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PostFri Sep 01, 2017 4:29 pm 
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How do you carry your BeFree filter?

I picked one up Friday at the REI sale and used it over the past week for a 7 day backpacking trip (with Aqua Mira as a backup).  I was really enjoying it for the first three days but that night it somehow got a pin-sized hole in it, near where the hard plastic meets soft material.  It still worked but I had to keep my finger over the hole.  Not sure how it happened, I am pretty careful with all my gear.  It's going back to REI and I'm going back to my Sawyer for now.
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PostSun Sep 03, 2017 1:28 am 
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I use a Sawyer with a Smart Water bottle.  The Sawyer bags are a waste of time.  The Smart Water bottle fits in my pack side mesh pockets and I can drink right from the filter.  Pretty simple.

I replace my Sawyer each year.
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PostMon Sep 04, 2017 9:36 am 
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Dump the original hard/soft bag and get a Hydrapak Seeker.
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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 3:37 pm 
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I liked your write-up.  I ended up doing more research and then bought the BeFree.  I used it on a six day trip.  Vary convenient and fast.  The large mouth was helpful a few times when we had bad water options.  I would recommend it to others.
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PostWed Sep 13, 2017 2:41 pm 
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I've used the BeFree extensively for the last 5 month and much prefer it over any other filter I've ever owned.
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PostFri Sep 15, 2017 11:31 pm 
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why not just boil?
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PostSat Sep 16, 2017 2:45 pm 
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why not just boil?

Boiling is time consuming and uses a lot of fuel. You need to boil for several minutes to kill all the microorganisms, and that really uses a lot of fuel...

Also, I like my drinking water as cold as possible.
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PostWed Sep 20, 2017 9:54 pm 
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I carry mine in a side pouch of my pack.  I also got a small pin hole leak but patched it temporarily on the trail with a bit of duct tape.  When I returned home I put a quarter sized piece of tenacious tape over the hole and no problems since.  Isn't that why they make tenacious tape?

The BeFree is the only water filter I carry and use it in conjunction with a hydrapak 2 l seeker bottle.  Fills all of my needs.  My sawyer squeeze, which I liked a lot, probably will never see the light of day again.
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PostFri Sep 22, 2017 9:37 am 
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The only very minor problem I've had with the BeFree after two months of use is the flimsy plastic hinge on the cap cover broke, but I knew that was going to happen.

Turns out that the flip top screw caps on Smartwater and Propel water bottles are exactly compatible with the BeFree filter top, so for $1.40 I have a brand new cap.

No problem with the stock bag so far, and I often carry it filled loose in my pack.  I have a Hydrapak Seeker I carry as a backup just in case.
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PostWed Nov 01, 2017 5:19 am 
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After several months of use with the BeFree filter, I have noticed that if the filter is stored dry--I always unscrew it when I get home from a trip and allow it to air dry to prevent mold growth--it does require several minutes to saturate when re-exposed to water.  This does delay the ability to filter upon first use when I go on the next trip.

The solution is simple: rewet the filter before leaving home.
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PostWed Nov 01, 2017 2:22 pm 
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cartman wrote:
...it does require several minutes to saturate when re-exposed to water.  ...

The solution is simple: rewet the filter before leaving home.

Yep, locks up tight every time.  You can barely get a dribble to go through when it's dry.  Don't panic, just soak it for a while.  I've learned to screw it on a bottle/bag as I drive to the trailhead...problem solved.
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PostSun Nov 05, 2017 11:00 am 
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cartman wrote:
The solution is simple: rewet the filter before leaving home.

I found that out early on and I do the same at one point this summer the filter was dry and nothing filtered so I let it float in some shallow water on the lake and it filtered normally. I was very hesitant to try and squeeze the soft reservoir any harder to make it flow.

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PostSun Mar 04, 2018 12:19 am 
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Ok I am sold on this to give a shot. I have always used iodine tabs when on the move if I need to refill because I am brave and made the chore of water boiling when I make camp. But this might be a game changer.

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