A solid, lightweight filter that does its job without disappointment on the trail.
- 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
- Anti-Clog, pleated 0.3 micron glass fiber cartridge (129 square inches) is removable for easy cleaning
- Active carbon core reduces bad taste and odor
- Cartridge can clean up to 750 liters of water, depending on the condition of the water
- Prefilter and float let you tap into the clearest free-flowing streams without complications
- Universal Bottle Adaptor screws onto most water bottles and included carry bag keeps the pump and hoses and organized in your pack
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I used this as my primary filter for all my trips until I got sick last year...I'm not sure how I ended up getting sick because my filter still had life in it according to the 200 gallon life on it. I was already a little fed up with using this filter because the bag that it came with was cheap and the zipper broke. I was also tired of putting away all the pieces and trying to keep track of what tube was the "clean" and "dirty" tube. Call me lazy but I hate stopping and messing with the entire filtration process. I now just use iodine pills mixed with some powder gatorade to kill the taste. You need to let the iodine sit so I always have a backup bottle just in case I can't wait the 30 minutes.
I am wondering what material the tubing is made of, is it silicone? I am allergic to latex and want to know if it is possibly latex tubing. Thanks
Yes, the tubing is silicone.
Katadyn Hiker Water MicroFilter
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this filter for 100% of my drinking and cooking water on a multi-day backpacking trip to King's Peak in Northern Utah, and a 2-day trip in the Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness area a couple of weeks later. First and foremost, the water coming out of this filter tasted clean and pure, and I didn't get sick after drinking it, so it clearly functioned as intended. The tapered plastic inserts fit the mouth of my 2-liter water bottles perfectly. I tried to be fastidious about potentially contaminated water coming into contact with the "clean" end of the plastic tubing or with the inserts, but it can be difficult to keep everything completely separated. Overall I love the filter and its small pack footprint, but if you're very particular about keeping everything separated and all the clean parts clean on a long packing trip, you might want to rethink how everything gets stored.
Also: My hiking buddy brought another filter on our trip and it completely seized up on the trail when his filter got clogged. I was glad I had this!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have buddies that have this & done a bunch of trips with them, every time I have used it, I have been happy. It takes up little room & is lightweight.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought this before a long trip through the Beartooth Wilderness. It works great, and is worth the minor weight added to your pack. The best thing about this is how great and natural water taste in the wild. I will never use pills again!
A friend had the little Hyperflow MSR filter and it stopped working after 1 day. Made me glad I always have my Katadyn Hiker with me in the backcountry. It's not the fastest, or lightest, but it just works year after year.
ASre there replacement parts such as the intake nipple that attatches to the base of the filter housing?
here we are filtering some water from a stream in the Ouachita National Forest
so do i have to buy replacement filters for this?
After the "life" of the filter end...
A filter will last for about 200 gallons, so you won't have to replace them often.
Replacement filters are necessary, but you can extend the life of any filter in a few ways. Proper maintenance is big, but even more important in my opinion is pre-filtering. That is, using something like a bandana to strain the water through before filtering. This will prevent large pieces of sediment from being put through the filter and extend its life. A $1.50 piece of cloth will save you lots of money in the long run when it comes to replacing filters. I have had this piece of gear for a few years now and only replaced the filter once, largely thanks to pre-filtering.