Took my new Sawyer Squeeze system out this weekend. It was only one night with short distance, but I still got a feeling for how it worked. Here on Sunday afternoon reflecting one its first outing, I've come up with a couple of mods to share:
1. In a fit of frustration while trying to fill the 32 oz bag from a running creek and then from a lake, I cut open the bottom. Still not totally sure I am happy I did this, but at the time, 9:30 Friday night and thirsty, I couldn't have been more pleased. I have since punched a couple of holes in the bottom edging, outside the bladder proper, and placed a 2 ft piece of small elastic cord through. I can hang the bag, and use the stretch cord to neatly wrap the bag before packing.
2. The pull spout was a little frustrating...balance the receiving bottle, squeezing the bag, proper alignment, etc. This afternoon gave way to the fill bottle/hose mod. I work in an operating room. If you have ever spent any time all in an OR (not as a patient) you know we throw away hundreds of the two items below every week. The first is a irrigation bulb that looks strikingly like a turkey baster. The second is surgical suction tubing. It's used for suctioning blood and various other body fluids (I know, TMI, but you'll happy to know that neither had been previously used).
I cut the tip of the irrigation bulb, drilled a hole in a Dasani water bottle, and glued the tip in the hole. I drilled a tiny vent hole in the finished nozzle.
It fits the Dasani, a Platypus, and an Evernew. Granted, the threads don't fit perfect, but it holds the bottle in place while I squeeze.
3. Added stretch cord to my Sawyer Squeeze bottles with hot glue.
4. I didn't just throw away the rest of that handy irrigation bulb/turkey baster (multi use item). I enlarged the cut end to fit my Thermarest Neoair and pushed it through a hole cut in the corner of a kitchen trash bag. Instant instaflator! 2 bags then a big blow with the mouth for pressure.
Next weekend these all get a field test. Will also test the twirling dry method for the SS.