Announcement posted by Go Walkabout 23 Oct 2014
The outdoors lifestyle is pretty demanding on gear. The freezing cold nights, hot days, packing, unpacking and carrying gear around all cause a lot of wear and tear. The Australian Walkabout Ti filters have been developed and designed with this in mind and, with a successful Kickstarter campaign, they will be introduced as the world’s first Titanium personal water filter.
According to Go Walkabout Engineering Manager Matt Munoz, "We have made and tested filters using a number of different metals. We know that weight, size and ruggedness are always considerations when looking at outdoor gear, so decided to use Titanium for the Walkabout line of personal water filters. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It is also the most hypoallergenic material known and doesn’t add any flavor to the water you drink.”
A Titanium filtration membrane forms the core of Walkabout Ti filters. Sealed inside a tough Titanium casing, this membrane can be safely frozen or boiled. The filtration process involves pre-filtration and filtration stages to hold back harmful bacteria and particles. On the larger filter an activated carbon filtration stage removes chlorine, heavy metals and odors. The flexible and lightweight filtration system can be used in a variety of ways such as a squeeze filter, gravity filter, pumped filter, filter straw, or as an inline filter.
Since the filters are Titanium inside and out, the only real weak point is the O-ring seal. With this in mind, Go Walkabout has designed in an integrity indicator. This means that if a seal starts leaking, water drips out of the filter instead of through to the clean side.
While Go Walkabout’s current equipment has successfully produced prototypes, the manufacturing process in uneconomical, making Walkabout Ti filters too expensive to be a good value in the outdoor gear market. Go Walkabout has determined that minimal additional tooling and equipment will result in the production of readily affordable filters Adequate funding through their Kickstarter campaign will allow Go Walkabout to purchase the needed material and tools.
The funding target for this campaign is $48,000, and it will close on November 18th, 2014. The filters are being offered in their campaign below the expected retail price.
To find out more about the campaign, please visit the campaign
The official website of Go Walkabout is http://www.wegowalkabout.com/