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Base Camp

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent filter for floating rivers in Alaska. I've been using the Katadyn Base Camp gravity filter for almost 20 years in Alaska. It works great as long as the water source is near camp...floating rivers or backpacking near alpine streams.   Since it is a gravity system, above timberline I set it up in the rocks on a steep slope and stretch the outlet line as much as possible downhill to maximize the flow rate. I clean the filter after each trip by removing the prefilter screen, soaking in soapy… Full review

Vario Microfilter

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great for group trips. This is a big monster of a pump that is great for pumping super clean water fast.   Effectiveness I've always used the pump in the long life setting which involves both filter functions, the ceramic disk prefilter and the pleated glassfiber filter. The faster flow setting disengages the ceramic prefilter. The pump also has a carbon filter to make the water taste better, which is one of my favorite features. Neither myself or anyone who has used the filter has ever been sick. Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Expedition bomb proof filter. Easily handled our family of four when hiking in summer across Isle Royale for a week and had to filter all water from the lake (don't drink the untreated water!). The only filter I would carry in the back country. Full review

Hiker PRO

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Works well; pump plunger broke after many uses, but Katadyn replaced it. I've gotten a lot of use from my Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter. I used in on a series of 3- to 5-day hikes, and I also used it on a daily basis when I was living for two months in an area where the water supply wasn't safe. Its design is ingenious, and it packs up compactly into a zipper pouch. The only flaw is that the pump plunger — actually, the flat "knob" at the end of the plunger — broke. (See photos below.) Perhaps… Full review

Base Camp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Worth every penny... The trick is to get water flowing. I usually lift the clipped tube up and down a few times to start the siphon action before trying to pour. So I'm not sure that 1 liter per minute is accurate—once flowing, I can fill my two 1-liter Nalgene bottles pretty quickly. The one...sort of...complaint might be that it gets a little heavy and cumbersome to carry back from the spring or stream to the campsite. The first few times I used the bag required a lot of attentive hand switching—and… 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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