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"Katadyn Hiker: Water Fresh" by Nutnfancy

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Published on Sep 11, 2012

At around 14 ounces, the Katadyn Hiker and Hiker Pro water filters are not light. But they are the best and most capable backcountry filters I have found and used. My experience with them dates back to the early 1990s (discussed) when they were sold under the PUR brand. These Katadyn versions are still well made and have the same proven capabilities. The video discusses and clearly show these in depth through many TNP backpacking adventures. The Hiker Pro offers a wrap around filter pre-screen and QD attachments. The latter I don't need but the filter screen is recommended as is wise selected of your source water. In good conditions these Hikers are rated at 200 gallons filtering capacity. They have seemed to provide that in my experience. Other competitive options are available and capable such as the MSR Mini Waterworks or Sweet Water, Katadyn Mini, Katadyn Pocket, Katadyn Vario, and many other low cost, "hokey" alternatives. Hokey to me means more work, less production, inability to reach water sources, hard pumping or requiring squeezing/sucking through a straw, and the worst, frequent clogging. The Hiker is none of those things and its design defines durability and ease of use. If you can pack it in you'll be glad you brought it. It's the world's best selling hiking filter for good reason.///////////////////////Nutnfancy Likability Scale: 9 out of 10 (only penalty is WEIGHT)

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