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How can I maximize my portable water filter?

When choosing a portable water filter, keep these tips in mind:

  • Pore size: Hiking water filters are defined in terms of pore size. Look for a portable water filter that has an absolute pore size of 0.2 microns, which is the smallest filtering capacity, to minimize your risk of getting sick.
  • Portability: If you need hiking water purification for a long trip, factor enough space in your packing to accommodate the filter and replacement parts.
  • Protection: To get the most from your portable water filter, be sure to clean and dry the component parts regularly.

To maximize the effectiveness of your portable water filter, try to collect water that is still and clear, and boil water before treating it, if possible.

The Katadyn Hiker microfilter is a popular option for hiking water purification. The filter features an activated carbon core and weighs just 11 ounces.

For expert advice about portable water filters for hiking and camping, visit your local Sun and Ski Sports shop.

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