Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Aquamira Frontier Pro Water Filter

I just got back from a 3-day backpacking trip in Canyonlands National Park where I got a chance to put one of my recent gear purchases to the test. We carrierd our water in but were almost out by second day. Luckily, I brought my Aquamira Frontier Pro water filter. I threw it in my personal kit "just in case" and it was a good thing that I did. We filtered 5 liters of water and haulled it back to our camp with plenty to spare. Without it, we would have been out of luck. It's light, compact, and cheap; making it the perfect backup filter. Check out the video (note my beloved Mountainsmith Ghost in the background):




While it's not the most potent filter, it serves the purpose well for emergencies and the taste is pretty good! Here are the specs:

-Filter capacity: Up to 50 gallons (190 L)
-Weight: 2 oz
-Dimensions (approx.): 6" (length) x 1" (diameter)

Also, I've discovered that you can remove the bite valve which gets me to thinking that I could experiment with an inline gravity filter setup. Hmmmm....
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13 comments:

Ru said...

Only 2 microns... that is too bad. I live out here in beaver teritory. Not only do we have alot of posible geardia, but I have actualy gotten the bever fever before. These days I need to be SURE that it will work and the water that I drink is good. Even as a back up, I don't think that I would use it in the northeast.

Russell said...

By the way that last post was suposed to be Russell, not ru.

Jason Klass said...

Hey Russell,
No, for sure it wouldn't work in the Northeast beaverponds, etc. But it works just find out here).

PS said...

Hey Jason,
Scott from over at MBD.
I have rigged up my Frontier for gravity-feed. You can pull off the bite-valve, kind of twist it back and forth off, really. insert the tube that comes with the filter there. Hang your collection bag with the filter screwed on it and place a bag for filtered water underneath. it's a little slow, but it doesn't matter!

Great video.
I enjoyed it!

Jason Klass said...

Hey Scott,
Thanks for sharing that info. I did manage to get the bite valve off but I was thinking of hooking up the tube of my hydration bladder directly to the Fronteir Pro. That way, you wouldn't have to worry about it getting knocked over and losing your water. I haven't tried it yet so I don't know if it will work but I think it will.

Anonymous said...

It's UL & great at $20!

But after using it with suspect water, one has to filter again with a proper filter or boil anyway, which makes it useless. If the water's not too bad, it's OK but then again so is a bandana or coffee filter & once again it's redundant!

Get an inline Sawyer for $50 to $100, gets rid of all including viruses (which MSR/Katadyn don't) and it lasts for ever!

Nice pilot look, you looking good JK maa man ;)

Jason said...

Well you have a good point about the secondary filter. I plan to use this filter on my trip to Mt. Whitney but I'll be using it in combination with Micropur tablets. So, I can basically kill everything in 20 liters of water for only 2.4 oz. Not bad!

Steve in Hokkaido said...

Hi Jason,
I have enjoyed many of your videos and ideas. I was a bit curious about "We filtered 5 liters of water and haulled it back to our camp with plenty to spare", considering you have to suck the water out. Heh, and I notice my spell check is tagging 'haulled'. (I did enjoy the above posting rant.)
I am interested in getting a water filter for use in Hokkaido myself, and hope to purchase in the next few months. We had two filters in a group of five backpacking last week, but I ended up drinking some very nice snow melt unfiltered when near camp alone. I'll be looking for filter info and getting one before I go out next.

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john said...

I have enjoyed many of your videos and ideas. I was a bit curious about "We filtered 5 liters of water and haulled it back to our camp with plenty to spare", considering you have to suck the water out. Heh, and I notice my spell check is tagging 'haulled'.
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Jason Klass said...

Hi John,
You don't have to suck the water out. You can squeeze the Platypus bag to filter. "Haulled" is a typo. My bad.

jim said...

i just got a sawyer millon gal in line filter at rei on sale 30.00 bucks and made my own gravity system weighting 6.8 oz.
jim

Jason Klass said...

Hi Jim,
Sorry, a comment like that requires a link to photos that we can drool over. Cough it up!