Pioneer® System


Weighing less than 2 ounces, with it's own carry bag, the Pioneer is an easy drinking pocket sized purifier no traveler or outdoorsman should ever be without. Ready for instant use and the perfect fit for your backpack, tackle box, glove box or emergency preparedness kit.


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Product Information

Installing Pioneer Purifier Element in Pioneer Straw

  1. Remove plastic wrapping from the Pioneer purifier element.
  2. Do not puncture, slice, or crush Pioneer purifier element!
  3. Squeeze the Pioneer housing opposite of the cut away area at open end of the housing.
  4. As a result, the housing will allow the purifier element to be installed. (The two tabs at the open end of the housing will move out/away allowing purifier element to be installed).
  5. Insert and push Pioneer replacement purifier element into housing making sure both o-rings are fully seated in housing hose barb end.
  6. RapidPure Pioneer purifier is now ready for use!

Removing Pioneer Purifier from Pioneer Housing

  1. To remove the Purifier element from the Pioneer housing squeeze the Pioneer housing opposite of the cut away area at open end of the housing. By squeezing the Pioneer housing in this location the housing is made a bit oblong allowing the Purifier element to be removed as the two tabs at the open end of the housing will move out/away allowing Purifier element to be removed.
  2. Grab the Pioneer Purifier element in the cut away area of Pioneer housing and pull the Purifier element out of the housing.

Instructions for Use

Competitive Product Comparisons

Technology Purification
99.9999% / 6-log
Effect Virus Reduction 99.9999%
Cyst/Protozoa Reduction 99.9975%
Bacteria Reduction 99.9999%
Output 1.2 liters per minute
Real World Life1 Up to 190 liters (50 gallons)
Ease of Use Simple and easy. No priming, pumping, batteries, chemicals or special maintenance.
Use w/ Water Bottle Yes
Weight 1.9 oz. (Includes Carrying Pouch)
Carbon Infused Yes. Providing great tasting water.
Silver Infused Yes. Kills trapped contaminants and prevents bacterial growth.
Third Party Tested2 Yes. Certified to exceed US EPA water purification standards.
Environ. Impact Excellent. Replace filter element only.
Freeze Resistant Yes. 3rd party certified as water purifier after initial freeze/thaw cycle and as water filter after multiple freeze/thaw cycles.
Replacement Cartridge Spare replacement purification cartridge included. Additional cartridges available at $19.99.

1) Tap water is standardly utilized to rate the capacity of water filters/purifiers and can provide a misleading indication of actual usable filter life in the field. Real world conditions vary greatly. Our testing has found that when using the same source of water supply, RapidPure will ow faster, capture more contaminants, and will often last as long or longer than the competition.

2) BCS Laboratories is RapidPure’s 3rd party independent test lab: FL DOH Lab ID: E82924, EPA ID: FL01147. File: RapidPure 2.5 Filters Microbial Removal Efficacy Study Report: BCS1401004.docx


A water purifier protects against protozoa, bacteria AND viruses. A water filter only protects against protozoa and bacteria. All RapidPure products are certified water purifiers and meet or exceed US EPA standards.

Filters cost less than purifiers and are effective, if limited, at what they do. Traditional purifiers, although providing better protection than a filter, cost considerably more than filters. They are also much slower and more complicated to use, are easily clogged, and difficult to maintain. RapidPure with its’ new technology UltraCeram changes everything. Now you can purify water faster than filtering it, and as easily, as there are no chemicals, batteries, priming, pumping, or special maintenance. RapidPure purifiers offer much better value than a filter. They provide safer protection than filters, are 2 – 8 times faster, are as easy or easier to use, are priced competitively with filter systems, and can last as long or longer than filters.

Waterborne viruses, while not prevalent in North American waterways, do occur in 3rd world countries, and can quickly develop anyplace a natural or man made disaster, such as earthquakes, flooding or infrastructural damage, occurs.

YES. RapidPure purifiers are 3rd party certified to US EPA Standards to maintain full efficacy as a water purifier after a initial freeze/thaw cycle and continue to protect against Protozoa, Bacteria, AND Viruses once thawed.

After multiple freeze/thaw cycles RapidPure products still meet US EPA Standards as a water filter and will protect against Protozoa and Bacteria but full Virus protection may be compromised and the purifier cartridge should be replaced after return from the field.

The simple answer is it depends on the source water. Tap water is used by many in the industry to evaluate purifier and filter life. A stream or river source with a high concentration of suspended particulate can significantly impact the longevity of filters and purifiers.

From real world experiences we found that, in the same water source conditions, RapidPure purifiers can last as long or longer than the competition while offering better pathogen reduction. Here’s an example:

“I have a friend who bought one of these bottles* prior to his trip to Southeast Asia. He told me that even after 6 months of the nastiest water ever seen his bottle still gives him a fresh and clean drink of water with every sip. I have been enjoying mine all winter and spring as well”
— T. A. Wolfley (Intrepid 750mL Water Bottle w/ 2.5″ Filter 750-WBIF-2.5)

All RapidPure products are independently laboratory certified as purifiers that meet or exceed the standards set for water purification by the US EPA. Unlike some competitive products we have elected to publish a conservative number of 50 gallons (190) liters for our Pioneer, Intrepid Water Bottle and Scout, and 1,255 gallons (4,750) liters for our Trail Blazer and Explorer Camp Gravity Systems. In water suspected to contain viruses we recommend you replace your RapidPure purifiers at their estimated half life i.e. 25 gallons for Pioneer, Scout and Intrepid Water Bottle, and 625 gallons for the Trail Blazer and Explorer Camp Gravity Systems for maximum efficacy in Virus reduction.

It is important to provide the best possible data for in field, real world use – not just what to expect under laboratory controlled conditions. As our database expands through ongoing user experience we will continue to update our projections to best reflect real world expectations.

Unlike ALL our competitors, RapidPure includes a FREE spare purification cartridge with every RapidPure purifier because in the real world not all water comes from a tap or meets laboratory conditions.

Weighing less than 1.0 oz. for the Pioneer, Intrepid Water Bottle and Scout spare cartridge and 2.5 oz. for the Trail Blazer and Explorer spare cartridge, why wouldn’t you carry a spare purification cartridge in the field? Conditions are always subject-to-change out in the field. One day your water source might be a pristine lake the next a muddy river or scum laden pond. The next it drops below freezing.

Or there’s an earthquake, or a flood, or a man made event, and access to potable water – once an easy ick of the wrist – is now not-so-easy. RapidPure helps you get back home – or helps you get out – by providing safe drinking water in ALL conditions, including the unexpected, wherever you are in the world.

RapidPure purifiers are not designed to work in salt water, chemically laden water, or in water temperature exceeding 100 ̊ F.


RapidPure purifiers, due to their UltraCeram technology, will process purified, not just filtered, water 2 – 8 times faster than traditional hollow fiber filters and are exponentially faster than competitive purifiers. Competitive filter products rely solely on physical restriction and are limited to a maximum pore opening of 0.2 microns to be effective against bacteria while physical purifiers are further limited to 0.02 microns openings to be effective against viruses.

RapidPure does not rely on physical opening size alone due to its’ innovative and patented design utilizing UltraCeram media for natural magnetic attraction. The RapidPure media pore size is 1.75 microns in size, versus 0.2 with filters or 0.02 microns with physical purifiers which translates to faster water flow and significantly easier drinking.


RapidPure’s innovative patented design, with UltraCeram technology, is ready for instant use and requires NO initial priming, special handling, spare parts, chemicals, batteries, special tools or special treatment for storage. Replacement cartridges are also easy to change – no tools required.

Yes. RapidPure’s UltraCeram technology processes water 2-8 times faster than traditional hollow fiber filters and is exponentially faster than competitive purifiers which have much greater restrictions in water flow.

No. RapidPure purifiers utilize Activated Carbon for automatically great tasting water.

No. RapidPure purifiers are infused with silver, a highly effective biocide, to kill any retained pathogens.

Very. Unlike many competitive products you don’t need to squeeze the bottle in order to drink.

When the RapidPure cartridge starts to reach its’ capacity water flow becomes more restricted and will eventually stop. Time to change the cartridge. RapidPure cartridges are designed as end-of-life systems and don’t need to be back flushed or require special tools to change.