Okay, so I'm on the fence on whether to switch to an inline filter system or not. My current set up is just a 2L Camelback Android (6.6 oz) and iodine two-part tablets (1.0 oz.). However, with the lighter filters that can be set up as an inline system and the high cost of iodine tablets or other purification pills, ie, Katdyn or Aquamira (chlorine), I'm re-thinking how I do water.
I bought a Platypus 2L hoser, which cuts the bag weight in half, but I'm on the fence about using an inline filter given the weight and that the ones I've seen only deal with cysts like giardia and crypto but not viruses, etc. I like how light the various tablet treatments are, but realistically after buying even a few dozen of any of the tablet products, that equals the price of the Sawyer or Frontier Pro filter options I've seen.
So, I was thinking of ordering the Sawyer 3 way inline filter during the REI 20% sell, but then I came across a Frontier Pro Ultralight Multi-use Water Filter on sale in my local store, that says it is good for treating 50 gallons. So I picked one up.
However, before I open that package, and before the REI sale runs out, my question is if anybody is familiar with this Frontier Pro model and can tell me if this is good for basic water treatment or if the Sawyer 3 way inline filter would be better given weight, price and longevity. Pros vs. cons?
I did consider the Sawyer Squeeze, but since I like Using a hydration bladder and hose set-up, I was thinkng the 3 way would better suit my needs. Unless I'm wrong abvout the Squeeze not being as adaptable to an inline use or not...
Any feedback or suggestions?