Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter

List Price: $89.95

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Product Description

Katadyn Vario Microfilter The only water filter adjustable for different conditions. Combines the two best technologies ceramic and pleated microfiltration. Ultra fast flow (2 liters/minute). Replaceable carbon so water always tastes fresh. Microfiltration Method: Cleanable ceramic disc lengthens life of primary microfilter. 0.3 Micron high surface area pleated glassfiber microfilter removes waterborne bacteria and cysts. Replaceable carbon core reduces chemicals pesticides and bad taste in water. Output: Up to 2 quart (2 liter)/minute Cartridge Capacity: Up to 500 gallons (1875 liters) depending on water quality Weight: 15 oz Height: 6.5" Includes: Prefilter Deluxe Carry Bag and Cleaning Pad Mfg No: 8014931 Manufacturer: Katadyn

A member of Katadyn's Backcountry Series of water filters, the Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter is the first water filter that is adjustable for different conditions. It combines two leading technologies into one high-performance pump: ceramic for a longer life and pleated glass fiber for easy operation. The Vario offers a high output and also contains a replaceable carbon core to keep the water tasting fresh.

Key Details:

  • Output: Up to 2 quarts (2 liters) per minute
  • Cartridge Capacity: Up to 500 gallons (1875 liters)
  • Weight: 15 ounces
  • Height: 6.5 inches
  • Hose Length: 36 inches
  • Includes prefilter, cleaning pad, and deluxe carry bag

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.

From Backpackgeartest.org
The Katadyn Vario Microfilter is part of the backcountry series filter line. The manufacturer indicates this filter line is good for all round use. The manufacturer claims that this filter meets the industry standards for reduction of bacteria (99.9999% Klebsiella terrigena) and protozoan cysts (99.9 % Giardia and Cryptosporidium)...read the entire review

  • A simple turn engages a ceramic pre-filter for long life in dirty water or a pleated glass fiber filter in normal conditions
  • Produces up to two quarts per minute in the faster flow mode and one quart per minute in longer life mode
  • Replaceable carbon core keeps water tasting fresh; reduces chemicals, odors, and toxins throughout the life of the cartridge
  • Dual piston technology provides maximum output with minimum effort
  • Adapter base attaches directly to water bottles or an output hose can be used to fill hydration systems or larger containers

Customer Reviews:

  • Great purchase
    I've only used it once but the product worked great and the price was better than anywhere else....more info
  • Poor durability
    The inlet connector broke after the first day of our 7 day canoe trip. We are not rough with our filters as we have had our other filter for several years with no issues like this. We just wanted something that wouldn't clog so quickly.

    We spent the rest of the trip either floating in the water next to or leaning over the side of the canoe with the filter submerged to enable us to pump clean water. Also, there is a little plug under the ceramic filter that will stop all water flow if it gets pushed in. This seemed to happen if the pressure in the filter built up by pumping too quickly. We had to disassemble and reassemble the filter several times to correct this issue.

    When the filter was working, it was fast and filtered very well. The ceramic pre-filter was great. The water was clean, clear and tasted great. If this filter was more durable I would give it 4 or 5 stars.

    Hope this helps anyone in the market for a water filter....more info
  • great filter, pretty fast, good tasting water
    as the title says, this is a great filter. One of the faster ones I've used in a long time, though there MAY be faster ones out there, I'd be aftaid to see what they cost.
    water pumped through tastes just like it came out of my Brita pitcher at home, though I'd never trust the Brita pitcher to remove the nasties that this filter does (namely crypto and giardia)
    I like that I can screw my nalgene (wide mouth only I believe) directly to the bottom rather than mussing with an extra hose... though you DO have that option if you are using a bladder system....more info
  • Clean Water in the Amazon
    I recently went to the Ecuadorian Amazon and spent a week living in the rain forest with indigenous people. I went on long treks and relied on the Vario to deliver drinking water from streams I passed on the way. The fact that I never got sick is a testament to the effectiveness of the Vario.
    It was easy to hook up directly to my CamelBak, so there was no chance of contamination. Whenever I used it, I had it in the "longer life" setting where you pump a little less water per minute, but it passes through both filters inside. I've used several other filters and the speed and ease which I was able to fill up my 100oz Camelbak is far superior to any of them. The pumping motion is easy to use and it pumps a lot more water even on the "Longer life" (slow) setting than other filters.
    Overall I think it is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone traveling to locations where you don't know if you can trust the water....more info
  • Worked Great
    Purchased to take on Scouting Backpacking and hiking trips. I used it for refilling approximately 40 - 32 oz water bottles on first trip. Water filtered was from a fairly clear creek, so I set the filter to the extended life setting and still pumped water at an incredibly fast rate (seemed much faster than advertised). Other Adult leaders were amazed at its speed and soon were asking to borrow it rather than use their model (the one I used to borrow). The water tasted great!!!

    We later found out that one of the older Scouts was drinking water straight from the Creek without filtering and/or treating with chemicals. That scout ended up vomiting during the trip. Not sure if it was related or not. No one else got sick and we were a group of 30.

    Once I got home, I proceeded to clean the unit, very easy to do. This is now an essential item for each of my future trips. Be sure to use it at home prior to taking out into the field. You will want to flush out the carbon black dust and make sure it works prior to your trip. This is a well constructed unit. However, I recommend that you bring some back-up chemicals just in case you break it. You wouldn't want to be left without safe water.
    ...more info


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