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The Reviews for portable water filters here will help you choose a suitable water filtering device to make water safe for drinking when hiking, backpacking and camping.

While camping is a great time for all involved, it can quickly become somewhat difficult for those in unsafe water areas.

For those, they will need to have have a solid camping water filter, or purifier as the water in many of these places is not clean enough for humans to drink.

We take a look at the best makes and models in the reviews to point you in the right direction including the popular katadyn water filter models, MSR and others.

Katadyn Water Filters

Katadyn is a Swiss company that's been producing products for over 80yrs. They're extremely popular among outdoor enthusiasts that need a reliable camping water filter system. Katadyn have many options to choose from which includes the Hiker Pro, Base camp, Pocket Microfilter and others.

Katadyn Water Filter Review »

Pocket Filter

  • Weight: 550 (gms) 20 (oz)
  • Material: Heavy duty
  • Capacity: 13000 (gal) - 50000 (L)
  • Output: 1 quart/min - 1 L/min
  • Dimensions: 10in x 2.4in - 25.4 cm x 6.1 cm
  • Filter: 0.2 micron ceramic filter (cleanable)
  • Approx Price: $300-$380

Katadyn Pocket Water Filter

The pocket filter is a top notch device that's great for hiking, backpacking and just about any other outdoor activity, when water needs to be filtered.

It's one of the best heavy duty portable filters for it's size, that's hard to find something negative about to report.

Katadyn Pocket Water Filter Review »

Base Camp

  • Capacity: 200(gal) - 700 (L)
  • Dimensions: (cm) 7.6 x 16.5 x 6.1 - (in) 3 x 6.5 x 2.4
  • Output: (gal) ~ 1 quart/min - (L) - .5 L/min
  • Weight: (grams) 310 - (oz) 11
  • Material: Heavy duty
  • Filter: Glass fiber and carbon (0.3 micron )
  • Approx Price: $80

Katadyn Base Camp

The base camp is designed for using at a camp site or the area you set up camp where a fair amount of filtered water is needed.

It uses a 2.6 gallon bag that contains the water which can hanged from a tree and doesn't need pumping action to filter the water. Suitable for a family, groups and others that need a filter at camp.

Katadyn Base Camp Review »


  • Capacity: [Gal] 13'000 (ceramic) 105 (carbon) - [L] 50'000 (ceramic) 400 (carbon)
  • Dimensions: (cm) 27 x 6 - (in) 12 x 2.4
  • Output: (gal) 1 quart/min - (L) - 1 L/min
  • Weight: (grams) 580 - (oz) 21
  • Material: Resistant plastics, stainless steel, silicone, ceramic
  • Filter: (0.2 Micron) Cleanable ceramic filter
  • Approx Price: $200 or less

Katadyn Combi Water Filter Review

The Combi is part of Katadyn's endurance range that is probably the best all rounder camping water filter that the company offers.

The ceramic filter is easy to clean, the unit is durable, makes water taste great and picks up good consumer ratings.

Katadyn Combi Water Filter Review »

Hiker Pro

  • Capacity: [L] 1150 (based on quality of water)
  • Dimensions: (cm) 7.6 x 16.5 x 6.1
  • Output: (L) - 1 L/min
  • Weight: (grams) 310
  • Material: Resistant plastics, stainless steel, silicone, ceramic
  • Filter: (0.3 micron) glass fiber pleated cartridge
  • Approx Price: $80 or less

Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter Review

The Hiker pro is an affordable camping water filter that may not have the capabilities of the Combi or Pocket filter, however, that's to expected because it's so much cheaper!

For those backpacking, hiking or trekking and needing a small unit to filter water on the go that costs below the $100 mark then it's well worth considering.

Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter Review »

Water Purifiers

First Need Water Purifier

First Need Water Purifier

The First Need water purifying products are produced by General Ecology. Two popular portable models for the outdoors are the First Need deluxe water purifier and the XL water purifier.

First need is one of the top brands worth considering and comparing to such brands like MSR, Katadyn and others..

First Need Water Purifier Review »

Steripen Adventurer

Steripen Adventurer

The Steripen company is situated in Maine (US) and have their products available in over 60 countries. For the outdoors they have a few products which includes the Steripen adventurer.

The adventurer is a battery operated device that purifies water by using ultra violet light removing 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses and protozoan cysts.

Steripen Adventurer Review »

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