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Katadyn Hiker Microfilter Review

The other day as I was hiking into a stream with two clients, bogged down with six bottles of water, I was thinking that there has to be a better way. In the past, I have tried the Seychelles Filtration Flip Top Bottle but it is designed as a personal water bottle, plus it was very difficult to get water to come out of it. I ended up using just a few times and tossed it.

Seychelles Filtration Bottle

Seychelles Filtration Bottle

I needed a way to limit the number of plastic bottles primarily for the environment and also to reduce the amount of weight I was carrying on each trip. Not to mention these water bottles were shoved in my pack and always in the way. It was time for a trip to REI. I needed something that would fit into my Orvis Guide Sling Pack and it had to have the capability of filling multiple water bottles from any water source. After looking at several options, I ended up purchasing the Katadyne Hiker Microfilter. It weighs 11 oz which it lighter than one 16.9 oz bottle of water and will filter 200 gallons of water. It removes bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores and sediments which means it is very safe to drink.

Katadyn Hiker Pro

Katadyn Hiker Pro

Being able to safely pump water out of a stream or lake will cut down on waste and allow me to carry more fishing stuff and fewer water bottles. Yesterday I used it for the first time and it worked great. This will be a much used piece of equipment.

Picture from Katadyn Website

Picture from Katadyn Website

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About Cinda Howard

Cinda Howard has been an Arizona fly fishing guide for several years. She’s spent her whole life fishing and picked up a fly rod in 1996. She worked for the Orvis Company as a Fly Fishing Manager for eight years before branching off and starting her own business in 2012. Cinda spends a considerable amount of time instructing people on the sport of fly fishing. Cinda has been featured in several fly fishing articles and books (“Fly Fisher’s Guide to Arizona” by Will Jordan, “Arizona’s Official Fishing Guide” by Arizona Highways and Arizona Game and Fish Department) as an expert on fly fishing Arizona. She is extremely passionate not only about fly fishing but also about teaching others. She hosts trips all across the world and has taken customers fly fishing in Alaska, Belize, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and The Bahamas. Cinda loves to fish for trout, steelhead, pike, carp, bonefish, tarpon and anything else that will eat a fly. She is a past President of Desert Fly Casters and is a Zane Grey Trout Unlimited board member.

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