Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: water pumps by weight
Re: water pumps by weight
Mon, 2 Aug 1999 11:55:37 -0400
The best source of this info are the mfr's. specs. Many mail order
catatlogs provide good specs for this info as well. Both Campmor and REI
list weight as part of their writeup.
My personal favorite is the PUR Voyager at 11 oz.. For weight, cost,
performance, and ease of use it convinced me. It is perhaps not the most
durable or field serviceable, but then I don't do a lot of long term
trekking or expeditions, so this was less of a factor. We just got back
last month from a week in the BWCAW thru the BSA's Northern Tier High
Adventure Base and the Voyager performed well under these wilderness
conditions. After two years and 4 outings, it is still going strong with
no problems or in need of any replacements.
One thing we did this year on our high adventure trek was to outfit each
Scout with his own personal filter. We got a good deal on a new type of
filter that offers almost the same specs as my Voyager in a water bottle
cartridge form. The PentaPur "Sport" retails for around $35. (incl.
bottle) and is the slickest advance in filters/purifyers I've seen in
years. It is a self contained water PURIFYER and 1/2 litre sports bottle
in one. Just fill it and drink! The water cycles thru aa 3-stage
mineature purifiction cartridge (cyst filter + iodine resin purifyer +
activated charcoal filter) in the bottle. The cartridge removes 99.99%
0f all harmful agents down to 1 micron. It kills bacteria and viruses,
filters out protozons including giardia, as well as foul tasting
contaminents. The cartridge is replaceable and good for about 200
refills (100 litres) according to the manufacturer. It weighs in at 11
oz. (empty), a third of which is the weight of the bottle. Check them
out at the manufacturer's own site:
These performed admirably under less than ideal conditions. At an
average of 3-4 refills per day for a week we did not have a single
failure or problem. Not one case of a sour stomach or digestive problems
either. And it sure was good knowing that the boys would be more likely
to use a source of treated water more often if it was convenient. We
were able to get these at a discounted cost of $25. each and $20. for
replacrement cartridges ($25. retail). The good people at Chinook
Medical Gear Inc. were good enough to offer our Troop these discounted
prices (+ shp'g). You can contact them at: 1-800-766-1365 or e-mail at:
email@example.com. They also have a website:
For the record, I have no relationship of receive any benefit form
either of these business. I'm simply a satisfied custumer who thought
you'd like to know. Hope this info is of some help. Good luck.
Central Florida Council (Orlando)
Troop 225 ASM, AQM; Tipsa Lodge 326;
ADC and District Training Chair;
"usta be a Beaver (SR189)....
....and a good 'ol staffer too! (SR295)"