The other day as I was hiking into a stream with two clients, bogged down with six bottles of water, I was thinking that there has to be a better way. In the past, I have tried the Seychelles Filtration Flip Top Bottle but it is designed as a personal water bottle, plus it was very difficult to get water to come out of it. I ended up using just a few times and tossed it.
I needed a way to limit the number of plastic bottles primarily for the environment and also to reduce the amount of weight I was carrying on each trip. Not to mention these water bottles were shoved in my pack and always in the way. It was time for a trip to REI. I needed something that would fit into my Orvis Guide Sling Pack and it had to have the capability of filling multiple water bottles from any water source. After looking at several options, I ended up purchasing the Katadyne Hiker Microfilter. It weighs 11 oz which it lighter than one 16.9 oz bottle of water and will filter 200 gallons of water. It removes bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores and sediments which means it is very safe to drink.
Being able to safely pump water out of a stream or lake will cut down on waste and allow me to carry more fishing stuff and fewer water bottles. Yesterday I used it for the first time and it worked great. This will be a much used piece of equipment.