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Potable Aqua Pure- Electrolytic Water Purifier
An electrolytic water purifier with a rechargeable battery and built-in solar panel for backup recharging. Potent enough to eliminate giardia and cryptosporidium, this handheld purifier uses electricity to make saltwater into a solution (mixed oxidant disinfectant) that will purify dirty water.
h3 The Specs
- Scaleable treatment allows you to treat from 1 to 20 liters of water.
- Solar powered backup for charging, one hour of direct sunlight gives enough charge for 1 liter of water treatment.
- Ready to use, no need to pre filter water.
- Cost effective
- Designed to meet military specifications for freeze/thaw drop and crush resistance.
- Lasting protection, residual disinfectant extends protection to water that is not immediately consumed.
- High value due to the very low cost of operating device (salt required to make brine solution).
- No batteries to replace, charge with usb or solar power, purifies 150 liters + per full charge.
This product is effective water treatment for most all waterborne pathogens, including cryptosporidium, e-Coli, and giardia. There are backup means of charging built in, reducing my concerns for taking it into the wild. Instructions on the purifier are easy to follow, and there is a waterproof quick-start guide that covers the instructions for purifying water, as well as showing conversions for amounts of water into liters. Weight on the purifier was 3.7 ounces on my scale and 4 ounces after I filled it with salt. The Brine bottle empty weighed 9 grams, filled it was 43 grams. Test strips (in provided container) weighed 30 grams. The quick-start guide weighed 11 grams. There is a small carry pouch provided which weighed 9 grams. The total weight with salt reservoirs filled, brine bottle filled, quick-start guide, pouch, and test strips (in provided container) together weighed 7.3 ounces. Using the purifier was easy for me. I could see that using it on winter trips may be a little harder if I were shivering cold, but that could be avoided with more prior preparation. The flexibility of being able to purify different amounts of water is nice, and there are varied wait times for if you suspect giardia or cryptosporidium presence in the water (giardia wait 30 minutes, cryptosporidium wait 4 hours). Compared to the other water treatment options on the market I feel like it is a good value over the life of the product. While it is a bit more complex to use than something like a Sawyer Mini, it is proficient in purifying most of the water treatment needs you may encounter while backpacking.
Stio Men’s Divide Tech Tee
A poly/cotton blend shirt made purposefully for outdoor sports with a casual style suitable for everyday wear.
- Drirelease with FreshGaurd heathered single jersey, 85% poly 15% cotton.
- UPF 15 for added sun protection.
- Flatlock Seams for comfort.
- Quick drying.
- Weighs 5 ounces.
Wearing cotton while in the mountains is not something that I personally do often. If I am going to be in a hotter climate like the desert, or just choosing casual wear for spring and summer, I will usually wear cotton. The rest of the year I will be wearing synthetics, wool, or down. This shirt, however, is not simply cotton. I have worn several poly/cotton blends in the past and found that they are very comfortable in most climates. The addition of cotton in a small amount can also give the garment a softer feel. A blend like this does dry quickly, especially if you have direct sunlight on it. The flatlock seams are nice and a personal preference when I am wearing a pack or doing anything involving aerobic activity. The fabric is made to withstand holding odors. UPF protection is a nice addition and is something that I like in all of my garments.
Hanz Waterproof Socks
A waterproof, seamless sock with wicking liner available with differing levels of thermal protection.
- Wicking liner
- Seamless and snug fit
- Silent-knit technology