WATER FILTER — Katadyn Hiker

Rating (Out of 5): 3.0

Price: $60 to $80

Review: The Katadyn Hiker Water Filter is designed to take on backpacking trips, when you're in situations where you near to purify water to cook and drink.

I always make sure to purify water, even if its a crystal clear stream rolling out of the mountains, because you just never know. Water contaminated by animals can cause the ever-dreaded Giardia (traveler's diarrhea), and trust me you want no part of that.

So having a water filtration system is a must, and the easiest system, in my option is to carry a filter.

The Katadyn Hiker Water Filter is a fine choice. The upside is that it's quite light and pumps water very fast. I've had some water filtration systems in the past that are a lot of work, and Katadyn's system is very quick. It's also quite easy to replace the filter.

The main downside is that while it's not really heavy, it is quite bulky. That bulk comes from the collection of parts, which is the other downside.

To set up the water filtration system, you have to attach two plastic tubes to the filter itself, then attach two plastic pieces to the ends of the tubes. Once in place the system works quite well, but the chances of losing one of the pieces is ever-present (which could mean trouble) and the bulk is annoying for those embarking on longer backpacking trips where every inch is important.

Overall, I'd generally recommend the Katadyn Hiker Water Filter. There are better options on the market, certainly, but the price isn't horrible and I enjoy the fact that it pumps water so quickly. When you get into camp, exhausted from the hike, the last thing you want to do is labor in purifying water. There are some annoyances with the Katadyn, but they're not bad enough to be a deal-breaker.

Buy the Katadyn Hiker Water Filter here.

—Review by Zach Urness

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