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Topic - Water Tablets vs Steripen

lone - on 02 Mar 2011
Hi everyone

I currently filter water using a Katadyn hiker pump and Steripen, but this gear is heavy against the obviously smaller option of water tablets. I trust my current system which works as Iím still here, and never been ill from water contamination.

Can anyone tell me whether a Steripen and katadyn hiker pump is more efficient than water tablets for water purification? I want to shed as much gear as possible for some long distance back packing and the water tablets are obviously a better choice weight wise, but by ditching the Steripen & pump do I leave myself open to contamination bug wise?

I would still want the freedom to drink from rural reservoirs and upland streams, which are a few hundred yards or a mile or so from the source.

Thanks

Jason
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