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I'm sure this has been posted many times before and I'm sorry to bring it up again..but opinions change, and users come and go. So here goes...what are your opinions about useing aquamira drops? I currently am satisfied with the sawyer squeeze set up I have but I am considering aquamira as my backup. Does anyone use the aquamira solely as your water purifier?  As a backup?

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Why use drops instead of tablets?  The bottles are heavy and the shelf life is shorter.  Apart from that, lots of people use that form of treatment as a primary method.
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Stuff that can spill, or leak, is a problem for me in a health safety item. Even where the tablets are squished to powder inside their little blister pack, the dust would still perform to specification.

I used chemicals in the early 80's, didn't like the taste nevermind the wait.

Wit the newer chemistry while the taste has vastly improved the wait time remains to deter that as a primary means of water treatment. But for backup they're light enough. One thing I'd check for a backup, meaning infrequently used, item? The comparative shelf lives: I'd want the one that lasts the longest so I wouldn't be discarding unused backups any earlier than necessary.

I suspect that's the tablets but I could be wrong, they just have the more airtight packaging (oxygen is the enemy to most chemicals) and dry is often very stable....

ETA: Oh and slight nitpick? Chemicals aren't a "purifier" as that term is applied to water treatment as it removes nothing, so all contaminating chemicals remain, thus the water produced is not "purified", what chemicals do is sanitize the water rendering it biologically free from disease organisms. The arsenic, heavy metal containing mine runoff or the organo-phosphate pesticide farm runoff all would remain.
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Right now I am using MSR Aquatabs for backup.  They require only 30 mins, unlike the 4 hours of the Micropur tabs I used to carry.  Haven't actually used them yet, so I can't speak to the taste.  I would much rather carry individually wrapped tablets with an extremely long shelf life than two bottles of liquid.
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I've used aquamira drops instead of filters for the last couple of years. Works great for me, but - it depends on where you're at. The water where I backpack isn't receiving any industrial or agricultural runoff - it's mostly lake water in forest watershed so the main concern is giardia. Some lakes can be a bit tea-coloured - these taste poor mixed with the drops (but a million times better than the old iodine pills).

The drops are more economical than the pills (here in Canada at least) but they can be messy and leaky and don't last as long. Based on the usage I get I've stopped buying drops and now go with pills because I was throwing out the half-full drops at the end of the year anyway.
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I use chlorine drops after filtering with a sawyer sawyer squeeze.  I use a camelbak carbon filter to remove the chlorine taste.

I've had people tell me "you don't have to worry about viruses in the US" but I've come across human feces along streams and water sources in the woods.  I ain't taken the chance of death because Jethro is an idiot.
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I used Aquamira for a few years.  I would repackage it into the tiny dropper bottles ultralighters use.  The wait didn't bother me, and as far as the taste I usually put Crystal Lite or G2 powder into the water anyway, so that didn't bother me.  Once one bottle came unscrewed and leaked - didn't make much of a mess, as it was in my bear canister, but made everything in it smell like bleach.  I was on my way out, so didn't need anymore water.  But since then I went back to using a filter.  I may try the tablets - they look like a good compromise.

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Subjective...

I am leery of using chemicals alone -- esp. when treating cold water -- as I know I do not have the patience to wait up to four hours (unless treating water overnight).  But many Aquamira users say they never wait anywhere close to 4 hours and they never get sick either?  OK, but then, many hikers actually don't use any kind of filtering/treatment systems at all -- and they claim they don't get sick either.  Not getting sick, unfortunately, doesn't automatically mean the treatment used is effective.  You can't really quantify (never mind eliminate) the risk when you drink your water after 30 minutes when the instruction says 4 hours.

Again, subjective, I prefer pairing an Aquamira Frontier Pro with chlorine.  I prefer the Frontier Pro over the Sawyer Squeeze:

1.  more compact
2.  lighter weight (just 2 oz)
3.  has a carbon core to improve water taste
4.  can be screwed on directly to a water bottle (comes with its own bite valve)
5.  can also be used in gravity or inline mode (more flexible)

For complete range of treatment (including viruses), I prefer to pretreat my water with 5 drops of household bleach (e.g. Clorox) -- wait 20 minutes -- then drink through the AquaMira filter.  The filter removes all traces of chlorine.

So if you don't mind a 20-min wait period, you can have a light and compact "do it all" filter system.  Lighter than the Sawyer. And the bleach will be a lot less expensive than Aquamira drops/tablets.  Finally, with the combined use, you don't have to worry about the potential "4 hour" treatment time for really cold water when using chemicals alone.


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All valid points. Again, I am thinking of useing it as a backup. The tablets may be the way to go for me. Thanks for all info and opinions.

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If it's just for back up, I would go with tablets.  Long shelf life, lighter weight and take up less space.  
Trip dependent, I use either the Sawyer Squeeze or re-packaged Aqua Mira drops as my primary.  Tablets as back up for both.
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Again, subjective, I prefer pairing an Aquamira Frontier Pro with chlorine.  I prefer the Frontier Pro over the Sawyer Squeeze:

1.  more compact
2.  lighter weight (just 2 oz)
3.  has a carbon core to improve water taste
4.  can be screwed on directly to a water bottle (comes with its own bite valve)
5.  can also be used in gravity or inline mode (more flexible)

Some observations:

Squeeze can be rigged as a gravity filter as well. Also there is an attachment to use it inline, tho early versions may not work with it, have not checked.

Frontier Pro "filters up to 50 gallons" while the Squeeze is back flushable with included syringe.

Frontier Pro removes contaminants down to 3 microns. Squeeze has a .1 Absolute Micron pore size... I would only use the Frontier Pro WITH chemicals. It will not stop e. coli or other bacteria that are also sometimes present - especially in the overused areas of national parks.

Hiker Pro has .3 micron - most MSR filters are .2 - by comparison.

Just FYI.... The Squeeze and the Frontier Pro are not really comparable in function when it comes to pore size.

Also, the Squeeze does attach to some soft sided water containers - Evernew, I think, though I have only heard this and not tried it.


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To answer the question yes the drops work well, but I too would carry the tablets as back up (and do).

I honestly like the way both work except for the wait. I never planned to use them but had to to help a friend's research and found that they make almost any water taste better. I took water from a horse trough on the PCT, full of green "stuff" and it actually tasted OK.

Maybe I was thirsty...


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To answer the question yes the drops work well, but I too would carry the tablets as back up (and do).

I honestly like the way both work except for the wait. I never planned to use them but had to to help a friend's research and found that they make almost any water taste better. I took water from a horse trough on the PCT, full of green "stuff" and it actually tasted OK.

Maybe I was thirsty...

Thanks Ray. Glad u chimed in here. I am going to go with the tablets for my back up. Good to know it makes water taste better too, lol.

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