The Katadyn Pocket Water Filter is buit like a tank. It is tough and rugged which is very well-suited for mountaineering and trekking. I brought this filter when we climbed Mt. Apo and it served me and my buddies well. Sir Leo and I gathered water at the mountain lake and we drank it. So far we are alive 😀
I got this unit (mine is color blue) from a friend who seldom used it and I was lucky to be the one to have it. I was focused in buying the MSR filter but when I looked at reviews the Katadyn filter topped the MSR filter in terms of durability and usefulness.
The first time, I tested it using ordinary tap water (our tap water in Bacoor Cavite is not potable) and drank the filtered water. I was really nervous as my stomach is really sensitive to water impurities and oftentimes I get stomach pains. To my surprise I did not get any stomach pains at all (or worse LBM hehehe). The water was clear and clean. I knew then the filter was doing what its supposed to do.
Durability and usefulness are on TOP of the requirements (lightweight is another thing) when I look at mountaineering gears, and Katadyn Pocket Water Filter is on TOP of the list. You wont worry if it gets bumped at or accidentally, you drop it during a climb or trek. The solid Aluminum and plastic construction is really really tough!!! Try to break it and you will fail hehehe. I won’t hesitate to bring it during long treks and major climbs specially if carrying a lot of water is impossible.
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I rate this product 5-out-of-5 stars 🙂