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Pro Allows constant water supply for a campsite
The unique bladder filtration system has a total capacity of 8 liters – 4 liters of clean and 4 liters of dirty water. In a combination with the fast filtration process it provides enough water for a campsite without the need of constantly running after new supplies of water to filter.
Pro Fast treatment time
The filtration process is very fast as it can filter 1.75 liters of water per minute. This becomes in handy if a group of people are backpacking and you need to filter large amounts of water each time.
Pro No complicated parts
There isn’t anything that can go wrong with this filtration system because there aren’t any mechanical or electronic parts that can go bad. Just make sure to keep the system out of freezing temperatures.
Pro Useful accessories available
Platypus makes handy additional accessories for this filtration system. You can buy a bottle adapter to directly fill the filtered water in a bottle and a Carbon Element filter that helps remove odors and flavors from the filtered water.
Con Expensive cartridge replacement
The cartridge filter is good enough to filter up to 1500 liters of water, after that it needs to be replaced. The replacement filter is on the expensive side, costing around 50 dollars.
Con No covers for the tubing
There are no covers included for the connecting points so you have to pay extra attention keeping them clean when the system is stored.
Con Doesn’t filter out viruses
The hollow fiber filters out bacteria and protozoa as large as 0.2 microns but doesn’t filter out viruses. It shouldn’t be a problem in North America, but be careful when using it in parts of the world where the water can be contaminated.