Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: Hydration On The Go!

Hydration is extremely important; however often overlooked by fly fishers with the exception of the substituted alcoholic beverage that always finds its way into the smallest pockets of gear bags everywhere. Surrounded by the large amount of water during a trip, it is hard to think that hydration would be a concern for fly fishers.

The human body needs approximately a half a gallon of water a day, equivalent to eight 8oz glasses of water. The water intake is critical for all body functions from brain function down to cell repair. Spending a day on the river, hiking into that secluded place or stalking your favorite species on the lake requires us to remain hydrated. Hydration increases our energy level, brain function, increases recovery time during extended stay trips and decreased the effects of being in the sun for long periods of time.

My problem has always been the weight of water, approximately 8lbs per gallon, and carrying the amount of water I actually needed.  Finding the balance between the amount of water I needed and the weight of the water, ultimately, came down to weight and I found myself not taking enough water if I took any at all.

Solution:  
Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier System – ultralight series.

According to Katadyn, MyBottle purifier is the only EPA registered bottle purification system available. Simply fill the bottle with water, insert the purification system and drink from virtually any water source. It removes all viruses, bacteria, cysts from water plus the integral carbon cartridge reduces chemicals and makes water taste better. Purifier achieves highest safety level removes all microorganisms including Giardia, bacteria and viruses. Removes particles and dirt from water. No batteries are needed. It performs anywhere, anytime. It makes water available immediately and without pumping. Each MyBottle includes a drinking straw to use as your everyday bottle if the source water is already safe to drink.

·       Bottle capacity: 24 oz after cartridge displacement
      Filter capacity: Up to 26 gallons (100 liters), depending on water quality
      Weight: 8 oz
      Height: 10”
      Warranty: 2 years

The Katadyn Water Filtration System ensures that the water is always cold, always there and you don’t have to worry about the weight. Dip it into the river and enjoy. Over the three years I have field tested the system, I have found all of the information to be accurate and the system provides amazing flexibility in the field. Additionally, 

Functionality:
  • Durable
  • Light weight
  • Self contained
  • Easy to use
  • Filters and purifies
  • Well worth the $60.00 investment

Suggestions:
  • Before your first use, prepare the filter by following the instructions at home before you are in the field.
  • Holder: Depending upon the temperatures that you find yourself spending most of your time you may want to purchase a neoprene bottle holder with a belt loop that you can attach to your wading belt. A option that works just as well are two climbing carabineers. Attach one to your wading belt and the other to the loop on the Katadyn bottle. The two carabineers disconnect and reattach very easy.
  • Periodically wash out the bottle and BOTTLE ONLY, with a mild baking soda and water solution to keep the taste fresh.
  • Filter Storage: When you are not using the filter, slip it into a clean sock! It is breathable, lightweight, yet protects the filter for getting damaged.
  • To filter or not: The Katadyn Water Filter System comes with a straw that allows you to drink water out of it as you would with any other water bottle…as long as you know it is clean water. The other option is to attach the filter and use the water you are standing in. 
The water is always cold, always there and you don’t have to worry about the weight.

Definitely worth the purchase.

Happy Nymphing!