User Review: Katadyn Hiker
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
Reliable and easy to use.
- Very reliable
- Easy to use
- Replacement filters are expensive
- Outlet tubes only seem to fit Nalgene bottles.
I bought one of these water filters about 10 years ago. It was PUR brand but is exactly like the Katadyn Hiker version. They must be made by the same company. It is a very basic filter and doesn't have any fancy features.
I have used this filter close to a hundred times over the past 10 years on backcountry trips. It has never failed me at all. It always works great and provides purified, great tasting drinking water. I have never fell ill from any of the water I filtered from this pump. That tells me that it is doing its job.
It is fairly easy to use. It can be difficult to hold the filter and a water bottle and make sure to get the outlet tube fed into a water bottle but you find clever ways to make it work like holding the bottle between your feet. I used to use Nalgene widemouth bottles and the outlet accessory worked great for those water bottles. However, I use Sigg water bottles now and just have to put the tube into the bottle to fill it. Ideally a partner makes the process much easier, but doing it alone is definitely not a problem. I can typically fill 3 1-liter water bottles from a creek in around 10 minutes by myself.
I service it every year. I basically lube up the O-rings for service. That is about all that is required.
I replace the filter about every 3 years depending on how much I use it. The replacement filters are nearly the cost of the whole unit. I usually shop around to get a good deal on one.
It is important to take the filter out of the pump housing after every trip and let it dry really well. If you leave the filter in the housing without drying it out, it will mildew and ruin the filter. I learned this the hard way the first year I had the filter.
Overall this is a very good filter and like I said I have used mine for over 10 years and it still works just like I took it out of the box. I don't go on a backcountry trip without this filter in my gear. I highly recommend it!!