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2/22/2017 9:00 AM

Up front: I have not used this product, but im excited by its potential.

Water filters have always kind of been a "meh" to me. I have some and use them when necessary but to be honest the cleaning of parts and ensuring the input and output hoses dont touch always seemed like a necessary PITA. Even with the sawyer mini and backflushing. I have thrown away a couple of them because I didnt feel like I cleaned them correctly after use.

Anyway so enter the MSR trailshot, new this year. This is almost a combination of a straw type filter and a sawyer mini. It allows you do drink straight from the filter or use it to fill bottle.

The best part IMO is that it take no special tools to clean! Less crap to lose.

A few of the details.

  • Tested: Meets U.S. EPA drinking water standards* and NSF protocol P231 for removal of bacteria (99.9999%), protozoa (99.9%), and particulates.
  • Pocket-Sized & Light: 142 g (5 oz.)
  • Instant Hydration: Drink directly from the source—without lying in the dirt—and refill your bottles or hydration reservoir with clean water.
  • Quick-Deploy: Zero set-up and simple one-handed operation fills 1-liter bottles in 60 seconds.
  • Simple to Clean: A few shakes helps restore flow rates in the field; no tools required.

 I had to look up the NSF protocol P231. Here is what I found http://standards.nsf.org/apps/group_public/download.php/28835/Comparison NSF P231 v 244-3.pdf

Overall im actually kind of excited to see how this progresses and what the feedback is after it really gets fielded.



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2/23/2017 6:20 PM

I'm always a little dubious of the cleanable filters that advertise super easy cleaning, the BeFree filter advertised a similar delicate rinsing protocol which sounds like it didn't work so well in real life. While annoying, at least the sawyer backflushing ensures real force is used and can be accomplished without the plunger if need be.

I do applaud MSR for trying a totally different form factor and will be watching reviews closely, but I really doubt I would ever buy one.

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2/24/2017 6:18 PM
Because of the way things are going in this world and also because of my travels overseas, the only water devices I run with now are classified as purifiers...ones that also remove or kill waterborne viruses.

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4/14/2018 6:31 PM
Any updates on the Trailshot? I'm in need of a small water filter for day trips and it seems to be a perfect fit.
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4/16/2018 12:05 AM

Works well, no issues to report from me. Plenty of youtube reviews. Treat it like the other hollow tube filters and don't let it freeze. I own a sawyer squeeze, mini, katadyn Befree and the trailshot. I like the trailshot for getting at hard to reach water.  The Befree and trailshot get the most use. both being great on the go. As ken brought up if you live somewhere dodgy a more aggressive system is needed.

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