Sometimes we tend to overlook our most vital needs because they are so readily available to us. Besides oxygen the second thing we need the most is water. And we are 80% water so it is true when we say “we are what we drink”. The lack of a water filter that suits your needs will be a sure reason to cut your trip short. So do yourself a favor and get a water filter that will work for you and the people with you.

Katadyn Hiker and Hike Pro water Filtration Units

The Katadyn Hiker is the best selling microfilter in the US Outdoor Market. Lightweight and easy to use design is the best choice for all around use. Unique, pleated cartridge design provides fast and easy pumping. Convenient and handy for 1–2 people (e.g. while hiking or trekking). Compatible with hydration bladders. Includes: Prefilter, bottle adapter and carry bag.

Geek Tip: If your looking for filtration, I can tell you that Katadyn is a solid performer over the long haul. I’ve used Katadyn filters on 3 to 7 day trips and they have never let me down. 


Katadyn water pump

The Sawyer Mini water filter

It weighs only 2 oz. and performs like a super champion. It has a  warranty of 100,000 gallons! They are much lighter than other systems and weight matters when backpacking and they work off of gravity so no more pumping.

With all the benefits that hollow fiber technology brings to the table, it may be time to switch from the old paper water filter. Hollow fiber technology is here and it’s here to stay. One of the companies making hollow fiber water purification devices is Sawyer.

We love the Sawyer System and it has passed our gear testing process.



Sawyer water system


Whatever water filter method you use make sure to do your research and make sure you understand it’s limitations, so you do not have any unexpected surprises out on the trail.


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