Re: [backpackgeartest] Seychelle Test Results
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From: Critical Payne
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 7:34 AM
Subject: Re: [backpackgeartest] Seychelle Test Results
I just got my filter, and have a few first impressions. I'll start with
1) Documentation, or the lack thereof.
I assume...ah, hope...that the production units will have better documentation.
2) Relating back to #1, for a while I had no idea what the rubber piece
was for. I read the "directions" several times, and made myself feel like
a complete idiot because I couldn't figure out where the rubber piece was
supposed to go. It made no sense to me that it would go in the filter,
but I figured they wouldn't include the thing if it didn't serve a
purpose. It wasn't until I looked through their brochure and saw their
Tap2Pure system that I figured out that it's just a faucet hookup. One
that could be improved by making it a tighter fit to the filter, I might
After getting a face full of water a few times, I figured out that pressing up on the backflush tool and slowly increasing water pressure makes for a lot drier experience
3) When I screwed in the filter element, it appeared to not go in
straight, and was perched at an angle (despite being fully screwed in).
This made it somewhat difficult and consternating to screw the rest of the
casing on, although I did manage it with some care.
4) I am yet to hook the filter up to my hydration pack, for I am wary of a
couple of things. Will it leak? Will it force me to change how I carry
and use my hydration pack (I keep it in a special pouch at the top of my
Gregory Shasta, and run the tube down under my arm and up to a hook on my
shoulder strap)? Perhaps anyone who has already hooked theirs up can
assuage or confirm my fears.
I use mine as a gravity feed filter system. I don't put it in my hydration system.
5) After giving it a test run on the faucet, I blew the remaining water in
the system out with my mouth, and got a TERRIBLE taste in my mouth. The
taste wasn't as strong on the out side (either that or I was used to it),
but I am still concerned about whether the filter could affect the taste
of the water when used in the hydration pack as intended.
And now for the positives . . .
1) Water seems to flow through the filter very easily, which is always a
2) The filter withstood very high water flow from the faucet without
leaking or otherwise failing.
3) The filter is nice and small for what it does, and also relatively
4) No problems with the O-ring, even at high rates of flow from the
5) The element appeared to flush very quickly.
I will give it a more rigorous test this weekend on a small trip, but I
thought I'd send a few initial comments. SO far my main observation is
INSTRUCTIONS, INSTRUCTIONS, INSTRUCTIONS!!!! They don't cost that much,
and it would have helped me out a lot.
Remember, it's a preproduction unit.
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