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Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Microfilter

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    An easy, reliable, and durable filtration system that only costs you 11 ounces.

    A quick stop at a river or stream with the pump-action Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Microfilter lets you continue on your long trek with hydration packs and water bottles full of clean, clear drinking water. Carrying gallons of water isn't necessary when you have reliable water sources and are carrying this durable 11-ounce water microfilter in your backpack. Since it connects directly to your hydration pack and water bottles, you spend more time on the trail and less time fiddling with your water supply.
    • 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
    • Item #EXT0073

    Tech Specs

    Filter Material
    0.3-micron glassfiber
    Purifying Element
    (core) activated carbon
    Output
    (rate) 1 L/min
    Removes
    particles, bacteria, giardia, algae, cryptosporidia, sediments, protazoa, spores
    Field-Cleanable
    yes
    Dimensions
    7.6 16.5 6.1 cm
    Gravity Flow
    no
    Cartridge Life
    1150 L
    Compatibility
    water bottles, (Quick Connect Fittings for 1/4-inch drink tubes on hydration packs)
    Claimed Weight
    310 g
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, trekking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    OK for Casual/Short Trips

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    During my AT thru-hike I used the Katadyn as my sole water filter from Springer Mtn thru the end of the Smokies at Hot Springs. It served its purpose at the beginning but I noticed 2 big drawbacks that led to me replacing it.

    1. It was easy to pump and had a good flow rate at first. Unless you are filtering from a fairly deep water source, however, the suction ball will sit on the bottom of the water source and suck in any dirt/debris. The filter does its job and keeps that from ending up in your bottle, but all that dirt/debris builds up. As time goes on it gets extremely hard to pump the handle and is noticeably slower and more of a workout to get your water. I tried cleaning the filter in sinks when I got the chance but never noticed any improvements. At Hot Springs I went to buy a replacement filter and was shocked to see they're $40ish each. I'm sure you could get them slightly cheaper online, but you don't always have that luxury on the trail. I ended up buying a $40 Sawyer filter starter kit that gave me a filter, cleaning syringe, and 2 bags. That one purchase, with regular, free, and effective cleanings (backwashes) lasted me the rest of the AT.

    2.. My second complaint about the Katadyn is that you need pooled water to filter. A lot of the sources on the AT, especially as you go north, are running water sources with little to no pooling. The Sawyer, in conjunction with a jerry-rigged water bottle scoop works perfectly in shallow flowing water.

    3. (I know I said 2 complaints...I probably wouldn't have replaced it if it was only this complaint) It's relatively heavy and bulky.

    So the Katadyn works. And for casual or short trips, it probably works just fine. But if you're counting ounces, cubic inches, dollars (over the long run), or expect to use shallow flowing water sources, it's just not something I'd recommend.

    Super Nice

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This filter is awesome. I got it for a 40 mile backpacking trick and it worked wonders. It pumps super easy and it's extremely lightweight. I did notice it got harder to pumper as we used it more, so just be sure to keep it clean. The water tasted great. I highly recommend this.

    Solid

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    We needed to get one of our friends a gift for their wedding that was camping inspired, so we went with this filter. Everyone needs a solid filter, and this one is definitely a great go-to. Our friends are not ultralight backpackers and tend to only go in the backcountry a short ways to find their perfect camping spot, so that's why we went with this model. It is durable and extremely reliable.

    Great Filter

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    This filter is fantastic and super light. I used it over a three day backpacking trip with 5 others through Hells Canyon in Idaho. Of the six of us; 4 used this filter through the entire trip and it pumped incredibly quickly and the water honestly tasted great. BEST FILTER I'VE EVER HAD. HANDS DOWN.

    Shortly after I got my brother (review above) this filter, I realized it was time to grab my own. Clearly, the bro was a fan so I went with his suggestion of grabbing the same one... and i'm so happy I did! I don't have much to compare it to since this was my first filter, but my goodness is it simple to use, pumps water fast straight into my bladder and most importantly the water was fresh and tasty!

    Does it's job

      Not much to say about this other than it does it's job. My dad has the cheaper version without the quick release and I would recommend spending the extra money to get one with the quick release since his wound up cracking while pulling the hose off the little nozzle.

      Hard to beat at this price.

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

      This is a great little filter. It goes head to head with the MSR miniworks but is 1/3rd, sometimes 1/4th the price. While the miniworks has a better pumping action the way the filter and how well they filter are the same. This also has better range of use. It can be connected directly to a water bladder or a Nalgene or into any other sort of bottle.

      Hiker Pro vs. MSR Miniworks

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I just purchased a Katadyn Hiker Pro and I've been using a MSR Miniworks for years. While I believe that the Miniworks is ergonomically easier to use, the Hiker Pro is much more adaptable for different uses. I don't think the difference in filtration is much of a difference, but it seems like I was always cleaning the MSR. I like the Hiker Pro much better, except for ease of pumping (MSR is much easier and less tiring) and I tend to filter from a Sea to Summit bucket rather than directly from the water source.

      Great!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I got this filter for a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. We a long trail in a short amount of time, so we camped in some places that didn't have a great water source. This filter work like a champ! We had 4 people using it that trip. We even used it to filter water out of a puddle on the trail. Let's just say I'm nothing less than impressed.



      Here's a picture my friend took of us gathered around a pothole, using the pump to fill up our water bottles.

      Great!

      Super-duper!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I never go hiking without this now. Such a great piece of potentially life saving equipment! It's nice and light and doesn't take up too much room in your pack! Drinking straight from a ice cold mountain stream is SO refreshing!

      Tried and True

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have used this filter for many years.(over 20, but of course gone through a few) It is a simple, design, easy to use, reliable and provides great, safe water. Long lasting you will get many years out of this one.

      If it ain't broke....

        Almost zero design changes in nearly 30 years. It works, it works well. It has virtually nothing in it to break. If it clogs because you are filtering heavy sediment or mud you can open it up, rinse and your good to go again. If the gaskets get dry smear some chapstick on it and your good. Its bomb proof. I've had mine for literally 25 years... I've replaced the filter twice. Not ultra light but does not suffer from vapor lock or other BS that the smaller MSR filters suffer from. Unless you are fast packing and counting ounces this is your filter. Look no further.

        Reliable Clean Tasty Water

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        My worry heading into any trip, especially if I am off the trails is always, where am I going to find water? The last thing I want to worry about while I am out there, is how I am going to purify it or whether or not what I have, will get the job done. That's why I love the Hiker Pro Microfilter. It works, and it works every time. I've pulled water from stinky mud holes in the Cache Creek Wilderness, to pristine lakes in the Sierra Nevadas, to high alpine mountain springs (and thank God the mountains can provide) in Idaho and Oregon. Perfect for Nalgene bottles or hydro bladders with a quick disconnect, and it's design is rugged enough to handle years of use, as my Dad has proved with his which is one of the early models. If I had one gripe, I'd want it a little lighter, but I could say that about most gear. All in all, great product and easy to use.

        Reliable Clean Tasty Water

        Gets it done

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Used this filter on a trip around Utah and have ventured up into Idaho and Montana with it so far as well. Used it in a variety of conditions and am still not sick yet so seems to be working.

        I usually always pump into a Nalgene bottle since the adapter is really easy to use and fills a Nalgene relatively quickly. The kit is really awesome as well though since it comes with different adapters for hydration packs and just the tubes to pump into any container that may please you.

        If you are looking for a water filter that packs down into the size of about a hair razor pouch, and you are not trying to break the bank, this is a good call.

        Time Tested Design

          This design hasn't changed much over the years. Great filter for drawing water out of silty desert rivers. Gets clogged if the water is too murky but you can always help it a little with a bandana or coffee filter wrapped around the nozzle.

          Very easy to use

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

          Took about 10 minutes to setup out of the box. The Quick Connect fittings work perfectly with the Osprey bladder I use - don't even need to take the bladder out of my pack.

          Gift for Dad

          • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

          I think I won Christmas with this gem! After my dad took a long trip in the Arizona outdoors he sent me an update: "I have run about 20 gallons through it and have experienced no problems even with very murky water. This is a great pump filter to supplement the water tablets I carry."

          Unanswered Question

          Will this work against salt water in the ocean? I visited the actual product site and it does say it filters salt, but the description says this is for streams and lakes which makes me think it really isn't meant for that? Any know for sure?

          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.

          Best Answer

          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.

          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.

          will the hose connect to a osprey hydration...

          will the hose connect to a osprey hydration balder ?

          is the water okay to drink if it still...

          is the water okay to drink if it still isn't clear?

          It will not hurt you but running silty water such as dirty glacier water can really do a number on your filter. Pre-filter as much as you can for such instances. I have seen one person's gravity filter get compromised due to silt.

          Best Answer

          I work for Katadyn and have used first the Hiker & then the Hiker Pro since 1995 in all sorts of very dirty water. I've never had a trace of color come through, in even Colorado & San Juan River water.



          Possibly an iron stained water might make it through, but otherwise, if it is less than a year old, return it for a warranty test, if more than a year old, replace the filter cartridge with a new one.

          I work for Katadyn and have used first the Hiker & then the Hiker Pro since 1995 in all sorts of very dirty water.   I've never had a trace of color come through, in even Colorado & San Juan River water. 

Possibly an iron stained water might make it through, but otherwise, if it is less than a year old, return it for a warranty test, if more than a year old, replace the filter cartridge with a new one.