Hike New Hampshire
Trips in NH
PUR Scout Water FilterDa' Filter
Review by: ROB
Quick Facts
(And Overall Rating)
Good stuff.
Weight 14 oz.
Height 9.5"
Output Up to 1 liter per minute
Cartridge capacity Approximately 100 gallons (400 liters) before cartridge replacement (depending on water source)
Filter 0.3 micron pleated AntiClog™ filter, 145 sq. in. surface area
Purification System Tritek® technology with iodinated resin
Includes StopTop carbon filter, carry case
EPA Registered Meets EPA microbiological water purifier test standard

No matter where you go today there are concerns about water quality. From the tap in your kitchen to the most remote mountain pond, you can never be sure that what you drink won't poison you. Hikers have known this for a long time (I hope). No matter how far away you are from civilization, there is always the chance that something has gotten into the water that will make you sick. There are many websites dedicated to explaining this, so I won't bother to go into it here. Suffice it to say that everyone is aware that water in the backcountry needs to be treated in some way before it is consumed to lessen the risk of catching some disease.

There are many methods, including boiling, treating with iodine, and filtering. Of these three, filtering is probably the most preferred. This is due to the fact that neither boiling nor iodine kill all of the possible pests that you may find in water. The only really thorough choice is to filter them out.

I've had the Scout for more than three years and I don't really have a complaint. There's not much to say -- it pumps smoothly, moves a lot of water quickly, and the end product is clear and fresh tasting. I used iodine for years, and I'm not going back! With the amount of water that I drink on the trail, this is one piece of equipment that has a permanent place in my pack.

The only complaint that I routinely hear about water filters is that the element clogs. But that's sort of the point, isn't it. So I dismiss all of these complaints without a second thought. If the filter didn't clog, that would mean that it's not catching anything and it really wouldn't be a filter, right. I've probably filtered 50 liters of water with this element, and it seems to be running fine. Every so often I take it apart (usually every other trip) and clean the element according to the manufacturer's directions. And when I use it, I try to always filter the cleanest water I can find. This keeps the majority of the debris out of the filter and seems to prolong the intervals between cleanings.

So basically, I like this filter. I drink with confidence when I'm on the trail, it doesn't wear out my arm when I try to fill water bottles, and the water tastes great when I'm done. What more could you ask for.

Please note that anything I say here is simply my opinion. I am an expert (and a legend) only in my own mind. For the official corporate scoop, check out this product at PUR's Website.You can click here or on the banner below.

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