Posted by: davepidgeon | December 11, 2008

Hyper about the HyperFlow

You’re thirsty. Dehydration is making your throat feel as parched as the Sonoran Desert, causing your flank to painfully twist, your head to ache and your overall energy level to tapped. Who wants to wait long for water in a situation like this? And this weekend in Shenandoah, I think I saw the cure in the form of Mountain Safety Research’s HyperFlow.

My hiking buddy, Jason, brought this little ergonomically designed water filter along for our two-day winter jaunt. While some filters like my Katadyn Hiker are bulky in form, the HyperFlow comes in 7 inch by 3.5 inch, 7.4 ounce package. But while such featherweight features for the hand-held pump, hose and in-water pre-filter, here’s what impressed Jason and I: less than 30 seconds to fill a 32 ounce Nalgene bottle. Yeah, seriously. That’s like the rate water flows from the Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico. Okay, not really, but close.

Here’s a video from MSR:

The Hyperflow costs $99.95 at REI, Moosejaw, Campmor and other outdoor retailers.

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