But prior to that, my Sawyer All-In-One filter and In-line adapter was working amazingly!
After that, I resorted to using a leaky Platypus as a squeeze bag for my filter and probably wasted countless hours until I finally threw the whole thing away in Damascus and switched to chlorine and a new Platypus Hoser. For the last 400 miles. At which point it didn't really matter anymore...but I digress.
Back to the filter.
Sawyer Squeeze Filters are excellent. I have been using the mini for a couple of years and have loved it. There are two main drawbacks:
- The squeeze bags wear out and burst annoyingly soon. As in after only a dozen uses or so. Buy extras.
- Squeezing water is a slow and tedious process, especially for large quantities.
Therefore, starting the AT with the All-In-One (higher flow rate) and an In-Line adapter for my Ultimate Direction bladder (note, if you use a bladder by Nathan or UD the adapter will not fit the hose. You'll have to use a platy or camelback hose instead) was the perfect solution.
- Easy to drink and filter at the same time
- Stop just long enough to fill the bladder and keep moving
The only drawback to that system was that the bladder was then always "dirty" water. When I filled from a municipal source I actually contaminated clean water only to filter it again as I drank. But, that was really a minor problem.
So, the moral of this story is this: Use the Sawyer All-In-One with the In-Line adapter if you use a hydration bladder. And, always use a bite valve cover.