Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
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- The convenient (and lazy) way for safe potable drinking water - just fill and hang
- No pumping required - ideal for camping, backpacking, canoeing, paddling, etc.
- Produces up to 2.5 gallons of treated water in just 15 minutes
- Uses field cleanable Hiker PRO cartridge
- Filters 200+ gallons of water (more when using Filter Protector)
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 11 x 13 inches|
|Item Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
FEATURES of the Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter The convenient way to treat large volumes of water - just fill and hang No pumping required - ideal for the growing camping market and groups Uses cleanable Hiker PRO cartridge SPECIFICATIONS of the Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter Micro Filtration Method: Antic log Technology: 129 square inches of pleated 0.3 micron glass fiber media Activated Carbon Core: reduces unpleasant tastes and odor from water Output: 16 oz / 0.5 liters/minute Cartridge Capacity: 200 gallons (750 liters), depending on water quality - use of filter protector will extend cartridge life Weight: 13 oz Height: 6" Includes: 2.6 Gallon Water bag, Removable Filter Protector, 48" Outlet Hose and On/Off Output Hose Valve This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Top Customer Reviews
I love the simplicity of the design. There are no "moving" parts, aside from the piece that screws on and off to replace the filter, and the plastic stopper at the end of the tube. When empty, this unit is very compact. And perhaps the best part of the design in terms of water filtration, which is sort of the whole point of this soon-to-be piece of your backpacking kit, is that the water goes directly from the filter to your cup. There is no opportunity for contamination in-between (provided you dispense directly, follow the directions, etc).
The potential weakness of this filter is that, if the bag is breached, it's a good deal less effective. I suppose that if the bag was punctured high up, it would still work ok, but if it got punctured down lower, I don't know if you could easily patch it. The bag is quite sturdy, a heavy synthetic canvas-type material with an inner coating or membrane, so I'm not too worried about that. Carrying one of these along with a pump and collapsible water bag would make for good redundancy in the water department. Recommended cleanup is to run a few cups of watered-down bleach before putting back in storage. In conclusion and in summary: This is a good, lightweight personal filter.
After buying I discovered they had changed the filter technology from using a high capacity ceramic filter (Camp model) to a disposable filter with a max life of 200 gal (Base Camp model). Now the product has no more capacity than a personal bottle filter. The fault is mine since 'Features' text is accurate.
I give it a low score because it no longer fulfills it purpose as a high capacity camp filter, due to cost and hassle of replacement filters. I would also not recommend for your emergency kit, because of the limited filter capacity.
F- Total Cost (filters add up)
If you are in Europe, you can still buy the Camp model with the ceramic filter that yields 5,000 gal life.
To begin with, the construction of the seal around the filter in junk. You have to get the plastic nut tighten just right or the o-ring will not seal properly and unfiltered water will leak out and contaminate clean water below. Flat out, this is poor design.
During the first backpacking adventure I took this product on the filter clogged quickly (after producing only ~4 gallons) resulting in a slow drip. It would take 8 hours to fill 1 liter. The filter is supposed to last for up to 200 gallons or something like that. All the water I ran through this product came from clear streams and rivers. It was a major let down, as this left us drinking iodine and smoky flavored boiled water, both of which taste awful. When I return from the trip I contacted the company. The customer service was decent, which is the only reason I am giving 2 stars. They informed me that "apparently" there is a lot of clear algae in N. Minnesota and that is why it clogged quickly. I guess they do their product testing in N. Minnesota; how did they not consider this issue? I decide to give it another go when they sent me a replacement filter cartridge and coached me on how to tighten the plastic nut.
Second Trip: The let down sequel. This time I brought a cheese cloth hoping to pre-filter some of the larger particles; this did not help. The filter clogged again after producing only a couple gallons. This time I was wise enough to bring a back up method to purifying H2O, two step water treatment tablets. I used the product correctly twice and it failed twice. I intend to try for a return the product for a refund.
I met another hiker using a small pump filter, and he had no complains about his getting clogged. I think his worked well because it have a small pre-filter before the main filter. There is no advantage to this product over the small pump styles if it just clogs immediately. I rather sit and pump then be stuck up a river without... well clean water. As far as backpacking goes, I'd say your taking a risk relying on this water filter.
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I purchased this filter as I really liked my hiker pro but wanted a large capacity hanging filter so that I did not have sit and pump but do other...Read more