Katadyn Hiker/Hiker PRO/Base Camp Replacement Element

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REVIEW/REPLACEMENT WALKTHROUGH: A simple, easy to…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

REVIEW/REPLACEMENT WALKTHROUGH: A simple, easy to replace cartridge. With replacement, this will upgrade your Hiker model to the Hiker Pro! Added field serviceable filter protector extends filter life in murky conditions. 4 stars only because I think the replacement element is pretty expensive.

Pros

  • Easy replacement
  • Comes with all needed parts for maintenance
  • Easy to find for purchase

Cons

  • High price

Servicing my 20-year-old PUR Hiker this weekend, I decided to post a walkthrough of the filter cartridge replacement. This kit will maintain all PUR and Katadyn Hiker/Hiker PRO models. This model of element has been readily available for a long time, and I think it will continue to be. The replacement specification of the cartridge is every 300 gallons/1135 liters. It is also recommended to disassemble the filter after use to dry all parts out in order to prevent mold & bacteria growth. 

There are two main differences betwixt the Katadyn Hiker and Hiker PRO. One is the quick-connect for easily filling water reservoirs. The other is a removable filter protector. With the exception of the quick connect, buying a replacement filter will make your standard Hiker model now a Hiker PRO. I initially doubted the effectiveness of this protector, but after installation I think this will help a lot of users from shortening the lifespan of the element.


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Even with proper care, these cartridges can get pretty nasty... The blue cartridge on the left probably only had filtered about 100 gallons.

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Inside the box, you will also find a small tube of silicone grease to treat the o-ring. Without doing so, these filters become very stubborn. There is also a (quite nice) sponge for servicing the removable filter protector. 
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The protector feels like a textured piece of vinyl that has very small pores. The kit also comes with an additional plastic net to secure the filter protector.
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Here is an image of the new cartridge without the removable filter protector.

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And with the protector.
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It is also very important to clean and dry the inner housing of the filter itself. I have found it common to find little bits of silt and crud to remove. I also find it helpful to add more silicon grease to the threads. 
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I personally like to put a service date on the filter.
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And here is my ~20 year old PUR Hiker, ready to go for another round!
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I hope this review is helpful to everyone, thank you for your time!

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$45-$60! Wow! You can buy a Sawyer mini for under $30. I don't doubt Katadyn's quality (I own one), but they are behind the innovation curve these days. If they don't step up, they'll go the way of Kodak.


9 months ago