User Review: Katadyn Hiker PRO
My Hiker is actually so old, it's from back when PUR was still making them. Thankfully, when Katadyn bought the company they kept making the Hiker in the same size, so I have upgraded it to the new Hiker Pro filter element. Good to go!
It pumps fast. It's compact. It's simple and reliable.
The endurance of the filters is excellent. I'm an avid lover of the outdoors, and the filters typically last me 2-3 years. The new "Pro" version does seem to last a bit longer. My current filter element started out filtering silty mountain stream water for a party of four on a 3 week climbing trip, and is still pumping with the same ease and speed after 5 more months of use.
The best advice I can give is to remember to take the filter element out of the housing after each trip so it can dry. That goes for all models of filter. Leaving it sealed and wet in your garage will ruin a perfectly good filter.
Anyways, I've had this piece of kit for many years. It's been to a few continents so far, and it has served me very well.