User Review: Katadyn Base Camp
Price Paid: $81
A group of us take annual trips to portage accessible lakes in the Canadian north and have used a number of different water 'cleaning' methods from water purification tablets to hand held micro-filter pumps.
The idea of a system that allows bulk filtration (the bag) and instant use (tablets require 4 hrs of set time) was quite appealing. The instructions for the Katadyn Base Camp require that you prefilter approximately 2 liters of water to clean the filter of carbon dust that has settled in the filter. This is a normal procedure for any carbon based filtering system.
The assembly of the system components is straight forward and uncomplicated. However, the bag did not come close to filtering the water in the advertised time frame. The water was left in the bag overnight and less than a third of the water had filtered out. I was certain that I must have left a protective wrapper on the cartridge filter yet upon inspection found that this was not the case.
I checked on-line and found many favorable reviews of the product and a scattering of ones such as mine. My conclusion is that there must, at the very least, be an irregular quality issue with the product. It cannot, in my estimation, be trusted to deliver a safe and reliable source of drinking water.