- Our opinion
Katadyn is considered the premier name in the world of backpacking,
trekknig and adventure travel water fitlers. But that is only one of
the reasons we carry them. The fact is, our backpacking testers have
used many of these Katdyn water filters extensively, and they like them.
Katadyn started in Switzerland in 1928. By the 1970s and 80s
it was considered the best water filter available, and also an extremely
expensive one. They still offer very expensive, top quality water filters.
Fortunately, you don't really need those expensive models for the vast
majority of backpacking and hiking, though I'm sure they'd be more than
happy if you did buy them.
The one we're recommending most highly is the Katadyn Hiker. This was
formerly the Pur Hiker. The story behind it is that the Pur Company
sold their backpacking line to Katadyn in 2001. So, the Katadyne Hiker
is actually the same as the Pur Hiker, only it now has the Katadyn name