"Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine."
– Slovakian Proverb
Every now and again, I'm thrilled to come across a product that somehow manages to do everything right simply because, well, it keeps things simple.
That said, I'm happy to introduce the MUV Nomad filter. In the deeply saturated market of water filtration, this one stands out as a scintillating example of what a water filtration system should look like: nothing special and nothing extraordinary.
Don't get me wrong - the aesthetics injected into the construction of the MUV Nomad are excellent - it's sleek design alone probably makes the water taste that much better. But it's the fact that the Nomad's not like every other bulky or tangled system of water filtration. There's no hose, no pumps, no reservoir, no bladder, no assembly (well, no repeated assembly) required with respect to the Nomad.
The ease at which it collects water is an absolute relief. The slim design means it's easy to pack and easier to carry. The leak-proof cap, the tight-closing and easy-opening spout, the simple filter are all leaving me with a need to try and squeeze out some kind of con to a product filled with pros. This product is simply perfect - though it's worth mentioning that it's only perfect because of it's intended application.
With the MUV Nomad, it's crucial to temper expectations. This isn't a product that's branded as a survival filter (though, Renovo Water produces these as well and the MUV3 filter that comes with the Nomad is more than up to the challenge); no, this filter has adopted a more versatile and real-world application.
As per Renovo's own description:
"Whether you are traveling through a third-world country or visiting a beach in the Caribbean, the Nomad will make sure your drinking water is safe. Simply fill the MUV water bottle from the tap in your hotel room or public drinking water source, insert the filter which is connected to the screw top with a tube, and begin to drink through the mouth piece."
It's a breath of fresh air to see a water filter being marketed in a such a uniquely pragmatic way, because more of us spend time travelling and encountering questionable water sources on the go in developing countries than we do drinking out of stagnant water sources in the wilderness.
That’s where my experience with the Nomad filter comes in, because I chose to bring this along with me on several outdoor excursions and had been blown away by it’s ability to out-do products that it doesn’t even intend to compete against.
While the folks at Renovo Water do a great job in branding the MUV Nomad towards a particular consumer market of travelers, they’ve also happened to create a product that impresses outside of this intended niche.
For someone who enjoys quick and mobile dips in the wilderness, trail running past horizons without a need to camp or squeeze water out of mud, the MUV Nomad is, for lack of a better word, perfect.
I had used this water filter in various settings. Small lakes, ponds, stream beds, and rivers. After each use, I had been pleased to have not encountered any stomach trouble whatsoever. I had also been pleased with the swift manner by which I could collect water and the rapid flow rate of the filter itself.
So what is it that makes the MUV Nomad really stand out? It’s the convenience that it brings to a not-so-convenient experience.
In many parts of the wilderness, mosquitoes and other insects tend to be tenfold worse as soon as you come across any kind of water source. And as these insects defend (or try to feed) their breeding ground, the last thing you'd want to do is spend ample time unpacking your water collection system, screwing it together, assembling all the components, fumbling with hoses, trying to collect water, packing it back up in hopes that you don't lose or misplace a cap or a hose or a pump or a straw as you both swat at mosquitoes and try to distance yourself as fast as possible from wherever you just sourced water.
There's something noteworthy to be said about the ease of use that a product can afford to anyone who finds themselves in such situations. To be running a trail and have to stop and take five or ten minutes to simply collect some water; to curb the momentum of a trail run or hamper the swiftness of an outdoor trek - these are all factors that come into play.
It felt like I had been stealing unearned water as I ran by a stream bed. It was all too easy to fill up at a lake and go - it was liberating, really.
And, for those who are looking for more heavy-duty wilderness applications, the MUV line features numerous water filtration systems and a variety of filters that can be tailored to any kind of excursion; it's Backcountry Pump Filter, Tote Gravity Water Filter and Survivalist Water Filter all offer an array of different options for any kind of expedition while the MUV1, MUV2 and MUV3 options allow for a wide range of applicability.
Photo courtesy www.http://renovowater.com/about-muv/
The MUV3 Nanalum Filter Itself
It may be useful to introduce the filter itself by outlining the specs as featured on the Renovo Water website:
Filters chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria, and viruses
Filters 99.999% of bacteria (Giardia, eColi, Cryptosporidium)
Filters 99.99% of viruses
Blocks sediment and large particulate
Improves water taste and clarifies water
Nanalum electrostatic filter technology
Filter capacity: 90 gallons