An Inexpensive Little Water Filter

The Frontier Pro with extra pre filters and drinking tube.

As I have mentioned on several occasion I like to hike in the mountains near my home, and while I always carry water, I also carry a backup filter.  On hot summer days, I have gone through a half gallon of water in a few hours.  It can get over 100 degrees in the canyons.

The filter I carry is the Frontier Pro by Aquamira, it is a sweet little unit that with the filter, pre filters and a drinking tube weights less than three ounces.  That sounds so unbelievable I had to go and weight it myself.  The company’s literature says that it will filter 50 gallons of water, but I have been told that this is a very conservative figure and it will filter considerable more.

Because of it light weight and small size, it is only 5 ½ inches long and 1 /14 inches in diameter, it fits in your pocket.  I like this because even if I am separated from my water bottle I still have a backup.  I am rarely very far from water.  For me it is just a matter of putting the drinking tube on one end and sucking water directly from the source.  With the drinking tube, you can drink from a stream, a cup or almost any other water source.

The bite valve is easy to use and eliminates any confusion about which end goes into the water, even in the dark.

These are also great to use in bug out bags. The Frontier Pro filter will connect directly to any water bottle with a 28mm opening such as a Platypus® or standard spring water bottle

They remove 99.9 percent of Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and other contaminants and the activated carbon improves the taste.

While they do make a smaller unit, I like the Frontier Pro, for several reasons.  Fifty gallons is enough water to normally get you out of a bad situation.  I weights next to nothing and the price is right.  If you shop carefully, you can buy them for $20.00 which is a real bargain.  At that price you can afford to buy several and put them in your bug out bag, car and even carry one with you.

I have been very pleased with mine.


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2 Responses to An Inexpensive Little Water Filter

  1. Brunnenvergifter says:

    You write:

    “They remove 99.9 percent of Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and other contaminants and the activated carbon improves the taste.”

    Which “other contaminants”? Maybe you have been lucky so far in your drinking practice, because I was interested to read the following negative review from 2009 at

    ” This filter is of limited utility because of the large pore size which allows most bacteria and all viruses to get through. It will only strain out particulates, cryptosporidium and giardia. Therefore, you will need to chemically treat the water for at least 15 minutes before you use the filter. The advantage to this filter is that you can chemically treat the water and be able to drink it through the filter without waiting the full 1-4 hours required for the chemicals to kill giardia and cryptosporidium. There is also a way you can convert this filter into a very lightweight gravity filter system using collapsible playpus type water containers and plastic tubing. Do a search on youtube for “jasonklass filter”

    Also, Amazon itself states in the product description:

    “Note: Miraguard does not protect users against foodborne or disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or germs. If viruses or smaller bacteria are suspected, use in conjunction with Aquamira water purifier tablets.”

  2. admin says:

    Your post is correct. See my blog where I am withdrawing my recommendations on this filter.

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