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Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter Review and Ratings

The Base camp water filter is a simple looking and functioning system, that's designed to provide a group of people with fresh water, practically on demand.

  • Easy to use
  • Less effort than pump filters
  • Lightweight, easy to carry
  • longer to filter than advertised
  • Replacement filters expensive
  • Filter may not last
Suitable for: Group, base camp, family camping.
Approx price: $80 US
Countries available: Worldwide (check with us or Katadyn)
Brand: Katadyn

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At First Glance

The water filter comes neatly and professionally packaged. Once everything is out of the pack the filter system looks pretty straightforward and simple. The instruction book is simple enough to follow and the filter is easy to put together. It packs relatively small for traveling purposes.

What Users Have To Say

Overall, ratings across the net rate this water filter at about 4.2 stars out of 5. While most of the Katadyn base camp microfilter reviews are quite positive there are a few users who experienced some problems, mainly with not making sure they brought a replacement filter along on longer trips.

It should be noted that while the filter protector can be cleaned and reused, the filter itself is not reusable and needs to be replaced.

That being said actual users of this water filter had this to say about it.

  • “Water tastes better than any Britta water filter I have at home.” (Amazon review)
  • “Perfect For big groups” (Amazon Review)
  • “Easiest filter I've ever used.” (Back Country Review)

As you can see from the sample comments that overall most users like this water filter and found it easy to use and provided great tasting water. Here's some of the things that users liked and didn't like about this filter to get a balanced view.

Pros and Cons Of The Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter

    What's smart ?

  • Easy to put together, good directions
  • Easy to use
  • Good tasting water
  • less work than those using pump type filters
  • Good for people who want a lot of fresh water
  • Pretty lightweight and easy to carry
  • Fairly durable

    What's not?

  • The filter doesn't last as long as it says when advertised
  • Replacement filters are costly
  • Some people also felt the filter did not last as long as it should do

Tips For Use

Several reviews offered tips for using the device that they felt makes the system work better and the filter work longer. New buyers may want to try using some of these tips.

  • Hang the bag high. This provides for faster filtration of your water.
  • Make sure you follow the directions for cleaning out the carbon dust before using the bag, and test for leaks prior to getting out in the wilderness.
  • When hanging the bag hang it so it does not rub on tree bark, although the bag is fairly durable constant rubbing can shorten the life of the bag.
  • If you fill the bag using a separate container you can keep the hose cleaner
  • Frequently rinse out the bag and clean the filter protector, this will help prolong the life of the filter.

Verdict - Conclusion

The Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter is a great device for those who tire from pumping pump type filters.

Designed for large groups it seems to purify plenty of water for large groups and families. While some people did have some problems with slow filtration and a shortened filter life span, the tips from other users seem to address these issues.

In conclusion, this seems to be one of the best gravity water filters on the market today, especially for the price.


  • Capacity (gal) ~ 200
  • Capacity (L) ~ 750
  • Dimensions (cm) 7.6 x 16.5 x 6.1
  • Dimensions (in) 3 x 6.5 x 2.4
  • Output (gal) ~ 1 quart/min
  • Output (L) ~ .5 L/min
  • Weight (grams) 310
  • Weight (oz) 11
  • Purifies and filters 2 1/2 gallons of water in 15 to 20 minutes
  • Easy to clean filter that is good for between 150 and 200 gallons of water when you use the filter protector.
  • No pumping required, gravity filter
  • Uses a field hiker pro cartridge
  • Will remove Protozoa, bacteria and taste

The Katadyn base water filter system includes: 2.6 gallon water bag , filter cartridge, lock ring for cartridge, hose and hose valve, instruction book, sponge, and silicone lubricant.

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