These aren’t my mods, but a couple I’ve read about in a few places that I think are worthwhile. On the Long Trail, I treated my water with AquaMira and a bandana as a pre filter when there were a ton of floaters. Based on what I’ve read about water sources in the Desert section of the PCT I’m going to want a pre-filter of some sort. With some testing at home, the screen in adapter seems to work well. I’ll update this on the trail if it fails or if I MacGyver anything else. In the meantime here are some tips in no particular order:
- Buy a Sawyer SP150 Coupling:
- The syringe the Squeeze comes with is good at back flushing, but not necessary when I can just use the adapter and a clean water bag. One less thing to worry about. There’s a thread about it on WhiteBlaze.net
- Use the plastic cap to keep it clean.
- If temps are going to drop below freezing at night, put the filter in your bag/quilt with you to prevent it from freezing. If you can blow air through it after you suspect it’s been frozen, it’s definitely broken.