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A hiker's best friend.

The Katadyn Hiker Water Microfilter is Katadyn's highest rated microfilter. The Katadyn Hiker is ideal for lightweight backpacking, and eliminates Giardia, Cryptosporidium and all bacteria. The Katadyn Hiker is easy to use and even guaranteed not to clog for 1 year! Included with the hiker are a Nalgene bottle attachment and hydration pack attachment. The Hiker is efficient with its lightweight compact microfilter that gives a high water output per stroke.

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Does anyone know what the micron rating...

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Does anyone know what the micron rating is for this filter?

1 5

Broken Nipple

I have used this filter on several long hiking trips. I was pumping very cold water and attempted to remove the inlet tube (something I had done many many times) and the nipple broke off. I did not do anything different or use more force than I normally do. Good thing my other friends had filters. This looks like a design issue.

Does this filter require certain resevoi...

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Does this filter require certain resevoir/bottle size or can it filter into any size container? I guess what I'm asking is; can you filter water through it into any container or do you have to purchase a certain "neck" opening bottle?

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The removable bottle adapter is meant to fit a 63mm opening such as a Nalgene bottle, but the tube itself will fit into anything with a diameter larger than 3/8". You could even filter water straight into your mouth with it if you were so inclined.

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The inside is sized to fit narrow mouth Nalgenes as well. Like Phil said, the end adapter is removable, and your only limit is the size of the hose. I use a CamelBak adapter, and with the quick change plugs, can fill my CamelBaks with minimal fuss.

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We've even just jammed the hose into our mugs on lunch breaks!

What is the difference between this and...

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What is the difference between this and the Hiker Pro? I'm going to mexico for two years and just need something to help me out when i'm in the bush, and in the city.

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The main answers would be price and size. Both are going to be quick and do the trick. It is a good idea to try to find moving water, in my opinion, it tends to be a touch cleaner..

I have the vario Dual by Katadyn, and i cannot say enough good things about it

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Besides price, quick release fittings and field maintainable outer filter sleeve are the main differences. Bring several extra filters for a two year stint if you're going to be out in the bush a lot.

Eat lots of probiotic foods with live cultures such as yogurt and kefir ahead of time to minimize the initial ill effects of dysentery, but after a couple months of drinking tap water, your body won't notice the difference.

1 5

broken twice

I have had two of these and they have both broken in the backcountry.

Not much else to say. the first one had a pump issue. The second one broke when i pulled off the hose. I was surprised to look down and see the plastic nipple had ripped off as well.

Its a shame bc its a simple system for a good price. 4 days of boiling water sucks though....

5 5

Katadyn hiker water filter

I can't say anything that a lot of other people haven't already said. Reliable, affordable, easy to use, easy to clean. Excellent piece of equipment. The people at Backcountry are great. Excellent customer service, prompt shipping.

Aside from the cleaning kit is there a big...

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Aside from the cleaning kit is there a big difference between this and the PRO version?

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The only other difference would be the additional adapter (quick connect) that comes with the pro, that can connect the outlet tubing on the filter directly to certain hydration bladders. I have the pro and have yet to use this adapter, but some have found it to be a handy addition.

Nice Virginia pict by the way! I moved from that area 2 years ago... miss the Blue Ridge Mtns!

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Thanks Eli! Yeah that picture was taken atop Duncan's Knob last October. Where did you move to? To be totally honest with you, these mountains somewhat bore me now after living here for so long, fall is the only truly spectacular time of year (in my opinion, and oh how spectacular it is!) I am ready for a change... Cascades here I come!!

I read a question on the Osprey Hydraform...

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I read a question on the Osprey Hydraform page that says to fill it you can fit the outlet of The Hiker Pro INSIDE of the outlet of the Hydraform I guess my main questions are do the Hiker and Hiker Pro have the same tubing diameter and does this really work?

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I believe the main difference relative here from the Hiker and the Hiker Pro, is that the Pro comes with a separate connector piece that can be used on your Osprey, Nalgene, Jansport, or any other compatible bladder. I own the Pro, and have yet to use the additional adapter. I generally use the larger one pictured which pops right into the top of a 32 oz nalgene bottle. I'm almost positive the tubing is all the same diameter.

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Yeah, the tubing is all 1/4" inside diameter. Get the Hiker Pro with the Quick Connect already built in and, like Eli said, it comes with this attachment already. Or you can get the Hiker version and just add a couple Quick-fill adapters separately.

Hiker Pro- watch the video

http://www.katadyn.com/usen/katadyn-products/products/katadynshopconnect/katadyn-water-filters-backcountry-series-products/katadyn-hiker-pro/

Just for general info purposes- The bottle adapter that comes with this is designed to fit a 63mm Nalgene bottle opening, and the HydraForm, even though it's made by Nalgene, is 80mm.

Yeah, the tubing is all 1/4" inside diameter. Get the Hiker Pro with the Quick Connect already built in and, like Eli said, it comes with this attachment already. Or you can get the Hiker version and just add a couple Quick-fill adapters separately. <br/>  <br/> Hiker Pro- watch the video <br/>  <br/> http://www.katadyn.com/usen/katadyn-products/products/katadynshopconnect/katadyn-water-filters-backcountry-series-products/katadyn-hiker-pro/ <br/>  <br/> Just for general info purposes- The bottle adapter that comes with this is designed to fit a 63mm Nalgene bottle opening, and the HydraForm, even though it's made by Nalgene, is 80mm.
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Thanks guys!

Can you ship it to Canada?

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Can you ship it to Canada?

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Due to contracts with the following brands, we are unable to ship any of their products outside the US. If you attempt to order one of these brands and have it shipped outside the US, we will contact you and cancel the order. However, it is OK to purchase any of these products with an international credit card and have the product shipped to a US address.





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2 5

Broken and left me without clean water

This filter was already broken by the second time I used it. I'm not really sure what happened, but the hard plastic tube is cracked somewhere in the crease between the two cartridges and just leaks everywhere when I use it, also releasing all the dirt into the filtered water container.

Can you replace the filter?

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Can you replace the filter?

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Yes. Both the Pro and Hiker models have available replacement filters.

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Just make sure when you do that you flush it out a couple of times as the first couple of bottles have some black color in them sometime from the charcoal filter..

4 5

Better than the bottle

I've had my Katadyn hiker for a couple of years now without any problems. I have cleaned the filter according to the instructions after each trip and dried it completely before storing. The pump works great, take a small coffee filter for an extra prefilter for really gross silty water. I love the quick disconnect fittings which clip into my platypus without any spillage. Overall cold, clean, fresh tasting water, reliably. I would give 5 stars if it was lighter/smaller.

2 5

It might screw you over

The fatal flaw: the inlet connection nipple.

So I was filtering some very cold water (alpine stream, so it was snow about 2 hours before). It was only the second time I had used this filter. It pumps very easily and works great. Then I'm packing it away and when I remove the inlet tube, the connection nipple breaks right off, making the entire setup useless. I would have been screwed but luckily my friend had his filter. I think the cold water makes the plastic extra brittle. I was not careless, it just broke as I pulled the tube off.

My brother owns the same filter and a week later the same exact failure happened to him. He had to boil water for the rest of his trip. Luckily he had extra fuel.

You can read more stories like this in the reviews of REI. I am amazed there are almost none here on BC. This is a habitual problem with this filter.

I learned two things from all of this. 1) I now carry iodine tablets as a backup. 2) this filter is a bad trip waiting to happen. Invest your money elsewhere, especially if your water sources are cold streams and lakes, or you might end up as Zombie food. I now own the Katadyn Vario and so far it's worked flawlessly though it is heavier and bulkier which is a drawback.

5 5

Great Product

This filter is great for backpacking and have been taking to trips up in the ADKS. It works in dirty puddles and trickling streams at the top of the peeks. Small enough for day trips and weekend trips. Cheap, reliable and durable what else do want.

4 5

can't go wrong with this filter...

This filter is great! I’ve tried branching out to other brands… and have had issues… and seem to always come back to the Katadyn (PUR) Hiker. I am most impressed by its flow/pump speed and ease of use; I think the fastest pumping water filter I have ever used. It does get harder to pump when filter is dirty… But I found that rubber banding a coffee filter to the end going into the water will make your filter last longer- and takes a good amount of sediments out. ***I wished they made a lighter weight and compact version of this filter so that I can pack it for day hikes.

5 5

Great price, great filter

The small tradeoff of weight is worth the cost savings and ease of pumping offered by the Hiker filter. I thought I wanted an MSR MiniWorks, but after using both on a couple of multiday trips, the Hiker won out on ease of pumping and certainly cost. I use mine all over Alaska, and it just keeps on going.

hiking in Minnesota

hiking in Minnesota

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water was really cold and had a great taste too. probably cause we were in the middle of nowhere!
this is the first filter I've owned and it was too simple. just take care of it and it'll take care of you.

5 5

Great Filter

My buddy and I was waiding and fishing in the Big Piney River, in Missouri. We drank all our water early on and luckily I brought my Katadyn Hiker water filter. I filled our bottles and we drank away. The next day we were in formation (did I mention I am in the Army) and they told us the river was closed for swimming and waiding because they found high levels of e. coli after 4 people were diagnosed at the hospital. My buddy and I never caught e. coli and we owe it all to that Katadyn Hiker water filter.

can you use a katadyn hiker pro filter in...

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can you use a katadyn hiker pro filter in a katadyn hiker?

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Both cartridges are interchangeable. The only difference is the Pro filter has a plastic mesh sleeve around it. FYI, be sure to lubricate the black o-ring before screwing the new cartridge into the filter housing.

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