Aquamira Frontier Maximum Filtration System
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Pros Highly versatile, lightweight, in-line use, on-the-go useEasy to use, fast flow rate, collapsible, lightweightLightweight, great price, durable design, fast flow, high volume filtration, use for cold weatherLightweight, adaptable, easy to use, lifetime guaranteeLightweight, inexpensive, kills all pathogens (including crypto), reliable
Cons Slow flow rate, easy to lose small piecesLacks durability and reliabilityDoesn't filter out viruses, no additional storage reservoirNot great for group use, better if you replace the bagsTakes a long time to kill crypto, slight taste to the water, chemical treatment
Bottom Line This purifier stands out for its versatile utility, filtering out viruses and reaching all water sourcesA soft bottle filtration system designed for lightweight travelThe best value gravity filter on the marketThis lifetime guaranteed product is easy to use on the trailThe best chemical treatment option that will kill all pathogens when given enough time
Rating Categories Aquamira Frontier Max Katadyn BeFree Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L Sawyer Squeeze Water Treatment Drops
Water Quality (20%)
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Durability & Maintenance (20%)
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Treatment Time (15%)
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Ease Of Filtration (15%)
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Specs Aquamira Frontier... Katadyn BeFree Katadyn Gravity... Sawyer Squeeze Water Treatment...
Type of Filter/Purifier Squeeze, in-line, on-the-go Squeeze & on-the-go Gravity filter Squeeze, in-line, on-the-go Chemical treatment
Time to Treat One Liter (Timed Test) 150 seconds immediate 64 seconds 40 seconds Clear Water - 20 min
Turbid Water - 35 min
Measured Weight (entire kit -- oz) 3.2 oz 2.1 oz 11.7 oz 5.7 oz 3.0 oz
Total cost per 100 L ($) $11.01 $4.00 $6.00 $0.01 $13.16
Replacement cartridge cost per 100 L ($) $11.01 $2.50 $2.67 $0.01 $13.16
# of Liters (L)/gallons (gal) per lifetime 454 L/120 gal 1000 L/264 gal 1,500 L/396 gal 378,541 L/100,000 gal 114 L/30 gal per package
Filter Media or Active Ingredient Unknown Hollow Fiber Pleated glassfiber Hollow Fiber Chlorine Dioxide
Removes Bacteria? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removes Protozoa? (Cryptosporidium, Giardia) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removes Viruses'? Yes No No No Yes
Removes Chemicals? Yes No No No No
Removes Heavy Metals? Yes No No No No
Removes Particulates (sediment, microplastics)? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Filter Pore Size Unknown 0.1 micron 0.2 microns 0.1 micron N/A
Advertised Flow Rate 0.5 L/min 2.11 L per min 2 L/min 1.7L/min N/A
Dimensions 7.5 x 1.8 x 9.5 in 9.05 in x 2.73 in 10 x 6 x 2.4 in 11 x 6 N/A
Storage Capacity (L) 0 0.6 L 6 L 0 0
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