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Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System
|Price:||$39.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- 0.1 micron water filter removes harmful organisms like bacteria 99.9999% and protozoa like Giardia & Cryptosporidium 99.9%, surpassing EPA standards
- Collapsible 0.6L hydrapak soft bottle flask packs down small to fit in tight spaces (pant or jacket pockets, purses, cycling jerseys, fly vests
- Ez-clean Membrane is simple and easy to clean by simply shaking or swishing the filter to clean debris, no backflushing or extra tools required
- Filters up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water without using chemicals or other devices and • hydrate quickly and easily with the free flow channels fast flow rate
- Stay clean drink nozzle keeps the mouthpiece clean and sanitary (replaceable with standard plastic water bottle caps)
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Water When You Want It!
Water on Demand
There's no time to suck! Free Flow Channels let water flow fast enough to keep up with you, leaving you fully hydrated.
Smash, Stash and Go
Collapsible 0.6L Hydrapak Flask allows for easy filling and packs small to fit into tight spaces (running, shorts, cycling jerseys, paddling or fishing vests, etc.).
No backflushing. No clumsy tools. Maintain the EZ-Clean Membrane quickly and easily for longer life and more enjoyment. Simply shake or swish free the debris and be on your way.
Drink Water, Not Dirt
The Stay Clean Drink Nozzle keeps dirt on the ground and out of your mouth.
About Katadyn Products
Katadyn’s unique products provide safety and convenience for many user groups including militaries, health organizations, and outdoor adventurers worldwide. No other water system provides higher quality or longer lasting performance.
Katadyn provides you with a water system for every need – including traveling, camping, backpacking, sailing, paddling, fishing, and biking.
BeFree 0.6L Microfilter
Tested. Proven. Trusted.
With Katadyn's strong 90 year reputation, you can rest assured you have a rugged, reliable product that will keep you safe in any situation.
- BeFree's 0.1 micron water filter removes harmful organisms like bacteria 99.9999% and protozoa like Giardia & Cryptosporidium 99.9%, surpassing EPA standards
- EZ-Clean Membrane is simple and easy to clean by simply shaking or swishing the filter to clean debris, no backflushing or extra tools required
- Filters up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water without using chemicals or other devices
- Hydrate quickly and easily with the Free Flow Channels fast flow rate up to 1L per minute
|Item Dimensions||9.1 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.81 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.2 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
Winner of Runner's World Gear of the Year Award. With the Katadyn BeFree™ Water Filtration System, you no longer have to worry about where your next drink will come from. Just fill up the flask and let the EZ-Clean Membrane™ do the work. Gently squeeze the flask for instant refreshment. Maintain the EZ-Clean Membrane™ quickly and easily for longer life and more enjoyment. Simply fill the flask with water, attach the cover and shake free the debris. Or, remove the filter from the flask and swish in any lake, river or stream. And when you’re ready to hit the road, the collapsible flask packs small to fit into tight spaces. Just smash, stash and go!.Hydrapak® Soft Flask is longer lasting, rugged, high-tech, flexible, BPA-free..No backflushing and no clumsy tools. Simple shake or swish the EZ-Clean Membrane™ in the water and be on your way..0.1 micron hollow fiber technology..For solo use..Suitable for cloudy water..Lightweight and portable..Flow Rate: 1 liter per minute..Tested to 1000 L, depending on water quality..Wt. 2 oz (58g)..Size: 9.1 x 2.8 x 2.8 in (23.2 x 7 x 7 cm)..
Top customer reviews
- This is a biological filter. It is designed to reduce water borne illness due to microbes. It filters down to 0.1 microns. It states in the instructions that it filters to 0.2 microns. I'm not sure as to why the discrepancy. This removes dirt, sediment, microbes and most cloudiness from water. It doesn't remove viruses which are smaller than 0.2. For added protection in unknown water supply areas you will want to also carry and treat your water with a disinfectant such as Katadyn Micropur MP1 tablets.
- This is not a chemical filter. Do not add know chemically contaminated water. It won't filter that like activated carbon would.
- Be very careful with the filter. The tiny straws can be damaged easily. All it takes is for one of the tiny straws (looks like about 50 or so in the filter) to be damaged and dirty water will have a bypass channel. It says to only clean by shaking, swishing or back flushing. Do not put sideways under running tap water, microwave or use high heat as it can melt the plastic parts. This is important to remember.
- Be mindful of unfiltered water running down the sides of the bottle and mixing with the filtered water stream. I dry the outside of the filter off with my shirt before inverting and drinking from it for this reason.
- You do need to give it a one complete fill rinse before the first use so as to remove any particles from the manufacturing process. After that your good to go. I also rinse my with tap water briefly when I get home. I don't leave the tap water in it as the chlorine could damage the filter. Just a quick rinse and then air drying with the cap off.
I like the size and portability of this filter. The water filters thru the micro tubes without too much pressure being required when new. It is both fast and easy to use and so easy to carry on you at all times. The squeezable bag portion of the filter seems like it is durable and will hold up to all 1000 L of filtering that it is suppose to be able to handle. That would be 2000 fill-ups. I do think the contamination level as well as how often you clean it will play a huge part in this number. It will start getting harder to get water out of it as it clogs. 4 stars for a unique and needed "no excuse for not carrying it" design. It is simple to use and and it works.
But then I started using the Befree on some Scout outings and, well, it's winning me over. The main thing I'm really happy with is how the bottle collapses when empty...it just rolls right up, taking up very little room in an otherwise crowded daypack. This feature also makes it, come to think of it, valuable for trips to countries where you aren't 100% comfortable with the water quality. Really, it takes up very little room when packed up like this.
As for performance, well it's of course easy to set up, being that there are very few components to it. Attention has been paid to practical use when this was designed too, as the bottle opening is plenty big to get a fill up. And as for actual use, well, you know you're drinking through a filter because the flow is somewhat restricted, but it's not overly restricted. Really, drinking from this is quite comfortable. I'm really happy that it is a tool-free design as well...everything from cleaning to routine maintenance to a decent amount of troubleshooting can be accomplished in the field without tools. It's really an easy to get along with design that happens to effectively filter water for drinking.
Now, the sticking point (for some) is the capacity...it's billed at a 0.6 liter capacity, though the hash marks on the bottle go up to 0.5 liter, which I think is the actual practical limit. This puts it, as I mentioned before, in kind of a weird niche. I think it would be useful to have on extended backcountry trips as a backup water filter...it's very light and compact. It's useful to have in an emergency bag, certainly. And yep, if you're traveling abroad and want to avoid water issues, this would be useful to have as well. So maybe the issue here isn't that the niche is too narrow, but rather too wide. It certainly has utility across a wide variety of situations. Certainly when using it I was able to fit it (while filled) in my thigh pocket, and it was more convenient to drink from on the go than my USGI canteens. So yes, it pretty much won me over I think - for an easy, practical, do-most-anything water filter, it's hard to do better than the Befree. I'm really liking it. A lot.
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But easy to use.