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Old 01-02-2019, 8:28 PM
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Default MSR MiniWorks - update or just buy new

I have an MSR MiniWorks I purchased back in 2000 and used on two hikes*. Great filter.

(*The second hike was from September 13-17 2001 - it was really kind of eerie - we seriously wondered what the heck was transpiring in the world while we were in the backcountry.)

It has been sitting on a shelf for the past seventeen years or so, and I pulled it out to stick into my GHB.

It looks to be in great shape - the inlet tube looks pretty funky - as plastic tubes deteriorate over time but otherwise looks mint. That said - I don't trust 17-year-old seals and valves.

I see the MSR Maintenance Kit lists for $30 and sells for $20-25 most places and the inlet tube also lists for $30 and sells for $17-25. On Amazon I can get both for a bit under $38.00 - but I noticed however that the umbrella valve is not included in the maintenance kit, and that is probably the most likely portion to fail. What the what? I can't even find the valve by itself for sale.

Being cheap I am thinking I am going to buy some generic hose at a hardware store (or online) - lubricate all the o-rings and what not and play with it at home... It will probably work fine - but I would hate to have it work great at home and then not work correctly 6 months from now in the field.
I can purchase a new one for $67 on Amazon...

Any suggestions for purchasing a new complete system? Should I go for a new MSA MiniWorks, or go with another brand or model? Reading the pros and cons for the various filters out there I am leaning toward purchasing another MSA Miniworks, and perhaps sell my old one on Ebay for $20-30 bucks or something...
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:19 PM
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Call MSR, they'll probably send you one for free if they still make it.
That said, modern membrane filters perform just as well and are much lighter and more compact. I have one I have never used an probably never will due to the weight of the ceramic filter
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Old 02-18-2019, 3:21 PM
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MiniWorks is a good filter. You may want to check out the Sawyer line of filters. They are hard to beat.
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