Dex wrote: The only thing that turns me off about that method is that your bladder is now polluted and you have to be fastidious about cleaning it when you get home.
I rinse all my water containers out when I get home, and try to thoroughly dry them. There would be nothing "polluted" about a container that held "raw" water, a simple but thorough rinsing will remove enough of anything bad to not be an issue.
I can't wait to try out one of these sawyer squeeze thingies (on order); always looking for the "best" water treatment option, meaning to create safe, filtered (meaning better tasting) water, quickly, easily and with minimum weight. I plan to thoroughly test these things out on some long hikes (two 10-day trips planned this summer). My plan is to carry two of the ultralight squeeze bags, meaning one for backup (it comes with three) and filter into my platypuses (platypi?) and see how that system works. A minor puncture in one of the squeeze bags should not affect it's performance I would think, especially with a piece of duct tape over the leaking area. A tear would be another matter. Even if both bags completely failed, one could do a platypus-->platypus thing.
Anyway, thanks again Randall for the initial suggestion!