Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Katadyn Vario Multi Flow ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping. Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Minor cosmetic imperfection on top, front or sides of item (affecting less than 1% surface area). Item will come repackaged.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$74.99
+ $6.27 shipping
Sold by: Mel Cotton's Sporting Goods
Add to Cart
$76.03
+ $6.75 shipping
Sold by: OIG Brand Management, LLC
Add to Cart
$84.30
+ Free Shipping
Sold by: FuddleBucks

Katadyn Vario Water Filter

4.5 out of 5 stars 425 customer reviews
| 45 answered questions

List Price: $89.95
Price: $74.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: $14.96 (17%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
One Size
    This fits your .
  • Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
  • Dual pumping modes
  • Removes particles
  • Activated Carbon reduces chemicals
  • Suitable for backpacking
  • Glass fiber filter
  • A simple turn engages a ceramic pre-filter for long life in dirty water or a pleated glass fiber filter in normal conditions
  • Produces up to two quarts per minute in the faster flow mode and one quart per minute in longer life mode
Show more
61 new 1 used from $63.74
$74.99 & FREE Shipping. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Katadyn Vario Water Filter
  • +
  • Replacement Carbon for Vario Dual Technology Filter
  • +
  • LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Total price: $107.95
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Size: One Size

Technical Details


Product Description

FEATURES of the Katadyn Vario Water Filter Combines the two best technologies - ceramic and pleated microfiltration Ultra fast flow (2 liters/minute) Replaceable carbon so water always tastes fresh

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 4 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002IAL1IK
  • Item model number: Katadyn
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

From the Manufacturer

Vario Dual Technology consists of a high-performance glass fiber filter, and a ceramic pre-filter th

A simple turn engages a ceramic pre-filter for long life in dirty water or a pleated glass fiber filter in normal conditions.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Size: One Size
I recently went to the Ecuadorian Amazon and spent a week living in the rain forest with indigenous people. I went on long treks and relied on the Vario to deliver drinking water from streams I passed on the way. The fact that I never got sick is a testament to the effectiveness of the Vario.
It was easy to hook up directly to my CamelBak, so there was no chance of contamination. Whenever I used it, I had it in the "longer life" setting where you pump a little less water per minute, but it passes through both filters inside. I've used several other filters and the speed and ease which I was able to fill up my 100oz Camelbak is far superior to any of them. The pumping motion is easy to use and it pumps a lot more water even on the "Longer life" (slow) setting than other filters.
Overall I think it is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone traveling to locations where you don't know if you can trust the water.
10 Comments 305 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Size: One Size
Since I've got a lot of water filter/purifiers, I feel I can safely and objectively compare my experience with them in reviewing this Vario. For sure, it's a little heavier and bulkier than say, a Hiker Pro. At it's best, it works great. At it's worst...well, more about that later.

First the pros and cons;

Pro;
1. It can pump fast and with only mild effort. The bidirectional pump action can really move the water, especially if you have it setup to bypass the ceramic disk.
2. I love the threaded bottle adapter built in to the base. Very nice if you're used to trying to balance everything on rocks!
3. The charcoal bit removes most unpleasant flavors. Mind you, if the water really smells horrible to start with, you're limited with what the charcoal can do.
4. Good instructions, packaging, decent carry bag, little tube of silicon lubricant is a nice touch from a reputable company.

Cons:
1. It can refuse to start pumping. The wonderful piston/valve assemblies that move so much water can 'air-lock' and stop pumping. And it can take quite a bit of voodoo/fiddling to get it pumping again.
2. Any filter with a ceramic portion needs a silt pre-filter to prevent clogging. This one is no exception. (A silt pre-filter will also greatly extend the life of the pleated paper filter cartridge.)
3. The fragile plastic inlet barb sticks out awkwardly toward the back and is very unprotected. I suspect it's no accident that the inlet barb is always positioned where it can't be seen in the product photos and videos.
4. In my experienced opinion, I believe there is a design flaw in the flow path. On the bottom of the paper filter there is an o-ring that separates the contaminated water from the filtered water output.
Read more ›
11 Comments 230 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Size: One Size Verified Purchase
I agree with consensus of prior reviews that it's good all around, faster than other models, but has some issues w/back pressure & leaking if you pump too fast or while using the "faster flow" setting instead of "longer life". The faster setting bypasses the ceramic filter (your biological nasty filter) and uses only the charcoal (some bio, chemicals & taste, like your average Brita filter).

I bought this instead of Katadyn's Pocket Microfilter (found for $179 on some sites at the time) for 4 main reasons:

1) ability to attach directly to Nalgene bottle. I'll be using this primarily while living overseas in areas w/questionable tap water, so this is a nice convenience. Don't think the Pocket filter allows this.

2)2-stage filter w/activated charcoal to remove chemicals, pesticides & bad taste. This option isn't available w/the ceramic-only Pocket Microfilter, and again was something I want specifically due to where I'm going. If chemicals aren't an issue where you'll be, this aspect might not matter to you.

3) Double-piston design for faster output & ease of use compared to the Pocket Microfilter. Pumping action was simple & ergonomic.

4) Cost. $80 is great compared to $180+. I may regret that mentality if/when this breaks, but for now it's a good deal.

Three things so far that I'm not excited about:
1) Although they state that the paper carbon "cartridge" is good for 500 gallons, the instructions say that the activated charcoal INSIDE the cartridge should be replaced about every 50 gallons or every 6 months, depending on chemical content/taste of the water. I felt deceived after discovering this omission from the reviews I read. Not printed anywhere in their online documentation, but REI does mention it.
Read more ›
7 Comments 296 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Size: One Size Verified Purchase
I've had mine out multiple times and so far it's worked flawlessly. One item to note is that the intake connection sticks out from the side of the unit and is plastic. I would prefer to have had it covered or protected but I just make certain I pack it so that part won't get stressed.

As others have said, this thing filters water extremely fast. I've not had to use it in situations where the water has been highly contaminated or loaded with sediment so I can't say whether it has issues in those situations. The bottom is sized to screw right onto many water bottles and hydration bladders which saves having to use the outlet tube (included). Since I don't camp every week, I follow the long-term storage instructions on the unit before packing it away. This involves running 1L of water with either Katadyn's water purifier tablets or a small amount of bleach through the unit. Next comes removal of the ceramic disc filter to be scrubbed off, and finally removal of the paper/carbon filter to allow it to air dry. After about 24 hours I put some included silicone lubricant on the O-rings and put it back together. I haven't replaced the activated charcoal yet but it's not difficult to find and not overly expensive. If the unit is dried properly the charcoal should last quite a while.

The filter parts have tabs which are designed to make certain the unit goes back together properly, but I have to wonder if some of the problems reported are the result of improper re-assembly after cleaning.

I will agree with others that it is a bit bulky (it doesn't present any problems for my pack) but it's also pretty light, and compared to some of the more compact units, this one produces a lot more filtered water a lot faster. As with most camping products, the buyer should consider the tradeoffs of ultra-small and lightweight vs. lower expense and more usability.
Comment 65 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: best portable bike pump, bike bags for water bottles