Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter

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Convenience is everything when family camping at the beach, or rafting for days down the Colorado River. The Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter offers an accessible way to treat large volumes of water. No pumping is required. Just fill the water bag and hang; gravity is your friend. The Base Camp Filter uses the cleanable Hiker PRO cartridge, which contains a pleated glass fiber element that removes bacteria, protozoa and cysts from the drinking water.

Specifications

  • Hands free gravity filter for convenient water access
  • AntiClog Technology: 129 square inches of pleated 0.3 micron glass fiber media gives higher water output, and less frequent cleaning
  • Pleated glass fiber element removes bacteria, protozoa and cysts from the drinking water; including Salmonella, Colibacillosis, Vibrio cholera, Amoeba, Schistosoma (Bilharziasis), Giardia, Cryptosporidium
  • Active Carbon Core: reduces chemicals, pesticides, unpleasant tastes, and odor from water
  • Output: filters 16 oz. (0.5 liters) per minute
  • Cartridge Capacity: 200 gallons (750 liters) depending on water quality (use of filter protector will extend cartridge life)
  • Includes: 2.6 Gallon Water Bag, Removable Filter Protector, 48 inch Outlet Hose, On/Off Output Hose Valve
  • Height: 6 in.
  • Weight: 13 oz.

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

14 Reviews

Pros
  • Ease of use: 1

Cons
  • the plastic ring can be over tightened: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5

14 Ratings & Reviews

Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
April 02, 2010

An excellent product to filter water. My Scout Troop uses one on a regular basis. we are quite happy with it.

WindRiverSchues

Greatly improved over Katadyn pumps
June 18, 2010

Worn out two Katadyn Pro Hiker filter pumps. Both sprung leaks at the plastic welds at pump outlet. This gravity filter takes the work out of filtering. It is compact and light (packs to the same size as a pump). We've all got better things to do around camp than pump water.

Amazing! Thank you Katadyn!!!
March 20, 2007

I bought one a couple years ago when it first came out, and I couldn't recommend it more. I've taken 2 week long backpack trips since, both with 5 or 6 people, in the high sierras. The Base Camp filter holds 2 gallons at a time, so in the AM there's plenty of water for breakfast and to get hydrated. Then one more round for all of us to fill all our bottles for the trek. Then, I keep it in the top of my pack (it's very light) and if we get low on fluids (like on one surprise 11-mile day) we just dip it in a stream. Sure beats having to pump AND manage the bottle and the hose, which is a real chore. It's fast and easy and means we can carry less water (weight) as we go. Then when we set up our new camp, just filler 'up, and there's an abundance of water for our dinners and to rehydrate before bed. All the guys said it completely changed their hydration on long hikes, and they are all very experienced hikers. Oh, and it could NOT be easier to use. Just fill and hang and let gravity do the work.

Awesome for groups
April 07, 2010

Awesome for larger groups. I took a weekend camping trip with 17 people and this filter system worked great. We filled it up and let it drain into a water container while we were hiking and the water was filtered by the time we were done. I would recommend this to anyone.

An easy way to filter water
September 06, 2009

This is a great product that is very easy to use. Simply set it up and walk away while gravity does the work. It produces plenty of water for at least 6 people

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
joeall14ers
from Colorado
45-54 yrs

Best water filter for a group
December 13, 2012

The base camp filter is just plain easy to use. You fill the large volume sack from a steam or lake and hang it...no pumping! Thirsty hikers can fill their own bottles. They just have to remember to close the filter when done. It's basic, simple and it works. I remember when packers would rather wash dishes than get water.... not any more.

Pros: Ease of use, Cons: the plastic ring can be over tightened

GREAT!
July 02, 2007

I just spent 5 days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)with 7 people and this water filter was the best I have ever used and it sure beats pumping by hand! It was quick and easy to use! A absolute "MUST HAVE" for camping!

Great for group trips
September 17, 2009

3 of my friends and I went on a weekend hike in the summer heat of southern Illinois. This filter worked perfectly to keep us hydrated, even with water we wouldn't usually touch, let alone drink. Conveniently packs up when not in use, and simply hangs from a tree after dipping in a water source. The water tasted normal and none of us had any issues afterward.

This was Super
May 16, 2007

Took this last year to the Boundary Waters for a week of camping with the Boy Scouts and everyone couldn't believe how great it was. We never once ran out of clean water. We had 9 in our group and could fill everyones bottles and a 1 gal camp kitchen jug and then set up a new bag for morning within 30 min. So much better than pumping.

Old Product - New Package...Plus Convenience...
August 14, 2009

Although, there is a little bit more to this statement above. At 63, I am still a hard-core wilderness canoe paddler, spending forty-plus days a year in out-of-the-way places to enjoy the solitude such trips offer. Being out for five minimun, and up to 22-days of river runnin' per trip, I am required to pump/filter every quart of my water. On a daily basis, I require 1-1/2-gallons of drinking water to stay in a good fit-hydrated condition with the exertion required from portaging during treks on intermittent streams, rather than full flowing water ways. Katadyn has always served my needs, and yet this required a large amount of time and effort...even with their top quality hand-held pumps. Now, this "Dip & Drip" system...has taken all the work out of aquiring my next days water ration. Reaching our evening camp site, then building camp and preping our evening meal, firewood and kindling to gather, gear-checks, etc. all take away from our evening rest and relaxation...the very reason we seek the enjoyment out here of this oneness with nature. This is why we are here...NOT to do unneeded chores. This "Base Camp" Katadyn has won my heart ! I'm purchasing a second unit, for our "Safe Room" emergency gear. Clean drinking water during the aftermath of a tornado, or any other natural disaster, will always be our first priority...right there beside medical care.

Such a great idea
October 23, 2006

I used to get so tired of pumping, I'm usually camping in the woods so there is almost always a place to hang the bag.

Don't Overtighten
September 19, 2007

Bought my Base Camp two years ago and it worked fine then. This year it leaked like a sieve. Couldn't figure it out on the trail and tried to fix it with tape which was really a bad idea since it leaked even worse. After the trip I called Katadyn and they were familiar with the problem. Makes you wonder what the function of the "tightener" is when after only less than half a turn it causes the unit to leak. Also the filter which is on a blue canister has threads on it and you begin to think in camp that you must have left a part at home. The threads however are useless for the Base Camp and are actually for another model. Confusing, but they could have told me in the owner's manual; they didn't. After owning it two years and complaining to Katadyn they were good enough to send me a new unit, which I though was pretty good of them. It sounded as if they realized that people have had the same problem as mine. Just don't overtighten the "tightener." In my case, it was better not to use the tightener at all.

mountaineerit
top100Contributor

perfect for a group
March 26, 2010

this filter works great,you do have to wait a little while but theres no pumping! the water always came out clean an clear and tasting great

nice way to filter water
July 02, 2008

I used it on the John Day River. Easy to fill, hangs from a tree and filters the water without pumping. Great for rafting.

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