User Review: Katadyn Hiker
Price Paid: $59.95
I bought this filter 10 years ago. I am still using it. It has been dropped stepped on, pumped thousands of times, filtered hundreds of gallons of water. In fact this is labeled as the PUR water filter not the Katadyn, but essentially the same design.
I have looked at other filters and considered many times an alternative, but there is actually no better alternative for the backpacker.
Chemicals are light, but do not do what the filter can and can not do it as reliably. Other filters require all kinds of maintenance, ie brushing and backwashing etc. The Katadyn Hiker requires NOTHING except the occasional lubrication, change of filter, and o-ring.
This filter is also light weight at 12 ounces. By and large, the BEST there is for the hiker. My only gripe is that it could be a little more compact.
Otherwise a nearly perfect design.