Katadyn Pocket Microfilter
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- Filter Material: ceramic (silver-impregnated)
- Purifying Element: (carbon cartridge bottle adapter SOLD SEPARATELY) activated carbon
- Output: 1 L/min
- Removes: giardia, sediments, algae, cryptosporidia, particles, protazoa
- Field-Cleanable: yes
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For over fifty years, the rugged, metal Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter has proved its ability to provide military personnel, emergency crews, and outdoors enthusiasts the gift of clean water. While backpacking through a large patch of wilderness, you rely on the Pocket's silver-impregnated ceramic filter to remove all the germs and microbes from the streams and rivers along the journey.
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There are some less expensive alternatives but I am unwilling to risk it for my #1 preparedness priority. I like the idea of life straws but it seems more convenient to me to be able to pump for a few minutes and have a few liters of drinking water wherever I want to take it. Plus this has a much longer lifespan.
The plastic body leaves me a little hesitant to state it feels solid, but it truly does regardless of the flex when pumping water. The design makes it seem relatively simple to replace the plastic part if it ever were broken, but i wouldn't go out of my way to try it. The actual internal mechanism is quite solid.
It is a little heavy, but to be expected from a mostly metal filter that feels as reliable as this one.
Life Straw is compact, lightweight, and inexpensive, good for survival.
Sawyer is a good bang for the buck
Lifesaver Bottle filters out viruses as well, bit bulky and slow flowing, little pricey.
Katadyn Pocket Filter really is quality, good flow, simple and easy to fill up your water containers.
-It is expensive, but you are getting your hard earned cash out of it, because this filter is built strong, comes with a 20yr warranty, and water is one of the necessities needed to survive, why go cheap on your own safety and well being? It is a little heavy for a filter, but then again, when you really need water, are you going to trust your $20 plastic filter? Or are you going to trust you expensive aluminum filter. Ill carry the extra 1lb.
My wife and I like to hike and camp. As such, we often encounter the need to refresh/refill our camelbacks (water pouches) or water storage apparatuses in very remote places. This product does a great job at delivering a safe feed of water to our bag and water apparatuses. The only down fall is the water transfer is slow and the ceramic filter needs cleaned often (perhaps just a factor of water supply). However, for now, this product fits our every need and is relatively light weight, which is important when hiking long distances.
The only down side that we might face is in the winter months. Logically, this product needs to be kept above freezing at all times or you will risk any moisture left in the filter's pore to freeze, expand, and thus crack your ceramic filter, rendering it useless. As such, perhaps carrying it close to your warm back in a frame-pack while hiking is a great idea, we just have not figured it out a method for camping since you wouldn't want to carrying it on your person at all times. Just a little fuel for thought.
In either case, this product is great for our Spring, Summer, and Fall trips when boiling water for sterilization is not an option. On a side note, though we do trust this filters abilities, we still boil the water when camping via we have the means to easily do so and there is no reason to take a chance in that case. However, for our current needs, this product works great.
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As a paramedic and ex combat medic, throw in some recent trips to suspect areas. Having treated many people with stomach cramps to ...well... I wont go into it here, lets just say you dont want it. Water! quality water. I always have clean water. Whilst going through some countries, I found I was the only one not getting sick. My trick is treated even bottled water the same as swamp water (Almost) you just never know whose hands or where that bottle has been.
Okay. I wanted a top of the range product, hard wearing and just works! i was looking for tough and field cleanable. I was bored so I googled, youtubed and read articles. There was one clear winner with no close second.
Some of the articles on you tube are well done and that sold me.
I live in Australia, checked for the best price and, you know what! Amazon was not only the best price, the delivery beat my other US orders by a week.
Price, quality, reliability, speed of delivery Amazon won. Even Ebay was not even close, although i did see a fake unit out of Korea.
I spent 8 hours on this product, because, I am worth the effort and didnt want to get sick and spoil a trip just because I was drinking suspect water. Even clear water can make you very sick.
I hope my effort in writing this will save others time, money and effort. I am very happy with this product and service
I do have a strong backround in Environmental Science relating specifically to water and know this arena well enough to state that a system like this is one of those must have items for anyone concerned about their clean water needs in any environment, I highly recommend it.