RE: [BackpackGearTest] brief multiple gear reviews
- Jason,Great mini reviews.....wanted to tell you about the SWA filter "O" Ring. A couple of years ago I cleaned mine on the trail andpromptly lost the very thin "O" ring. It slips off very easily. My granddaughter managed to tighten the filter up without the ringso we were okay. Once home my husband just went out and bought a thicker "O" ring in the correct size. It worked very well.I now pack a extraring just in case, but I have not lost any since that time. My SWA filter is now on its 4th year, I do not know how many gallons it has filtered but on my last trip it just stopped filtering, so guess I have had my moneys worth and will get a new one.Cheers,Marge (the old gal)-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Rumohr [mailto:jrumohr@...]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 1:02 AM
Subject: [BackpackGearTest] brief multiple gear reviewsI just got back from a 7 day canoe/kayak trip in the Lake Bowron Provincal Park in British Columbia. I tried some new pieces of gear out and here are my quick and dirties...fuller user reviews to come in the future:Items reviewed: golight gust pack, golight dome, swa inline filter, frogg toggs suit, plastic tarp setupJason Rumohr28, 5'10", 145 lbs.
- I have the SWA Inline Filter and when I first started using it, I
encountered the same leak problem around the threads. I contacted the
company and they sent me replacement O-rings - tighter fitting with a
slightly larger thickness. I've had no problems since replacing the
O-rings. It seems the first lots of inline filters had an anemic
O-ring; the filters now being sold in store have the appropriate
o-ring in place.
> SWA inline filter:the filter, from there about 1 foot of tubing to a 1.8 liter platypus.
> From a 4-liter platypus bag went about 3 feet of silicone tubing to
At the beginning of the trip, it filled the 1.8 bag in about 2.5
minutes. As the trip went on, the water source (lakes) got more silty.
I should have let the water settle before I dumped it into the
4-liter, but I didn't. The filter got slower, so I took it apart,
cleaned the prefilter and scrubbed the carbon filter with a
toothbrush. In this process (i did it twice), I lost the large O-ring
that goes between the two housing pieces. After that, it leaked in the
threads pretty bad it was really slow, about 20 minutes to fill about
2/3rds of the 1.8 platy. If I can get a new o-ring and get it working
decently again, this is a great idea. I hope the silty water didn't do
the filter in already.