Hi, I'm going to have a trip to china for a month in 2 weeks and I'm in the process of selecting a portable drinking water filtration system, as I don't even trust the bottled water there based on the incidents I've read. Hope any experienced user could give me some input. I'll be visiting couple of cities & outdoor tourist places(mountains & rivers). My primary goal is to have a filter system that provides reliable drinking water from Hotel's tap water as well as lakes & rivers from outdoor for 2 people, with minimal weight & size being secondary. The system will also be used as emergency water filter at home and occasional hiking/day trip activities when I return to the US.
So after checking out numerous products including Lifesaver bottle, Katadyn Pocket/bottle, MSR Miniworks/Hyperflow/Sweetwater, Sawyer Squeeze, and online videos & user reviews, I've narrowed down to my choices to a 2-step combo system for questionable water source, which I think will provide the best result, basically a microfilter + Steripen Classic.
For microfilter, I have narrowed down to either the Sawyer Squeeze or MSR Miniworks EX, and at the moment I'm leaning toward Miniworks EX, because although it's heavier & less convenient to use than the Sawyer Squeeze, it filters pesticides & reduce chemicals which concerns me with its carbon core but Sawyer squeeze does not. Of course I could get the Katadyn carbon extension for the Sawyer, but somehow that feels more clumsy and there is one more piece of equipment I need to think about.
Are there any thoughts to my setup or ways to improve it? Any preferences with either MSR Miniworks EX or Sawyer Squeeze given my requirement above? Should i not concern much with the chemical & pesticides in lakes & river in China(because I really love the size, weight, flow rate & claimed 1mil gallon guarantee)?