Balancing Price, Durability and Weight with Backpacking Supplies
So I've been struggling with how to balance the backpacking budget, durability and weight....Read more
I love my Nalgene bottle for the gym and work, but a Smart Water bottle is so much lighter for the trail. It’s threads also fits my water filter.
I’m always looking for the next big “huzzah”, when it comes to lighter or easier gear.
Smart Water bottles for me, too! Especially the ones with the rubbery sport nozzle, because they are ideal for backflushing a Sawyer mini filter without having to carry that heavy syringe.
@Bonfire Sawyer Squeeze water filters can be back flushed. They come with a plastic syringe for this purpose.
You can use a Smart water bottle or similar with the flip top "rubbery" kind of "Sport Cap" instead. It's almost as effective. The pull top sports caps don't really work for this.
Sawyer also sell (sometimes include) a coupler that you can use to backflush with a Smart water bottle or similar by screwing them together.
Most disposable water bottles in the US use the same thread for the cap and Sawyer filters also use that thread.
If you go sawyer I highly recommend considering the CNOC Vectro as the dirty water/squeeze bag instead of the stock mylar bags which have a number of problems.
I also recommend adding a filter washer such as the Camco 20183 1" Hose Filter Washer between the squeeze bag and the filter to keep the larger particles out of the filter...and in any case carry a spare washer because they are easy to lose and the filter doesn't work well without one.
@OldGuyot, I like the sound of this system, do you by chance a photo of this, so I can see how you layout the use of the hose filter washer. I want to steal this idea!
@Philreedshikes If you are not familiar with the Squeeze or the CNOC Vectro then I can take a picture but I need to root around for it.
If you mean the Camco 20183 1" Hose Filter Washer, it just replaces the stock washer on the "dirty water" side end of the Sawyer Squeeze. There is not really any magic to it if you are familiar with the Squeeze. The Camco 20183 washer is just a rubbery washer with a domed stainless steel filter mesh instead of a hole. You can find it online. It is intended for use with an RV water hookup hose so presumably is potable safe as oppose to those made for a 1" garden hose that may not be. Those would work for size if you are not that picky. I just figured it was better to have a removable pre-filter on the Sawyer Squeeze. You need to have a spare washer because it is easy to lose the embedded washer when you backflush the filter. You can't get a good seal for the "Squeezing" without that washer installled. The Camco washers don't have the little retaining tabs like the stock washer which may make them easier to lose.
I am just light on everything else so I can muscle all the water I drink. I'm ashamed to say I often start with 5 liters, even when there is a refill point.
same here. I switched from nalgene bottles to smart water bottles a few years ago, and I dropped the bladder/hose, all in the name of saving weight.
I rarely find a place where I need to hike with more than 1 liter, almost always can find a water source when I need to resupply. Excepting a few places like superstition wilderness in AZ (winter for me) where one hikes from spring to spring. On the boulder mail trail in escalante natl monument, carried 3 liters due to questionable G2 on water 'potholes'. But everywhere else, Sierras, Bridger, Colorado, AT, only need 1 liter.
In the challenge to lower pack weight, the struggle is real, lol
I'm hoping with time I will get less freaked out about not having enough water and I'll be able to pack less. I frequently start with 5 liters on a weekend trip, albeit, I do drink/cook it all.