MSR miniworks filter review Ari

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 18 November 2014

MSR miniworks water filter review Oct 22 to 26, 2011 in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.


 Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop: Gear

"Ari started cursing at it. He was working like a dog to make Noble Lake's crap water filter. He wanted to spend his energy hiking, or at least enjoying the view."

I bought one of these when they first came out. It looked pretty, was not too heavy, and MSR actually managed to get them adopted by the Marines. Too bad for the Marines!

I really like MSR as a company, and Cascade Designs did not ruin MSR when they bought them. I like Cascade Designs too, and I am a diehard user of much MSR gear. But not this filter.

I returned mine after one use. Ari got an MSR miniworks filter in 2011, years after I had tried and discarded the Miniworks. I was surprised to see him bring one on a loop we hiked in 2011.

His worked as well as mine, and was especially troublesome in the sometimes high mineral waters of the Sierra, as well as water with high amounts of dissolved solids.

I began to dread purifying water when carrying the MSR. It produced a spiral of frustration as each pump-stroke became more difficult and the time it took to clean water got longer and longer.

Post up your experiences with the MSR miniworks through the comments link below.

Registered members can post up stand alone articles in this Water Filter or the Water System forums about their best and worse moments dealing with water purification issues and systems.

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