Best Katadyn water filter?

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Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby mandragara » Fri 29 Jun, 2018 12:18 am

I'm looking to get a water filter because I'm tired of ruining the taste of fresh water with tablets.

Looking at the Katadyn Mini because it's pretty light.

Anyone have any experience? I'd like it to be suited to just river\stream water but able to handle terrible water in a pinch.

I won't drink untreated water, simply because I can't risk getting sick, even though it tastes purer than any bottled water...
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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby emma_melbourne » Fri 29 Jun, 2018 12:51 am

I suggest looking at the Ketadyn Befree water filter, which is compatible also with Hydrapak 2L or 3L "Seeker" bottles.

I personally have 1 x Ketadyn BeFree filter which comes with a 600 ml small soft bottle, and 2 of the Hydrapak 2 L Seeker bottles. That gives me 4.6 L of water, and super-easy to use.

You can drink straight out of the filter.

Or you can run it through similar to a Sawyer Squeeze but it's actually better. See review by Follow Bigfoot review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rujqQVW3kWU


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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby Al M » Mon 09 Jul, 2018 1:22 am

The specs for this says it filters to 0.1 micron particles but virus like Hepatitis A in water are down to 0.027 micron so they can potentially pass through. There is more info about various water treatment methods here

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/pdf/dr ... atment.pdf

The safest is to use both filtering and chlorine still or UV device treatment.
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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby CoachJoshW » Tue 06 Nov, 2018 10:50 am

emma_melbourne wrote:I suggest looking at the Ketadyn Befree water filter, which is compatible also with Hydrapak 2L or 3L "Seeker" bottles.

I would second this. I use the 650ml bottle for personal use and if I am doing a lot of camp-cooking, I use a Hydrapak 2l Seeker.
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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby Mongoose » Wed 07 Nov, 2018 12:02 am

I used to have a katadyn pocket which was awesome but heavy, now looking at an MSR Trailshot for lightweight hiking.
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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby CoachJoshW » Thu 08 Nov, 2018 2:58 pm

Mongoose wrote:I used to have a katadyn pocket which was awesome but heavy, now looking at an MSR Trailshot for lightweight hiking.


I would avoid the Trailshot. From personal experience, the filter doesn't last. I have been without a filter on the trail because of this filter. If you want lightweight, the Katadyn BeFree has been an amazing filter that works faster than the Trailshot.
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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby rcaffin » Thu 08 Nov, 2018 5:35 pm

You could of course upgrade to the 21st century and switch to UV treatment. The Steripen is the standard. And yes, it clobbers everything.

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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby Warin » Thu 08 Nov, 2018 6:03 pm

rcaffin wrote:You could of course upgrade to the 21st century and switch to UV treatment. The Steripen is the standard. And yes, it clobbers everything.


Bugs - yes.
Chemicals - no. For that a pre-filter of activated charcoal would be nice.
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Re: Best Katadyn water filter?

Postby Mongoose » Fri 09 Nov, 2018 9:41 am

CoachJoshW wrote:
Mongoose wrote:I used to have a katadyn pocket which was awesome but heavy, now looking at an MSR Trailshot for lightweight hiking.


I would avoid the Trailshot. From personal experience, the filter doesn't last. I have been without a filter on the trail because of this filter. If you want lightweight, the Katadyn BeFree has been an amazing filter that works faster than the Trailshot.


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