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Old 08-17-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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Default Better water carry ideas wanted

I carry two big bottles of water while i'm in the Mt. chasing brookie's. They are the heaviest thing in my pack. I'm thinking about a purifier,& would like some input form other blueliners.
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I can usually get by with two smaller bottles, but still they are heavy, it will be interesting to see what the others are doing while working small streams in the mtns.
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I would be interested in something that hangs from the waist and only holds a bottle (or two). Haven't found anything to my liking, so I'm also interested to see the responses.
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That's what the big back pocket of the Patagucci vest is for. I'm thinking of buying a camel back like bikers use though. Those have insulation and will keep water cold.
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I use an older Orvis chest pack/backpack. I use a Camelback Hawg bladder in it. Fill it with ice cubes, then water, and it's cold all day. And no heavy bottles to pull your pants down. And you can pack your lunch next to the bladder so it'll stay cold.
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Before my next trip I'm getting a Steripen. I stand in water all day and most of it is darn clear and clean. You have to watch for contaminants so that's where the Steripen comes in to handle that. Empty bottle that's nice and light and water that doesn't get hot from the sun. I've read about them but have never used one. I'm tired of carrying water and especially worrying about running out on hot days. Ill keep carrying my thermos though. Have to have fresh roasted and ground coffee. It's a simple pleasure in life I would not give up no matter the weight. Cup of coffee stream side - absolutely!

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I use an older Orvis chest pack/backpack. I use a Camelback Hawg bladder in it. Fill it with ice cubes, then water, and it's cold all day. And no heavy bottles to pull your pants down. And you can pack your lunch next to the bladder so it'll stay cold.
One of the 'Good Things' about fishing the upper Rogue you're never really that far from your car/truck. So I'll carry one, and leave the other in the transportation. But like Nick above I'll half fill the bottle with water and toss same in the freezer. Next morning its solid as a rock and fill the rest of the thing up with water.

Takes hours, even in real heat, for that thing to 'melt.' But as far as on stream recommendations I'm a mental blank as to the one that I have. Save for one thing: I got it years ago at REI. But when it comes to this sort of stuff, they do not mess around. But they are 'bulky' just by their nature, about the size of a 1 ltr bottle.

Edit: You'll drink off the ice water before the ice actually melts. Just add more water and you're back in business.
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I have used a Steripen, UV purification system for 5 years to purify river water. No ill effects. I am a retired physician and have confidence in this method. It even kills viruses that can go thought traditional water filters.

A physician friend bought one for his daughter who used it in Peru for water purification. 6 months in Peru without any water borne illness. I take mine to Mexico to sterilize my drinking water. In all the years since I bought the very first version of the Steripen, I have never gotten sick from drinking water out of the streams I fish.

I carry an empty Nalgene water bottle and my Steripen. If the water has organic material like leaves, you can filter it through a used clean pair of nylon stockings.


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I take water additives for flavoring and electrolytes. Many companies make them. So you not only get water but a version of Gatoraid.

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I have since upgraded to the Steripen Adventurer Opti and Gary is using my earlier version.

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Silvercreek, didn't you get an opti? If so, you like it better?

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Im going to get one, just havent decided yet. I know the opti uses the 123 batteries which would cost more than the aa model. Fishing last week reminded me how I need this. Carrying water in 90 weather is heavy plus you drink it up quickly. I had to stay in range of the vehicle to get more water.
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I have an Adventurer Opti now. The advantage is that is more compact than the original that used multiple AA batteries. The Opti uses a single CR123 Lithium. Since I always carry a spare battery the entire kit weights less. I do like it better than the original.

To preserve the batteries, remove the CR123 at the end of the fishing season.

The photo was of my original Steripen. I gave that one to Gary.
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