from water.

November 6, 2003, 04:34 PM
Le Skunk,

I've avoided those filters. To me, if I'm in the backcountry I want the water to be clean BEFORE it hits my hydration system. I may have to use the water bladder for other functions; in that case, I need the water contained inside the bladder to be pure and not contaminated.

For example, if I am out in the woods and I have forgotten my trusty Nalgene Lexan bottle, my only water container is my Camelbak hydration unit. I want to boil some water to make pasta for dinner. So I grab my Camelbak and amble down to the lake to get some water.

Option 1: with my pUr Hiker filter, I filter water directly into the Camelbak bladder. The Hiker's output hose is threaded into an adapter that perfectly matches that opening on a hydration bladder (or a Nalgene bottle for that matter). All water in the bladder and drinking tube are filtered. I take the filled bladder and dump the water directly into my cooking pot. 30 minutes later after adding pasta, sesame oil, garlic powder and crushed red pepper I'm eating.

Option 2: with the Camelbak filter unit, if I fill the bladder directly from the lake, there is a possibility that the lake water is contaminated. If I want to make my pasta, I have to pull the water through the drinking tube (and through the Camelbak filter) to get it into the cooking pot. I don't know how to do this besides the old "suck and spit" method of transferring gasoline from car to car. In addition, my drinking tube and bladder are now possibly contaminated; I will need to thoroughly clean both before using the unit sans filter with clean water.

IMHO, get a separate filter and you'll be better off in the backcountry.


November 6, 2003, 05:44 PM
why not that, and the standard filter and tablets for the especially paranoid? Other than cost is there a disadvantage? It's not like I have friends to eat out with or a girlfriend to take movies to :p

November 6, 2003, 10:43 PM
That's an inline filter. You put crud water in the bladder and suck it through the inline filter.

Here's a little attachment so that you can fill your CB from a filter setup.

HydroLink™ Filter Adapter
Our HydroLink Filter Adapter™ allows in-line attachment of all leading filtration and purification products. No need to fill a reservoir through the OMEGA™ or Screw Cap openings, just backfill the reservoir through the delivery tube assembly.

MSRP (US only) -- $10.00

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