One of the nice things about the Katadyn Microfilter is it’s ease of use. Normally when hiking I drink out of my Platy or my Nalgene bottle. I fill my Nalgene with Tang, or Gatorade. The draw back however is my Nalgene in full of liquid, and heavy. Using the Katadyn Microfilter, I can drink as I come across a stream, or river. I can carry it with no water inside, thus saving weight.
On one of my summer hikes this year, I only filled my platy half way, and relied on getting most of my water with the Katadyn Micro only. It worked great. Not only did it save me weight, but saved me time. I didn’t have to stop to pump my water into my Platy or Nalgene Bottle. Every time I crossed a river, I stopped, dunked my Microfilter, and sucked the water til it was gone. At .02 liters you can get plenty of water each time you fill up.
Meets EPA standards for removal of Giardia and bacteria. Additional carbon filter reduces chemicals and makes water taste better. Delivers 160 refills per replaceable cartridge, plus can later be upgraded to an Exstream purification system.
This is a great gear addition in the summer Spring when water is plentyfull.