An Overview Of The Katadyn Hiker Pro
A water filter for backpacking, camping and hiking trips, the Katadyn Hiker Pro is an alternative to chemicals and other older methods. It has a changeable filter that requires no tools, so that it can be done in the back country, and is generally well liked by users.
Chemicals are the traditional way to deal with the issue of contaminated back country water. Usually iodine, these tablets are dissolved in water to make it safe to drink. They are small and easy to use, and many hikers and backpackers swear by them. However, they do leave a noticeable, unpleasant taste.
Although the idea is a lot older, water filters for backpackers began to become popular in the last 15 to 20 years. This is because technology kept producing more efficient, smaller filters which became more practical for hauling along in the back country. Although it can still seem slow, output speed has greatly improved as well.
Modern filters are fully capable of handling these tasks, however, and the Katadyn Hiker Pro performs them well. Replacing chemical tablets with a filter allows hikers and backpackers to avoid the nasty taste of these ‘purifiers’ and actually purify their water. Now that these filters are light and efficient enough, many hikers have switched and would never switch back.
Filters have several ratings, and one of these concerns how big or small a particle must be to pass through or be trapped by the filter. This device is rated to remove anything larger than 0.3 microns, which means that it removes giardia, salmonella, and other organisms of concern. Like many others, it features a pre-filter which removes bigger debris which can shorten the length of the 0.3 micron filter.
Weight is a major concern of backpackers and hikers. This filter weighs only 11 ounces, which is more than a container of tablets but significantly less than carrying extra water. It is possible to hook this filter directly into your drinking tube if you have a water pack, or filter into almost any other container.
Receiving mostly good reviews, a few users note that the double-hose system is difficult to use if the water source is not easily accessible. Most commented on the great tasting water the filter produces, and the lightweight size. As with all filters, it is generally a good idea to carry chemical tablets in case it breaks in the field if you are going to be gone for more than a few hours.
If you do a lot of wilderness travel and want the best field water filters, the Katadyn Pocket Filter is your answer. The Katadyn Hiker Pro is its cheaper cousin which will also protect you from unsafe drinking water.