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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
    (rate) 1 L/min
    particles, bacteria, giardia, algae, cryptosporidia, sediments, protazoa, spores
    7.6 16.5 6.1 cm
    Gravity Flow
    Cartridge Life
    1150 L
    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

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    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.


      • 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.



      • 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.

        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."

        Awesome filter!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've pumped liter after liter of water through this little guy, and its never so much as hiccuped! Unless you count water bubbles :). Very easy to use, relatively light weight, durable, and effective! I bring it with me for every backpacking trip.

        Great filter

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I love this filter, it is easy to use, works quickly, and most important, gives you great tasting water. UV lights are great, but they dont filter particles out of water or improve the taste at all. This can turn muddy slop into potable clear water. It is really quick being able to filter about a liter a minute and weighs next to nothing which is great for its packability. I really like this pump, but havent used any of the other ones on the market

        Excellent Choice

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

        Used for a 4 day trip into the BWCA. Served as a primary source of water for 4 people. Included drinking water, cooking, and some of the dishes. Very easy to use, effective, lightweight and portable. Definitely a good purchase and a happy camper!

        Great Filter

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I used this on a four day AT backpacking trip starting in Damascus, VA. I was impressed with the ease of use, considering I ordered it several days before leaving, and then used it on the trail prior to ever testing it. Setup was quite easy, and the water flow was excellent. Another hiker commented how much faster this filter pumps water than his own model. The construction feels well-made. I never felt like the pump/handle would break off, which is great since it's made from plastic. I'll also mention it's light weight.

        As far as water quality goes, I give it high marks as well. The water tasted like fresh, clean spring water. I didn't get any debris, nor did I get sick from drinking spring water. I can't know whether Giardia was filtered out of the spring, but I assume that microbe filter works.

        I really like that it comes with attachments for pumping directly into water bottles and into hydration reservoirs. Though my reservoir wasn't a compatible model, I would like to try this out at a later time.

        Final thoughts: Definitely worth it. I got it on sale for $65 with free two-day shipping, so the value is definitely there for me.

        Simple & Easy

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've tested various Katadyn filters and this one performs exactly as rated, adequate for the job. The amount of water I drink could be called excessive, so my first piece of advice is to spend the extra money and upgrade to the Katadyn Vario Dual Technology Microfilter (item #EXT0059). It has double the output amount and a ceramic filter.

        However, if you are in the market for something to just get the job done, this could be your filter. It is lightweight, easy to use, and still gets you fresh water fast.

        I've found that the carbon filters are difficult to clean and rarely see a difference after doing so. Other than giving it a quick rinse under the sink there's not much else you can do, unless I missed the filter cleaning memo. If so, please enlighten me!

        The tubes on these filters are sensitive, so be careful when jamming it into its case. I had the tube get a small tear where it connects to the filter, letting air in instead of water. It was a simple fix, trim the tube where it cracked and slip it back on. However, if you get a tear in the center of your tube you could end up with a super short inlet or outlet hose, making filtering a lot more interesting!

        Overall, I'd recommend this product to fellow backpackers for a great base, no bells and whistles filter.

        Simple & Easy
        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 ( 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?

        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?

        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.

        might as well order a few replacement...

        might as well order a few replacement filters now - don't see the recommended replacement filters listed?