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From some of the reviews I've read, the more worrisome failure mode of the BeFree is the bag splitting open. Maybe that was just the first versions and that problem has been fixed? I would go with a second bag as backup along with chlorine dioxide tablets. Toss in a couple of coffee filters to pre-strain silty or funky water.
Found this on REI’s web page:https://www.rei.com/product/116364/katadyn-befree-collapsible-water-filter-bottle-338-fl-ozmkgil · 2 days agoSome customers have reported that the collapsible silicone seam that connects to the hard plastic has failed. This has been mentioned elsewhere on the Web. Has Hydrapak/Katadyn fixed this yet?KatadynCS · a day agoHydrapak has fixed this limited problem and now conducts a 100% quality test of all products to ensure the Katadyn BeFree Hydrapak flask is properly welded. Overall, less than 0.5% of products ever had a problem, however both Hydrapak and Katadyn take all problems seriously and worked very diligently to address this issue. All Katadyn BeFree filters come with a 2 year NO LEAK GUARANTEE. If any leakage occurs customers can receive a FREE replacement flask by contacting either Hydrapak or Katadyn directly.
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