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rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just bought this as a primary water filtration system. Used it last weekend as we were camping/hiking Jones Mtn in the Shenandoah. The spring was located right by the cabin we rented. Now I wanted this for the easy pump (47 pumps = 1 liter) and that was indeed easy—NO STRUGGLE or EFFORT needed to accomplish this. And if memory serves it was about 47 pumps. Lightweight for its size. Separate stowage bag and also one of the ziplock "sandwich" type bag for the dirty (OR CLEAN, depending on what you… Full review

Hiker PRO

rated 4 of 5 stars It's great for filtering (not purifying) water and at a reasonable price. I have two of these. My first one, PUR brand I got around 1993 and used it for years in the Olympic mountains in Washington. In 2000, I used it when I re-walked Colin Fletcher's 1000 mile summer through California. That state had some funky water... and after seven years and gallons of water it gave up the ghost in Bridgeport, BUT.... The PUR CS people were GREAT. I told them they I was in the middle of the hike and they rushed… Full review

Hiker PRO

rated 5 of 5 stars It's hard to look at water filtration as anything but a chore. At least it can be less of one. There will be advocates that stump for total protection, who want a purifier. There will be those who do nothing at all and drink the water straight. Since I personally know more than 30 people who've had confirmed giardia cases that were actually a result of wilderness water sources, I have a few different kinds of filter for different kinds of trips. When taking a group and sharing my filter, I bring… Full review

Vario Microfilter

rated 5 of 5 stars A great filter for filtering water for groups of people or for just getting out large volumes of filtered water fast. I've put a countless amount of gallons through this filter and have seen no drop in performance so far. To put an approx. number, I've probably put at least 100 Liters through this thing and no problems of failures have occurred so far. Couldn't be more happy with a filter like this. I use my filter on longer life most of the time, I don't see a true need to get water out as fast… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Small, compact and easy to use. This filter is also fast and can be backwashed to clean out the filter. I used this filter while section hiking 500 miles of the AT. I could filter a half liter of water in seconds into another bottle or bag but also drink straight from the BeFree. It stores in the side of my pack. You just roll it up when not using so it's small and lightweight. It only weighs 2 oz. I never had problems with durability. It was great when the stream was low or slow moving because… Full review

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The Katadyn Group, based in Switzerland, also includes outdoor brands Trek ‘n Eat, Optimus stoves, and AlpineAire Foods.

Katadyn Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Daniel Wins $300 Camp Kitchen from Katadyn, Optimus
Congratulations to member and gear reviewer Daniel Norgan! He won a backcountry kitchen package worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 31, 2014

Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win Kataydn Kitchen
What's your most dependable outdoor gear? Review your gear, apparel, or footwear now through Wednesday, July 30, and you're entered to win $300 worth of great outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 23, 2014

Filter, Food, Fire: Win $300 of Kataydn-Optimus Gear
Stay hydrated and well fed on the trail this summer, if you win $300 worth of outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 16, 2014

Review Your Gear to Win $300 of Katadyn-Optimus Gear
Review your outdoor gear today and you're entered to win a complete backcountry camp kitchen worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 9, 2014

Win a Backcountry Kitchen from Katadyn and Optimus
From stove to spoon, filter to food, we're giving one gear reviewer all the essentials for a backcountry camp kitchen, thanks to the folks at Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire ($300 value). Read more
July 1, 2014

Outdoor Retailer: Goodbye SLC
Outdoor Retailer closed its doors yesterday, and now we're out of here! Stay tuned for some final OR coverage next week, but much of the Trailspace crew (namely my family) will be off exploring the mountains of the west for the next few weeks. Read more
August 7, 2010


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