Monday, October 6, 2014

Katadyn Hiker Pro Review

In this video I show the Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter in use and then finalize the review with an in-depth table top analysis. If you are in the market for a water filter, you need to add this filter as a serious contender. The Katadyn, pronounced "CAT-UH-DINE" Hiker Pro is designed with the ultra-light backpacker in mind, but works well for the general woodsmen, survivalist or bush crafter just the same.

The filter purifies to 0.3 microns which removes bacteria and cysts to protect you from dangerous micro-organisms like Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Amoebic dysentery and the like. It does not filter for viruses, but unless you plan to use this in a third world country, you likely are not in an area where water-borne viruses are a problem. One such virus is Hepatitis A.

For most individuals this filter will be more than sufficient in allowing you to collect and safely consume water directly from its source without requiring the time and fire to meet the need to boil, or to use chemicals or tablets and compromise the great taste of a natural mountain stream or spring.

Below are a summary of the Katadyn Hiker Pro's specs:
-Includes a field maintenance kit with cleanable filter protector to extend the cartridge life in challenging conditions
-Approximately 48 strokes per min. provide 1 liter of clean drinking water
-Quick-connect fittings permit easy installation and removal of input and output hoses; hoses also connect directly to hydration reservoirs with 0.25 in. drink tubes
-Filter physically removes particles, protozoa and bacteria down to 0.3 microns in size, including giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidia and others
-Glass-fiber element is pleated for increased surface area to handle silt and muddy water
-Activated-carbon core adsorbs chemicals and pesticides to improve taste of water
-To clean filter protector, simply swish it in the water
-Pre-filter at hose inlet filters to 150 microns, removing larger contaminants before they reach the main filter to increase its life span
-Ergonomic pump handle is comfortable and easy to pump
-Includes a carry sack and bottle adapter that fits most water bottles
-Approx. 11 ounces
-6.5x3” with 36” hose

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