Katadyn Vario water microfilter is an exceptionally great lightweight and compact design which combines both fiberglass and ceramic filters.
This is a water filter tool which very effectively removes bacteria and cysts from water. It is ideal for backpackers, hikers, mountaineers, and travelers.
Where to buy & price
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
In my another post about 5 ways to purify water for drinking, I have mentioned Katadyn Vario as one great example of filters which combine both ceramic and fiberglass filters. You can see the internal structure of this tool in the picture on the right.
A standout feature of the Katadyn Vario is a rather high water flow output. This is because of the clever dual action pumping system design. The water is pumped both on the upstroke and the down stroke.
Another dual system is related to the two filters incorporated in the system. So here you can choose which filter you are going to use.
The ceramic filter is disk-shaped. It is easily cleanable and much more durable than fiberglass filter. But ceramic flow output is lower than in the case of the fiber due to 0.2-micron pore size. So the ceramic filter’s role is essential in case of very dirty water.
So the actual water output is either 1 or 2 quarts of water per minute, dependent on the filter you use.
You have also granular activated carbon incorporated here, used to remove eventually unpleasant taste of the water, and it can also reduce some chemicals as well. The carbon in the filter is, in fact, replaceable.
The way of choosing the filter in any moment is simple, just by turning the upper part of the tool to point for example to ‘faster flow’. In this case, the system will use the fiberglass filter together with the carbon core inside. This option is perfect if you are using water from some relatively clean mountain stream, a great option indeed for my tours in the Alps.
If you are dealing with dirty water you will turn the upper part to point to the mark ‘longer life’. In this position, the water will be pumped through the ceramic filter. The meaning of the term ‘longer life’ is simply prolonging the usability life of the fiberglass filter.
It should be said also that the design of Katadyn Vario is such that it screws into the top of most 32 oz water bottles. You can see this in the picture here.
Here is a promotional video by Katadyn about this tool, please have a look:
Technical specifications & summary of features
- Weight: 15 oz (425 g).
- Length: 6.5 in (16.5 cm).
- Cartridge life expectancy: up to 530 gal (2000 l).
- Use: backpacking, camping, traveling.
– giardia, cryptosporidium
– 99.99% of bacteria
– 99.90% of cysts
– 99.90% of protozoa
– bad taste
– 0.2 micron ceramic
– 0.3 micron fiberglass.
- Flow rate: 0.53 gal/min (2 l/min).
- Package includes:
– ceramic prefilter disc,
– microfilter cartridge,
– intake hose with modular prefilter which you put into the water source,
– carry bag,
– output hose with bottle clip,
– cleaning pad,
– silicone lubricant,
– operating instructions,
– hard cap that fits over the bottom of the gadget; you can attach the water battle directly to this hard cap.
- The material of construction: ABS plastic.
Katadyn Vario water microfilter is a very popular tool and you may get some idea about it from the number of reviews by users on Amazon, 370 of them and with the average rate 4.6/5, quite impressive indeed, see it in the picture here on the right. You see that 266 people out of 370 gave a 5-star rate to this tool.
But there are also some complaints, tough not many. Only 11 people out of 370 gave it 1-star rate.
- My rate: 9.3/10.
For updates regarding the price please follow the links given above. You might get free shipping as well.
Thank you for reading. Please share your opinion if you have experience with this tool. There is a comment box below. Have a nice day.