Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant. You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I’ve tested it in a wide variety of environments, including jungle rivers in Central America with no ill effects:
But then, suddenly Polar Pure was taken off the market in 2011 by the DEA because of illegal drug manufacturers allegedly using the pure iodine crystals that come in the bottle for making crystal meth. This put a small family business on indefinite hold and took a great product for the bug out bag off the market.
I still had some older bottles on hand when the ban went into effect, and since Polar Pure has a long shelf life I wasn’t too worried, but I could no longer recommend it for others since finding it was a challenge. But just today I was sorting my gear for an upcoming motorcycle trip out West, where I expect to be camping in the backcountry as I explore remote forest service and BLM roads off pavement. Looking at my old bottles of Polar Pure, I decided go online to check on the latest status and was delighted to find that it is back on the market and for sale at Amazon for the same price as before the ban. I’ll order a couple of fresh bottles immediately, as this is one of the best water purification options I know of when you have to travel light. Even if you own and prefer filtration systems, it doesn’t hurt to have a bottle of Polar Pure in the bug out bag. It’s lightweight, can last for years, and only costs $ 15.