User Review: Katadyn Hiker PRO
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75
Great product that instills confidence.
I'm one of those "What If" types of hikers and backpackers. I tend to consider the worst case scenario and move backwards from there. And in terms of "What if I run out of water in my bottles" I know I've got my butt covered with the Katadyn Hiker Pro. And when it comes to "What if I want to lighten my pack?" that's obviously covered as well.
The Hiker Pro has performed wonderfully for me to date. It pumps fast and is well made. I will say that with cold fingers getting the hose on the input stem requires a little patience. They say you should get 200 gallons or so out of the glass fiber element and I'm probably reaching that point. We'll see if that's a fair estimation. What I do know is you get great tasting water sans any chemical taste.
The Hiker Pro weighs in at around 11 oz., which I don't find to be problematic. You are looking at about 40 bucks or so for a replacement filter though so depending on your usage, and budget, it can get a little pricey. I think the life of the filter can be extended though by giving it a quick once over cleaning at the end of a trip and making sure to run clean water through it and let it dry fully. It comes with a nice carry sack and also offers a bottle attachment.
A good quality product by a great manufacturer. You shouldn't go wrong with this one.