The Katadyn Hiker is a very elegant piece of kit that packs neatly away into a rucksack. The unit comes with an inlet pipe with a pre-filter and float attached so you can filter the worst of the grime out before the water enters the filter. The pump is easy to use thanks to a great handle design and smooth action. The filter removes the bacteria and parasites, which is the most important priority for UK use. To help project the clean water into a suitable container, there’s a bottle adapter designed to slot into standard drinking water bottles. Everything performs well, and when you consider the price, the flow rate and the service life, this adds up to a very efficient means of obtaining clean water. But you’ll need to use Micropur (chlorine) at around £13 to be sure of removing all the viruses, and as this isn’t supplied it’s an additional cost. The bottle adapter is pretty useful –providing you use the type of bottle it can fit. Other units offer more fitting options. If you don’t need this level of performance there are lighter and cheaper options.
Filter type 0.0003mm glassfibre filter, carbon
Replacement cartridge £35
Effectiveness bacteria, parasites (viruses with additional Micropur (chlorine) – not provided)
Flow rate 1 litre per minute
Service life 750 litres
Packed size 16.5x7.6x6.1cm
Running costs 1 litre = 9.3p up to 750 litres; 1 litre = 4.6p over 750 litres
Made in USA
Number of stores in the UK 100+
Stockist details – tel. (01524) 822084; www.katadyn.com
The Katadyn Hiker is ideal for walking in the British hills; with the addition of Micropur it would be great for world travel too.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine June 2011