Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

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Katadyn Pocket Microfilter The longest lasting most durable filter on the market provides up to 13 000 gallons of water. Used by militaries relief organizations and professionals who use their filter regularly and must have the best. Katadyn is the only company to use 0.2 micron silver impregnated ceramic to prohibit bacterial growth and extend cartridge life. Rugged stainless and aluminum design carries a lifetime warranty making the Pocket the last filter you'll ever need. Eliminates bacteria Giardia and Crypto. New easier to use handle anti-slip base and bottle clip makes pumping easier. The most rugged highest capacity microfilter available - Highest quality construction - Exclusive silver impregnated ceramic element lasts up to 13 000 gallons - Best Choice for long term use expeditions etc. Microfiltration Method: Field-cleanable 0.2 micron ceramic depth filter Output: Up to 1 quart (1 liter)/minute Cartridge Capacity: Up to 13 000 gallons Weight: 20 oz Height: 10" Includes: Hydration System Connector Prefilter Bottle Clip Zippered Carry Case Measuring Gauge and Cleaning Pad and Field Tips Mfg No: 8013618 Manufacturer: Katadyn Warranty: 20 year warranty

The robust 8013618 Pocket Microfilter is made of heavy duty materials, and is ideal for long-lasting continuous use--even under extreme circumstances. The silver impregnated ceramic element is effective against bacteria and protozoa, and will be able to produce up to 100 times more water than standard water filters. The Katadyn Pocket is the only water filter with a 20-year warranty.

Key Features:

  • Top-quality, durable materials offers unparalleled quality with a 20-year guarantee
  • Cleanable ceramic filter element provides not only for clear but also for very cloudy water
  • Can be used hundreds of times (not a disposable filter)
  • Long lasting and few movable parts--requires minimal maintenance
  • Improved hand ergonomics--even easier to pump
  • Measuring gauge supplied--indicates when the filter element should be changed

Ceramic filters have a micro porous structure with impregnated silver which delays the growth of bacteria. The pore-size of Katadyn ceramic filters is 0.2 micron (0.0002 mm). Bacteria range in size from 0.2 to 5 micron and, like protozoa (1 to 15 micron), are efficiently filtered out. Ceramic filters can be mechanically regenerated and the filter capacity is measurable.


  • Technology: 0.2 micron ceramic depth filter
  • Output: ca. 1 liters/minute
  • Cartridge Capacity: up to 50,000 liters (depending on water quality)
  • Weight: ca. 550 g
  • Size: 24 x 6 cm (9.8 x 2.4 inches)
  • Includes: Prefilter, bottle clip and carry bag

Why Treat Water?
A crystal-clear stream or lake usually contains microorganisms that can make you sick. Water contaminants like protozoa, bacteria and viruses, can cause serious illness. Optimize your travel preparation and use a portable drinking water system from Katadyn.

About Katadyn
Katadyn of Switzerland has been producing high quality portable water systems since 1928. Their history has been one of innovation and durability. Katadyn products are used by militaries, health organizations and outdoor adventurers world-wide. No other water system provides higher quality or longer lasting performance. Katadyn is the global leader in portable water treatment. With subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, and Singapore; Katadyn develops, produces and distributes high quality products which are used whenever safe drinking water isn't available--for travel, camping and humanitarian operations.

  • All-around filter for 1 to 4 persons
  • Great for long-term camping and trekking expeditions
  • Made of heavy-duty materials; 20-year warranty
  • Cleanable ceramic filter element--also filters very cloudy water
  • Measuring gauge supplied--indicates when the filter element should be changed

Customer Reviews:

  • great filter!
    I wont waste my time writing and also waste your time making you go through it. Read the other 5-stars review... I can sign below theirs 5-stars review. Great filter....more info
  • When it comes to purified water, reliability is critical
    The price is daunting, but its to hard overvalue reliable water purification. We backpack the desert southwest, so the penalty for failure is too great when it comes to water. This filter system is stout, robust and will take a beating and work the next day. I prefer the ceramic filter approach and have never had any problems. Avoid the cheap parts and suboptimal workmanship of other systems. I learned my lesson. I had the plastic version by another company, and after about 100 liters of pumping the O-ring blew. Lucky it was purifying the last liter before starting the day-long hump out. Back in civilization I find out they want $20 for a 5 cent part. I think not. Fool me once...
    After that I realized that quality, in this case, is the driving force. That's when I bought the Katadyn. Great investment. ...more info
  • Incredible Deal
    This is the most amazing water filter on the market. If you are looking for a cheap piece of junk with a plastic handle that might break, buy any of the others on the market. This is used around the world. I have used it in the US and abroad. My friend convinced me since he had used it on a mission trip in the Philippines. I talked to a guy who, while in Utah, could not find anything better than a mud puddle to drink from. He pulled out his Pocket Katadyn and it worked great. Other filters have a relatively short life span. Think about this. The Pocket has possibly a 13,000 gallon life on one filter. If you were to use this filter to pump only one gallon a day, you would need to buy a new filter element 35 years later. That's assuming your not normally drinking from a mud puddle. Even when the filter gets hard to pump and dirty, all you have to do is open it up and clean it out and it will pump smoothly again. If you consider the life span of this pump it may be the cheapest filter on the market. But if you are one of those people that like to buy cheap things that break and have to be replaced buy one of the cheap filters out there.

    True this one is a little heavier, but it is worth having a filter that will work and has a metal handle so you won't have to worry about breaking it. Although if you do drop it on a rock it is possible to break the filter element. So caution is still needed.

    I added the Carbon charcoal extension that enables you to drink from virtually any source. The extension was only around 10 to $12.

    This is the best filter on the market.
    Well worth the money.
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  • Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter
    There are trade offs among weight, size, and cost with the water filters I have used. This one is more expensive, smaller, and packs easier, but is a little heavier for its size due to the nature and quality of the materials utilized. Others are lower priced and made of lighter plastic materials, but occupy more space. I have used this on three and four day hikes. It performs as one would expect. Prepare to do a good deal of pumping to produce your water. I gave it four stars only because it would be nicer if the design incorporated hoses with a greater diameter to allow more water to be filtered with each pump. ...more info
  • Great product
    Works great, lightweight, stores well and compactly, is easy to use and gets water quickly....more info
  • The Classic, Reliable Water Filter You Can Trust To Drink From
    The Katadyn pocket has a well-deserved reputation for reliability and durability. It is one of the pricier filters but is also rated to pump much more water than its competitors. The Katadyn pocket isn't light (20 oz), but the better competitor pumps are also about 16 oz., so this isn't too much heavier. Some of the others pump a little faster, but they are usually 0.3 micron filters, whereas this is a better 0.2 micron filter. The Katydin pocket is also the only pump with a lifetime warranty (excluding wear of the ceramic filter). If you search the web, you'll find a lot of reports of the $75 pumps eventually breaking, so if you have to replace them (or their short-lived filters), you've already spent what it takes to buy this. This thing is pretty damn tough, and the only way to break it would be to take it apart and drop the inner ceramic filter.

    I've found it easy to use, though you need to hold it upright to keep water flowing. During trips through the Sierra Nevada, Utah and Wyoming this filter has never disappointed. Tips to extend the lifetime of these/reduce the need to clean:

    1) Use running water from streams/rivers whenever possible
    2) Position the floater so that water intake comes from the top of the stream and not the bottom (where a lot of sediment stirs about)
    3) Rubber band a coffee filter around the prefilter to keep large particles out.
    4) After pumping, unscrew the filter and drain the excess water. The filter is silver-impregnated though, to prevent microbial growth.

    If you want to keep your packing weight down, carry your water in collapsible water bladders instead of thick plastic bottles. You can buy a cheap adapter so that water is pumped from the filter right into the water bladder. If you search around the web you can find the Katydin Pocket for around 180 or less. I tend to pack light and have lots of fancy lightweight gear, but I am serious about my water sources and don't plan to compromise on this beauty.
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    This is an awesomely manufactured tool for outdoors or survival or self-reliance. We own and use in raw mountain streams in the Rocky Mountains....WORKS GREAT!! Katadyn claims the original ceramic filter is good for 13,000 gallons...and I believe it. This is outdoor, emergency prep, disaster survival and/or self-reliance gear you'll use for decades, and then pass down to your kids. Recommend unconditionally!

    Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

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  • Excellent product
    I have one of the originals from the early 80's that has seen many parts of the world and has always worked for me.
    Used extensively I have replaced the element several times.
    Cost means nothing compared to having the runs or worse.
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  • Katadyn Pocket Water Filter - A++
    I have to admit I haven't even used this water filter. My wife and I bought it in case of an emergency. I did an extensive amount of research and settled on this filter, as it seemed to be the most reliable and capable of filtering the most water, hands down. When we received the filter, we were both amazed at the quality. This is no Chinese product. It's extremely solid and feels like it will last for years to come. I was very pleased with my purchase....more info
  • Pricey but good
    I've used a number of different filters now. It's really a matter of what you want to spend your money on. This one is spendy but the quality is great and it's size can't be beat if you're constrained. I'd give it 5 stars if it was just a little cheaper....more info