Emergency Drinking Straws

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Emergency Drinking Straws

Post by Laevatein » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:11 pm

What do you use?

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Re: Emergency Drinking Straws

Post by RonnyRonin » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:37 pm

I much prefer to rely on a collapsible bottle and chemical purification for my last ditch option as this takes care of more nasties and allows me to transport water.

some of the sawyer products can be used as straws, but I would only resort to that if all my water containers had failed. A water filter that can only be used as a straw is probably the worst option with all the filtering options on the market today.
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Re: Emergency Drinking Straws

Post by echo83 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:23 pm

I hope I never have to use it, but I have an Aquamira Frontier Straw. It's basically a straw with a chunk of activated charcoal in it. The idea of sticking it into a puddle and hoping for the best strikes me as insanely optimistic, but I guess it beats filtering through a sock.

I'd really be far more comfortable with my Sawyer Squeeze. It gives you way more options, last longer, weighs next to nothing, and takes up very little space. Plus, you can use it to filter into a container, filter from a container, and filter on the go.

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Post by majorhavoc » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:57 pm

Being an incorrigible gadget freak, I have just about everything. A Frontier straw in my minimalist kit, a Life Straw in my motorcycle get home bag, a Sawyer Mini in my car get home bag, and the inaccurately named Katadyn Pocket filter for my shelter in/vehicular bug out kit. And some Aquatab water purification tablets for an Altoids tin style survival kit.

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Post by taipan821 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:06 pm

I carry a sawyer mini and a 1L water pouch for water treatment, but I find myself using chemical tablets more and more as its easier and less hassle
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Post by teotwaki » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:15 pm

I have a Survivor Filter in my HPG chest pack

https://www.amazon.com/Survivor-Filter- ... lter+straw
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Post by acropolis5 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:10 pm

Seychelles advanced straw.

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Post by gary83 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:27 am

I have a sawyer mini that comes with a water bag.

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Re: Emergency Drinking Straws

Post by DrJack » Fri May 18, 2018 8:53 am

As a general rule I avoid straws.
For the price, weight, reliability, and mass action effect I prefer a hand pump.

I use mine for backpacking trips as well as part of my emergency plan, and am typically pumping for about 3 people.
My preferred unit is the Sweetwater trekker. They were bought out many years ago by MSR who continued manufacturing this same design under the name "Sweetwater". I just checked their website and didn't see it available. They still do have the miniworks, which in my opinion is a distant 2nd place in the world of microfilters. (The sweetwater is available online for about 80-100 USD, the miniworks is as cheap as 40)

When it comes to chemical purification Polar pure is my go-to system. It is a measured bottle with iodine crystals in it that allow you to make your own tincture for treating water. On the plus side it is by far the lightest weight and most cost-effective method for treating enormous quantities of water and has an indefinite shelf life. The downside is it takes time to prep the tincture, more time to treat the water, and you need to be able to do some measuring and calculations. Also, iodine treated water is pretty hard on your system and can lead to thyroid problems with extended use; although it appears that this varies greatly between individuals and the industry standard of 2mg/day up to 3 weeks may be inaccurate for some individuals. Regardless, this should only be used as a temporary solution. (sic)

As far as selecting between the two, chlorine, and boiling as your options, it really depends on the contaminants in the water you are drinking. Check for the local bacteria and parasites in your area. If industrial pollution is part of your risk, distillation may be your only truly reliable option. This is by far the most resource intensive method out there.
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Re: Emergency Drinking Straws

Post by Youngdumb » Thu May 24, 2018 8:53 am

majorhavoc wrote:Being an incorrigible gadget freak, I have just about everything. A Frontier straw in my minimalist kit, a Life Straw in my motorcycle get home bag, a Sawyer Mini in my car get home bag, and the inaccurately named Katadyn Pocket filter for my shelter in/vehicular bug out kit. And some Aquatab water purification tablets for an Altoids tin style survival kit.

I came across some positive reviews on Sawyer MINI and it seems really cool. As you've used it yourself, would you recommend it?

I don't have a problem carrying larger filter, it just seem fancy to me. I even think it'd be useful for my weekend bikeride too.

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Re: Emergency Drinking Straws

Post by majorhavoc » Thu May 24, 2018 10:19 am

Youngdumb wrote:
majorhavoc wrote:Being an incorrigible gadget freak, I have just about everything. A Frontier straw in my minimalist kit, a Life Straw in my motorcycle get home bag, a Sawyer Mini in my car get home bag, and the inaccurately named Katadyn Pocket filter for my shelter in/vehicular bug out kit. And some Aquatab water purification tablets for an Altoids tin style survival kit.

I came across some positive reviews on Sawyer MINI and it seems really cool. As you've used it yourself, would you recommend it?

I don't have a problem carrying larger filter, it just seem fancy to me. I even think it'd be useful for my weekend bikeride too.
Since I wrote there are even more options, including a Frontier Straw Pro (SensiblePrepper on Youtube does a nice review of that newest offering). To be completely honest, their present value to me is mainly peace of mind. I have them tucked away at in various BOB and GHB kits, but I've never had cause to use them. The only water filtration device I use with any regularity is a NDur filter water bottle that I use on hikes in the White Mountains. http://goinggear.com/ndur-28oz-flip-top ... olive.html

But to directly answer your question, the Sawyer Mini shows up on most people's short list of recommended compact emergency filtration systems. You certainly wouldn't be going wrong with the Sawyer.

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