User Review: Katadyn Hiker
Price Paid: $60
I have the Hiker model which I bought 4 years ago when the Hiker Pro was not available. The only difference that I know of is the quick disconnect fittings. After extended use, I have mostly positive thoughts about the product. It is very simple to use and has few parts. It does have some drawbacks though.
It is inconvenient to have to clean the filter with a chlorine solution after each trip (this is not necessary with a ceramic filter). Also, the output hose exits the top of the filter, usually resulting in a kink in the hose as it runs to your reservoir; not ergonomically friendly). Finally, I have not had good luck with filter life as the prefilter tends to work somewhat poorly in the sediment rich waters of the eastern creeks and streams.
Overall a good buy but I would prefer something with more convenience and filter life.