User Review: Katadyn Vario Microfilter
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90
Know your equipment and it will preform for you.
- After 3 plus years still works great!
Have used this filter for two years now, hiking, hunting, fishing and just about every time my family goes camping.
Have not had the trouble that others have had. You have to service it after every outing, but that's no different than any other piece of gear you own. You have to take care of your equipment if you want it to work when you need it.
Update: August 15, 2011
This is an update of the Katadyn Vario filter.
My wife took it on a four-day trip last week, with five others. There was a total of three water filters including our Katadyn. On the second day they missed a spot that they should have filtered water and by the time they reached the river most of the people had run out of water and one lady was in serious need to rehydrate.
The river was glacier fed and very silty. The group started to filter water and one by one the filters all stopped. Now we had just bought a new filter and the ceramic filter, so I can't talk about the others. The Katadyn was the only one that was still functional the rest of the trip. Even after servicing and cleaning the others just didn't work. The Katadyn leaked a little but continued to filter for the group the rest of the trip.
When my wife got home we took it apart, the filter was pretty much shot even after a thorough cleaning. The other filters are good name brand filters, but it just show what a quality piece of equipment the Katadyn is.