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If you are talking to group of backpackers, there are three subjects that will bring wide ranging opinions, politics, religion, and water purifiers and filters. Some swear by using a water filter and despise purifiers. Others are dedicated to using a water purifier and think that water filtration is an old school technology.
MSR has converted many of the water filtration enthusiasts. The MSR Miox Purifier is the product of the R&D whiz kids at MSR and the U.S. military. The product of their combined effort resulted in a water purification magic wand – alakazam your water is fit for drinking.
The Miox Purifier works by creating a potent mix of antioxidants that is added to untreated water rendering bacteria, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium useless. This is accomplished by a tiny bit of rock salt, water, and a few clicks of a button. The purifier does the heavy lifting.
The resulting concoction is added to untreated water and the purification starts. Here is where the only drawback is – the waiting. Untreated water is free of viruses, bacteria, and Giardia in 30 minutes. To be clear of Cryptosporidium, that takes 4 hours. Planning ahead is critical in using the MSR Miox Purifier. Purify the water you need for the next day before hitting the sack at night. If you are crossing a stream, take some time and purify a few liters of water even if it may not be needed for some time.
The Miox Purifer is about the size of a small flashlight – 7 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 3.5 ounces. It takes up much less space than a water filtration system. The salt chamber and purifier cell clean easily. The Miox Purifier requires one CR123 battery to operate. It does not require special rock salt, so it can be replaced at a low cost.
The lightweight and compact MSR Miox Purifer is a water purifying magic wand. It is effective in purifying untreated water on your backpacking trips. It has an MSRP of $139.95 and has MSR's limited lifetime warranty.
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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