Backpacking - Hiking

PURTREK Trek Pole + Water Filtration

If you are like me you are all about dual purpose products. If I can have one thing that does two things I feel like a real winner. You see, when two pieces of gear love each other… Anyway, this love child of trekking poles and water filtration is a sure hit!

Just the Facts:

PÜRTREK POLE SPECS

Weight: 19 oz. 

Full length: 53 inches | 135cm / 36 Inches |  91cm

Travel Size: 26 Inches |  66cm (remove handle & lower pole)

Material: 7075 Aircraft Grade Aluminum

Filtration: 2 Stage Filtration Micro Filtration System

Filter: Hollow Fiber – 2 LPM | 2000 L | 2 x more water

Handle: Comfortable EVA Foam Handle

Standard: Matching Pole (no filtration elements)

FILTRATION SPECS

The PÜRTREK 2-Stage Hollow Fiber Micro Filtration removes 99.9999% of bacteria including E.coli, and Salmonella, 99.999% of parasites including Giardia, and Cryptosporidium & Protozoan, and 99.99% of microplastics, PÜRTREK’s First Stage Foam Media Filter: for sand, dirt, and other organic particles that can cloud water.  FILTER FLOW RATE & LIFE – delivers almost 2x more water per pump than its competitors; PurTrek efficiently filters up to 2,000 liters per filter with proper care

My Story:

As I said above, I love dual purpose gear. So I jumped at the chance to check out these unique trekking poles by PURTREK. I loved the idea of freeing up some pack space and trying out another innovative product. So, once the sample was in my hands I got right to business. First thing was to unwrap the poles and try out the pump with some clean water.

First thing is that you need to turn the valve at the bottom of the pole so it can allow water to enter the filling area. This is an important step and will cause you some frustration if forgotten.

You will then want to unscrew the handle and allow the pump to move freely up and down.

I planned a backpacking trip into the Eagle Cap Wilderness and put my full trust into the PURTREK filtration poles. Water was not going to be hard to find but it would need to be filtered. So, my first day and 10 miles was spent wandering up a drainage until I arrived at an alpine lake.

At the lake I took time to really drink it all in, my remaining water that is. And the necessary step of filtering water became my first priority. I found a good spot in the runoff from the lake and prepared myself for some work. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this pump worked and how little effort was needed to keep a steady flow of clean water running into my vessel.

I continued my hike the next day and found a great stream with cool water just begging to be filtered. So, I stopped for a picture and a refill.

My trip was a great success and subsequent trips were also very pleasant. I really love this filter and see myself using it for years to come. There are a few points to consider when looking to buy this product. The first and most obvious is that this is not a UL system. With a weight of 19oz. you are certainly going to know you have it along. The flow rate of the pump is 2 L per minute, and I think you will find that to be sufficient. I am used to gravity systems so having to pump took a little getting used to at first. Lastly, the filter will clean up to 99.99% of bacteria and parasites so it is on par with comparable filters.

Overall this is a unique and innovative product that I believe is a solid investment.   

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