Survival Gear Review: Aquamira Frontier Pro

How long have you been looking for a portable water filtration system, but have not been able to justify the expense and weight of a full size filter for your Go-Bag?   We found a solution, the Aquamira Frontier Pro Water Filter.

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By Josh (The Survival Kid), a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com

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Specs

Compact Size: Fits in the palm of your hand or in a small pocket (1 ¼” OD x 5 ½”)Frontier Pro using Gravity
Light Weight: Weighs less than one half of a typical pump system (dry weight = 2oz.)
Two Stage Filtration: Replaceable pre-filter removes larger particles. Aquamira porous plastic micro-filter removes 99.9% of Cryptosporidium, Giardia.
Capacity: 50 gal. (200 L)
Pump Free Design: Eliminates hoses, reduces size, weight, and cross contamination potential from hose mix-ups.
Miraguard Antimicrobial Technology: Suppresses the growth of bacteria, algae, fungus, mold and mildew within the filter media.
Country of Origin: Made in the USA

Cons

Let me get this over with right off the bat.  This is not a big unit.  It does not have a long life, only 50 gallons, and it Frontir Pro Water Filter with Water Bottledoes not have a replaceable filter element.  You buy it, use it, and once you have filtered fifty gallons, you throw it away.  The guys at Aquamira say it is tested out to 100 gallons but they like to over deliver and under promise, they stand by 50 gallons of the worst quality water.  In a pinch, you can probably count on the Frontier Pro out to 100 gallons.

Pros

With the above listed cons out of the way, here are the pros.  The unit only costs 20 bucks, buy two (two is one, one is none).  It is small, it does not take up much room.  It can easily fit in your front pocket, cargo pocket, glove box, Go-Bag, mountain bike seat bag, etc.  There is also an adapter available from Aquamira to hook up the Frontier Pro to your home water heater (see below).  When you get thirsty, instead of having to stop and pump water from a puddle, you can just grab your bottle and take a sip.  It filters as you drink.  It filters 99.9% of Giardia and Crypto.  Aquamira is a United States based company that makes all of their products in the USA.

The Low-Down

When you open up the package several items come tumbling out. You get the filtration unit, 2 adaptors which I will Water Purification Review Aquamiraexplain in a moment, 2 extra pre-filters, a piece of tubing, and an instructions sheet. There are three ways to use this very versatile filter.
The first uses the included water bottle adapter. The adapter will let you use your filter with any old water bottle, but those of us with class will realize that you can attach your filter directly to your nice, new Platypus bottle.  Talk about nice, right?
The second uses your other adapter.  With this adapter you can hook your filter right up to your hydration system, it is compatible with offerings from Camelbak, Platypus Big Zip, Source, and Nalgene.  Now when you are posing for your forum picture, you can do so in style with a Frontier Pro filter hanging from your backpack strap.

The last way to use your filter is with the include piece of tubing.  You can set up a gravity filtration system by pulling of the bite valve and inserting the tubing.  Then you just hook your filter up to your reservoir or bottle and let it go to work.

Also, For another $6 you can purchase an adapter to fit your hot water heater at home.  If your tap water becomes Using the Frontier Pro with you Home Water Heatercontaminated or if there is a SHTF situation and your water gets shut off, you can hook your Frontier Pro Water Filter along with the Frontier Pro Water Heater Adapter to your hot water heater and have a large supply of fresh, clean tasting water for drinking & cooking.

Where to Buy the Frontier Pro
$19.95 from Forge Survival Supply
$19.95 From Amazon

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Josh
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16 thoughts on “Survival Gear Review: Aquamira Frontier Pro”

  1. This product is wonderful in theory, but I'm curious as to whether you have used this yet or are merely doing a once-over gear review. My experience with this product is as follows: It should not be used as a sole-source water treatment due to it's inconsistent filtering. Leaking filters at the threads are a very common problem. Viruses are not treated with this, so either boil or bring bleach in a dropper. It' a good filter, but not great by any means, the only real pro I see is the size and weight, but after a week in bed/hospital with giardia after drinking through this filter from a clear and flowing source, I'll stick with my MSR miniworks and bleach combo.

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    • I did use it in the course of my review. The source of the water used for my testing was a recent rain storm so the water quality was pretty good already. I experienced no problems with leaking. The manufacturer claims that it is effective against giardia, so if you really did get sick after drinking from it then there is a concern there. I am sorry to hear of your misfortune, and I appreciate the feedback. I will continue to use the filter, and will update this post if I experience any problems with it.

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      • I've got 4 of these filters and used the first one I got before getting anymore including drinking water from a muddy puddle (I ran it through a coffee filter as it was going into a Platypus bottle to make the Frontier Pro last longer) with no ill effects. I didn't experience any leaks either. This filter, like any other is just that a filter not a purifier. I haven't seen any inconsistent filtering with mine. I'm sorry you got sick Sam, but don't really believe it was due to the filter. It's possible you could have picked it up from another source before you even used this product. If you could prove that you got giardia while using this product I believe that Aquamira would rather settle out of court with you. Proving it, I believe would be a hard thing to do though, i.e. how often had you used it, was it new when you got it, etc?

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    • If you are in the US viruses are not a real issue. Are you saying you used this filter and got giardia? The chances of that seem slim as the filter says it removes 99.9%. Unless the water is extremely contaminated this filter should be enough.

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  2. You guys would be great to review the Katadyn 06 desalintaor. It could be really be helpful for us guys in on the coast and especially on islands like the FL Keys

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  3. With the apparent limitations of this filter I believe that the Katadyn bottle filters would be a be a better choice. Who doesn't have room for a water bottle in their BOB???

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  4. I love this filter. As was mentioned, "filtration" is just one subsection of "purification", so definitely have to be aware of what a filter is designed to do, but I love mine. To me, the biggest advantage the frontier pro has over several others is it's versatility. I did a review of mine a while back, but I love how it can screw into bottles, hose bibs, a water heater, a camelbak, or even be used to drink through the straw straight from a puddle…

    The guys at Aquamira are super down to earth too. I always appreciate that.

    Thanks guys!

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    • The LifeStraw has almost the same stats as this filter with 2 exceptions. The first is LifeStraw filters 1000 Liters which is good. The second is it has a shelf life of less than 5 years. They state,
      "The LifeStraw will filter 1000 liters of water, which is 264 gallons. It will last for 3 years when stored at room temperature. " A three year shelf life from date of manufacture is pretty short.

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  5. I've been using the gravity feed Sawyer for years. When I was researching water filters I couldn't find a replacement filter for this system; they just don't sell them. Then I found out why… 1 Million gallon guaranty. Do the math it's about 100 gallons per day for about 27 years. I'll have pills and a Steripen for my backup, but I love the quick connects between my Platypus bladder and Sawyer gravity system and the set-it-and-forget-it type of filtering. Good luck and Christ be with you all.
    http://www.rei.com/search?page_size=109&searc

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  6. Sawyer PointONE is only $50 from amazon and you never need to replace the filter. It can filter 500 gal per day. I bought the Sawyer PointTWO for $120, it is a .02 Micron absolute hollow fiber membrane purifier and it will remove 99.997% of viruses, 99.99999% of bacteria, and 99.9999% of Protozoa/Cysts. Both of these will fit in your hand.

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  7. Why not 50 gallons of water quick is better than jumping through your azz getting ready to process your water.
    injuries are possible if your hurt or sick your not going to be able to do much 50 gallons is long enough to survive
    until your heal up, feeling better or your rescued.

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