User Review: Katadyn Hiker PRO
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65
This lightweight personal filtration pump is my go-to choice for ensuring that I will always have potable/safe water in the backcountry. It gives me the most convenience, reliability, and performance of any other pump.
I have used this pump extensively in the backcountry for the past five years (10-12 times per year). Each time that I am out with a group and I watch the others struggle with their "other" brand pumps, it reminds me just how great this Katadyn pump is.
Always easy to set up. Cranks out the water, and easy to pack back up. I have broken off one handle (due to over torqueing by the user, I don't view this as a manufacturing defect) and I did break off an inlet valve (when my son tossed the pump to me but hit rock and it fell 60 feet onto another rock).
I am convinced that this is your best choice for reliability, weight, and performance.