whitebear54 wrote:Cast Iron wrote:I understand the idea behind LifeStraw and what I am seeing from the link provided for Survival Filter, light weight, ease of portability.
However, after last years drought, I completely switched to gravity filters. I can filter 3L of water in a few minutes, and take it with me. My range in between refills is increased, I am not dependent on keeping within a given distance from a water source, and I am a lot less likely to become a heat case in hot/drought like conditions.
I have a co-worker who is pro-LifeStraw. I asked him how long would it take him to fill a 16oz canteen using the suck and spit method? A 3L hydration bladder?
I agree with you completely. I have an AquaRain model 404 gravity water filter at home and I use it all the time. For backpacking or trekking in arid areas your method is best. But for those who find natural water sources the Survivor filter is terrific. You should have both. Drink with the Survivor filter when near water use your 3L bladder when not. It will make the water supply in your 3L bladder last longer. btw Is it a Camelback?
My apologies for not responding sooner.
Trying to get the last of the hay in.
Per the discussion I had with my co-worker, making the assumption I had to get from work to home in the event of an EMP on foot.
I am making the assumption for the first twelve to twenty four hours, most people will be wondering what just happened, and the full on Mad Max road warrior scenario has yet to set in.
The most direct and fastest route home would be using the roads.
I fall back upon my USMC training: Hump for fifty minutes, ten minute rest/hydrate break. Drinking about one liter of water per break, I have at about three hours before I need to resupply with water.
That also will get me half way home. According to Google, it would take me about five and a half hours to get home from work.
Using a lifestraw, rather then resting I would have to take those ten minutes to forage for water, and that could be a considerable distance from the road (based off the maps), going over and into other peoples property.
Last year, during the drought, a number of water sources dried up or became inaccessible.
If and when I find water, even if I still have half a bladder full, I will still take the opportunity to top off.
This is the set up that works best for me.
Individual mileage may vary.
I have a Platypus.
Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:13 am