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An easy, reliable, and durable filtration system that only costs you 11 ounces.
- Quickly converts suspect water to safe drinking water at rate of one liter per minute, or around 48 pump strokes
- Filters all sediment, particles, and microorganisms like giardia and cryptosporidia that are commonly found in 'fresh' backcountry water sources
- Filter protector keeps the pleated 0.3 micron glassfiber cartridge (129 square inches) from being damaged, and it's easy to clean in the field
- Active carbon core reduces bad taste and odor
- Cartridge can clean up to 1150 liters of water, depending on the condition of the water
- Quick Connect hose fittings allow quick setup and storage
- Hydration connector painlessly attaches to 1/4-inch hydration pack connections (Camelbak, Platypus, etc)
- Universal Bottle Adaptor screws onto most water bottles and included carry bag keeps the whole system clean and organized in your pack
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Is this filter qualified to filter out...
Is this filter qualified to filter out major heavy metals such as arsenic. I am spending my summer in Bangladesh and heavy metal poisoning is still a major problem. Anyone have some advice or direction? Thanks.
I found and provided a link (http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=53381) that will enlighten you on the subject a bit, but I just wanted you to have a few more perspectives to confirm my assertion that there are no backpacking filters on the market as of now that will actually filter out heavy metals (i.e. mercury, arsenic, etc.). I know many filters, if not all, esp. in the case of Katadyn, come with a sticker when purchasing the filter warning against use in areas where there is a likelihood or confirmation of heavy metal presence. I know that carbon-based filters can assist in the reduction of heavy metal presence should it wind up in the water you gather to filter, but no filter can completely eliminate the risk. However, there is hope: so long as you are skimming off the top of a body of water, you should be able to avoid the metal entirely, or at least minimize the risk to the degree that you won't suffer any prolonged or serious consequences. Ultimately, it comes down to finding sources you know are not tainted and/or generally being smart about how you gather your water. Just remember heavy metals tend to sink, so never gather from regions near the very bottom of the water source.
Hope this helps.
Easy to remove filter
This easy to remove filter makes it a painless process to clean your used filter! Also make sure you disassemble and air dry your entire Hiker pro when you are finished with your backcountry adventure!
All parts included
The Hiker Pro comes with everything you need to pump safe drinking water. It also comes with maintenance and cleaning items to help prolong the life of your filter. The Nalgene and hydration reservoir attachments make is a breeze to fill your favorite drinking apparatus !
Filter and parts in nylon Case
This filter is great for stowing away and forgetting its in your pack, until you need to re-up your clean, safe and worry free drinking water!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
What can I say, I haven't picked up the runs from water on the trail, so it appears to work.
No funky tastes, easy enough to use, good flow so far.
It's always a little tough depending on the location to position a bottle, a pump, a pickup, and yourself on some rocks above a cold stream without falling in. My one recommendation would be to look at a gravity fed pump where you can scoop out a bucket of water and let it flow through a filter via gravity vs a person powered pump.
For a person powered pump it works great though, I've been happy with it.
The Best Filter By Far!!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Most of my buddies end up purchasing the Hiker Pro after our backpacking trips. It is reliable, fast, lightweight, able to take freezing temps, and easy to clean. I would recommend this to anyone looking to invest in a filter. You will not be disappointed.
stay hydrated faster
Hands down the fasted and most portable filter around. I had the MSR and it would just get clogged and all my friends would be done and back on the trail before I could get water in a bottle. So I got what they had so i wasn't left behind.
Saved our bacon...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Spent 3 days in the Needles (S. Utah] and was so glad I brought this along. The local ranger pointed out a few water holes from the recent rain storms, so we only took half the water we needed and the rest was filtered through this little puppy. Fast and easy.
Excellent on many, many trips
My family owns several of these and we use them every summer (some 8 years running) on backpacking trips in the Western national parks. Have run through everything from clear mountain snow melt to a disgusting green mosquito-filled puddle to muddy water with a very fine silt. None of our Hiker Pros have ever let us down. (And even the mosquito puddle water tasted just fine.) You can get water out of a shallow puddle (necessary in dry climates sometimes) with this. We never even day hike without at least one person carrying one.
Don't leave w/o it
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I love this filter. I have had a few before and this seems to be the most reliable. It is sturdy, quick and easy to clean. I would definitely recommend this to anyone trying to decide what filter to buy
What is the difference between this water...
What is the difference between this water filter and the regular Katadyn Hiker Water Microfilter?
The Pro has the quick disconnects, the silt screen around the filter element, and the element has a charcoal core for better tasting water. If you have the regular you can upgrade with the Pro element and get most of the added benefits down the line.
To add to Arthur, I am pretty sure Katadyn only sells the pro filter replacement, so when you need to replace the filter cartridge you are going to get all the benefits of the pro version even if you have the regular Hiker.
Just took this out for an overnighter in the Uintas, and could not be more stoked on this filter. It is very light, and packs down great- fits in the bag after each use without having to struggle to make it work. Each of us had one Nalgene (one with the small mouth opening, one of the regular opening). The water bottle adapter works GREAT- fits in snug on both types of bottles so you don't have to worry about it flying out. The pumping rate is great as well- very doable and quick so you don't get irritated trying to fill one bottle. I was also impressed with the taste of the water- granted, we were up in the high mountains where the water looked mostly good anyways, but definitely not good enough to drink by itself. The taste was good n' clear. I cannot wait to take this out to more cool places- I'm super stoked on it, and would definitely recommend!
Everything in the case pulled out
Super easy for a beginner
First overnight in the desert, only water source was a muddy creek. This was not only easy to use with no experience, but the water tasted great. The only thing I couldn't figure out is what the sponge was for.
Quick and Effective!
I never leave on a trip with out this filter. It is super light weight, packs well and is a lot quicker than pumps I have had in the past.
Never leave home without it!
Great, lightweight filter. Gives you confidence any water can become clean and filtered. Water tastes great and easy to use. Love the included adapter to connect to your Camelbak. Just connect and pump filtered water right into your drinking reservoir. Recently went on a trip with a friend who had an MSR water filter. Being able to compare both side by side the Katadyn wins hands down.
#1 - Lighter
#2 - The MSR has a bulky handle that looks to easy to snap off
#3 - Smaller footprint than the MSR
#4 - Pumps out water at a higher rate.
Never go camping without it!!
Got this a year ago before a camping trip out to Yellowstone. Worked absolutely perfect in the backcountry. Water was crystal clear and tasted just as it should. Also a lot faster than I though it was going to be. Easy pumping motion makes it easy on the arms when filling a couple water reservoirs for day hikes. Cleaning is cake just take it apart and let it dry. Recommend this product to anyone!!
i had a hiker and loved it. Wish I knew where it went. So I needed a new filter and decided to upgrade to the hiker pro. It is just as reliable as the hiker with some added features. I love the quick links it has. It makes connecting everything quicker. I ended up getting some tubing from the hardware store and modified it so I can quickly change between hydration pack filling and filling up a nalgene. I will try to get some pictures of this up, but this little modification makes things so much easier rather than having to wrestle with getting the hose on the adapter you want to use every time.
Light and Fast
Great filter for quick refills. Fits both large and narrow mouth nalgene bottles. It filters faster than the MSR sweetwater but does not have the filter size of the MSR. I have had friends that have broken the handle off which is a drawback. This is a filter and does not remove viruses (too small for filters) if using in questionable areas I would also recommend using tablets or a water purifier.