I bought this filter when it was made by "PUR" about 19 years ago, and I love it. You can drop the pickup tube in a mud puddle and pull clean water. Recently broke the pickup prefilter and "Katadyn" was able to supply the replacement part. Super customer service. And the replacement filters are the same but with improved filter screen. Great product that has lighten my load. I now carry less water down the trail because I can get clean water anywhere.
"Got the job done on my first backpacking trip..."
Some friends from college and I went backpacking and someone brought the Katadyn Microfilter along with us. It was a handy, easy to use filter. Pumping took a bit of time for larger bottles, but it it was nothing unreasonable. Definitely a handy first time/basic water filter. I can see how it would be annoying on a very long trip, but otherwise it was a great filter.
This is a reliable filter that does its job every time. It's not heavy, but it does take of some room in your pack. Regardless, it's worth it to me to exchange the space for the level of reliability this thing offers. It is, however, a bit of a slow process.
"If you must buy a pump-style filter, this is the one to get."
Katadyn makes what many people (myself included) feel are the best hand-pumped filters on the market; they are relatively easy to use, effective, and incredibly durable. This particular filter is second, IMHO, only to the much more expensive Katadyn Pocket filter. However, like all pump-style filters, these do have their problems; they're heavy, they're slow, and they require a fair bit of screwing around with. Unless you need to suck water out of very shallow pool or rivulet, I STRONGLY suggest the absolutely brilliant dual-bag gravity filter/inline system made by Sawyer. Unfortunately, Moosejaw has yet to carry Sawyer products, so....
from The Great (and Rainy) Pacific Northwest
I purchased the PUR model before Katadyn took over. I've owned this trusty filter for over a decade, and can honestly say it is a workhorse of a filter. With a little TLC and proper maintenance, it should last another ten years.
I have owned this filter for 5-6 years and it has done its job every time. I have replaced the filter once it was about $40. I have recently switched to a steri pen it is a 1/4 the wait and a lot smaller. I like that this filter is easy to use but if filtering a lot of water for a group it is find of a pain. Over all I think it's a good filter and will keep it around for a back up.
I've had the Miniworks since 2004, Hiker since 2006. I prefer the Hiker. Basically the same product, but the Hiker just packs up nicer. The handle lies up against the chamber, without sticking out like the Miniworks.Also, I don't know if it's available for the Miniworks, but the Hiker comes with an attachment for hydration bladder hoses. It's always such a pain to dig my bladder out of my pack to refill it. With the Hiker, I can plug the Clean output hose directly to my drink tube. Pump and fill my bladder while it's still in my pack.Both the Miniworks and Hiker allow you to fill a bottle, but the option to fill a bladder is OUTSTANDING.
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