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Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

$39.95 - $44.95

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    $39.95
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    $44.95

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Think of the possibilities.

Do you ever wish that you could drink from crystal clear creeks, alpine lakes, or mountain streams? Well, you can when you bring the Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System on your next adventure. This compact water bottle with integrated filter makes a great choice for outdoor pursuits and travels to faraway places where tap water is suspect.

Instead of lugging around a bulky pack loaded with a full day's worth of water, just bring this lightweight and compact bottle along with you. Simply fill up the flask and let the EZ-Clean Membrane do all the work. It's effective against microorganisms and even suitable for cloudy water. And when it's not filled, the collapsible bottle packs up small so you can stash it in tight spaces.

  • A portable water filtration system for hiking and travel
  • EZ-Clean membrane filters out microorganisms and debris
  • Collapsible bottle packs up small for easy storage
  • Clean filter regularly to extend life of filter
  • Item #EXT000G

Eliminates
microorganisms
Filter
EZ-Clean Membrane (hollow fiber filter)
Pore Size
0.1 micron
Action
squeeze
Volume
0.6L (20oz), 1L (33oz)
Field Cleanable
yes
Dimensions
9 x 2.75in
Claimed Weight
2oz
Recommended Use
hiking, trail running, travel, backpacking, fishing

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 2

Works in the short term, not long

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I previously purchased this at REI for backpacking the Colorado Trail for 21 days, and it worked great at first, but after a few weeks of daily use, it slowed to a trickle. So I returned it, thinking I got a bust. However, the same thing occurred to my newer one, again used on the Colorado Trail, this time for 20 days. There's no way to backflush it; manufacturer instructions to clean it are to "swish" it around in water. That is not even close to the lifetime of the product. If I could return this again, then I would, and I'd just default to the standard Sawyer that while isn't speedy, at least it's reliable, clean-able, and not reduced to a trickle after a few weeks of usage.

>Rating: 5

The best!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these now and have been using them all summer on my long runs and hikes. They fit in the front pocket of my running vest and are super easy to fill up and clean. I love this product and it is seriously a game changer.

>Rating: 5

Yes Please

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This thing is awesome! I used to use the MSR trail shot and would dread/avoid filling up on long runs and hikes because of how long it would take to fill up. This filter has changed every thing. If I'm drinking straight from the bottle it takes all but 5 seconds to fill. Fantastic Product!

>Rating: 4

So far so good...

Recently purchased this filter for backpacking trips. This thing takes up practically no space in a pack and is very lightweight. It's very nice to have around so that I don't have to carry as much water in my pack. I love that I can use it on the go. Just fill the bag and you are good to go! My only concerns are durability with the lid and the bag. I haven't had any issues yet, but I question the longevity.

>Rating: 4

Katadyn Be free Water Filtration System

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So portable and packable. Fits well in my backpack!!! I have the 1L. As long as you have a water source you are gtg!! Love this system!!!!

>Rating: 5

Amazing

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This filter is amazing!! So light weight and packs small. Awesome for overnight Backpacking trips. Not having to carry 4L of water (Depending on water sources of course) is a MAJOR difference. I have felt that not having to carry as much water opens up a lot more possibilities in the backcountry.

>Rating: 4

Almost all positives

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Other filters tend to have relatively slow flow rates, but this filter has an adequate flow rate for me and probably you. The one issue I have with this filter is that even though the bag is plenty strong and usable, it’s difficult to get all of the water out because of the firm plastic rim around the mouth, don’t get me wrong, works more than well enough, but im subtracting one star for that reason.

>Rating: 5

Great

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Offers a lightweight option to waterfilters. I just wish the filters lasted longer.

>Rating: 5

game changer

I love this system. I am usually always near a water source, so I no longer need to carry around a heavy load of water. I just drink when I'm thirsty. Last summer We used one filter for three people on a 10 day river trip. It's a very reliable and lightweight filter

I
>Rating: 5

Fantastic Fishing Filter

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This filter makes a fantastic addition to your fishing vest. Not having to carry a large water bottle when hiking to get away from the crowd, but having plenty of access to water makes this bottle my must have on the river. It has worked phenomenally well over time and filter hasn't clogged yet, although I have sought clean water to filter.

>Rating: 4

Really good flow!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I brought this filter on a handful of High Uinta backpacking trips and the flow is really really good. The flow is 5x better than the Sawyer Squeeze. The only thing i would be careful for is the bladder itself as it's not the most durable thing, but still gets the job done. Just don't squeeze the bag too hard!

>Rating: 5

Perfection

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I recently replaced my MSR trailshot filter with the befree as it is lighter, faster, and cheaper. I have been using it for trail running, just throwing it in my vest and using it to fill up my hydration bladder (I can fill the 1.5 L bladder in about 90 seconds even with the .6 L filer). I am unsure how long the filter on this will last, but for a 2oz filter that easily fits in my pocket I really cant complain. I recently used this for a self supported 38 mile run and never had to stop for more than 3 minutes to fill up and never felt like I had to use extra effort, unlike other pump type filters or heavier alternatives. This is definitely a major step in the right direction of on demand water filtration!

>Rating: 5

The Bees Knees!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Just returned from a Colorado Trail thru hike and this little beauty is super easy to use and super fast! Collapsible bladder allows for minimal weight and storage footprint, while filtering water as fast as one can squeeze.

I love this too!! Thanks so much for contributing to our community. Your reviews are very helpful!

>Rating: 4

So far so good!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I love this, so far! Light, and eternally useful. I will be careful about how mucky of water I use, since I know the filters will clog up faster. But, outside of that, I have faith this will last a good while. Especially for this price!

I
>Rating: 4

Great...

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

...resource in the backcountry! Best 1L filtration device on the market. I like almost everything about this device, however I am a touch bit concerned with the cap design, particularly the hinge that gets a ton of use, ON/OFF...concerned that it may be a little flimsy and eventually break?

I feel the same way ... haven’t broke one yet but it can be a tight fit to snap closed ... I carry a life water or smart water Sport caps with me so if it dose break the caps from both of those brands fit the top Of the one Ltr be free

>Rating: 5

Perfect for those fast/.light adventures

Use it on the bike or during traverses when I don't want to carry a ton of water. Works really well, flows quickly threw the filter!

>Rating: 5

Very easy to use!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

After repeatedly having to replace my Sawyer Squeeze Filter because they kept breaking, I bought the BeFree. It’s really great! I used it on several trips this summer. One thing I really like I about it is the hard shell around the mouth—this really makes it much easier to fill since it is a soft bottle. It also seems to be very durable—it has lasted longer than any of my previous filters!

>Rating: 3

Works great, until it doesn't

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Initially I was very impressed with this filter. I have used just about every kind of water purification extensively, and I really like how small and light this filter is. Initially it was very fast, much faster than the Sawyer squeeze filter. The bag is a softer material but actually seems tougher than Sawyer's. However, after less than a year of use, exclusively filtering in clean mountain streams and lakes, the filter rapidly slowed and is now impossible to use. I have purged it as instructed regularly in the field and always rinsed well and dried before storage. When I contacted Katadyn, they told me this is meant to be a disposable tool and will just slow over time. Next time I will buy another Sawyer, as they have a lifetime warranty.

>Rating: 2

Another Chance

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Filter clogged on the first day of the very first trip (5 days). Used only in relatively clean (by appearance) and flowing water. I cleaned over and over, as suggested, with no luck. I was really excited after I received it during home tests. Water flow was initially great...really fast with big volume. When it clogged it did not just slow down, it all but stopped. Thankfully I had brought tablets. I'm ordering a replacement filter with fingers crossed that I just got a defect. We will see!

>Rating: 5

Very easy and works well

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I've used mine for two backpacking trips so far for quick drinks out of the river. Product works great and it doesn't leak. I plan to buy another one.

>Rating:

Are replacement filters available from Backcountry, and if so, at what cost?

Typically we have them in stock. They retail for $24.95. We sold the last ones a few days ago. I don't currently see that a new order has been placed yet.