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  • KATADYN Vario Microfilter

    The only variable water filter out there. The Katadyn Vario can be quickly configured for longer life in dirty water or maximum flow in normal conditions.

    Features/Benefits:

    • The Vario filters 2 quarts per minute in Faster Flow mode and 1 quart per minute in Longer Life mode
    • Configuring flow mode only takes a simple turn
    • Replaceable filter element can last up to 500 gallons (depending on water conditions) before needing replacement
    • 0.3 micron high surface area; pleated glassfiber microfilter removes waterborne bacteria and cysts
    • Carbon core in replacement filter keeps water tasting fresh, and reduces chemicals, odors, and toxins through life of cartridge
    • Cleanable ceramic disc lengthens life of primary microfilter
    • Easy to operate dual piston technology provides continuous output with minimum effort
    • Adapter base attaches directly to water bottles or output hose can be used to fill hydration systems or larger containers
    • Contoured shape of the Vario is easy to grip
    • Size: 7.5 inches long x 4 inches diameter
    • Contents include Vario water microfilter, microfilter cartridge, ceramic disc, intake hose with modular prefilter, output hose with bottle clip, deluxe carry bag, cleaning pad, reusable silicone lubricant, and instructions

  • KATADYN Vario Microfilter

    EMS_Sale Yes
    Dimensions 4 x 7.5 in.
    Filter Element Duration 500 gallons
    Filter Element Type Ceramic & glass fiber
    Kills Viruses No
    Micron Size 0.3 micron
    Pump Rate 2 qt. per min (max) 1 qt. per min (min)
    Removes Giardia Yes
    Weight 15 oz.

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KATADYN Vario Microfilter
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to pump (5)
  • Easy to clean (3)
  • Good filtration (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking (5)
    • Hiking (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pump

    By Troy

    from MA

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to pump
    • Good Water Flow

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Extended Hikes

      Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

      So far, I've used this pump on three multi-day group trips (up to 10 ppl). On each trip, I was filtering water for many people in the group, so I was really pumping a lot of water out there. I always chose Longer Life mode, and it was producing water very quickly & reliably, without a lot of effort.

      I seemed to have a much easier time using this pump than people with me who were using the Hiker Pro filter. The dual-action pistons on the Vario are awesome and really move a lot of water easily.

      The pump is very easy to disassemble and clean once you're back in civilization.

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Minimalist

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Compact, lightweight, and it works!

      By JP

      from Hawaii

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to clean
      • Easy to pump
      • Good filtration
      • Lightweight
      • Low maintenance

      Cons

      • Slow Filtration Rate

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Car Camping
      • Day trip
      • Foreign travel
      • Hiking

      Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

      This is a great, small water filter. There's no reason to mess with chemicals. I used it for a week straight without any problems. I keep it in my military ruck sack for all the fun countries I visit on the job. Its filtered some really nasty water and I haven't gotten sick. I still use some chlorine just incase here in the middle east. The only con is its much slower than the larger filters so be patient.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fast and Easy

      By 4Season Outdoor Girl

      from N. Michigan

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to pump
      • Good filtration
      • Lightweight
      • Low maintenance

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Emergency water supply
      • Hiking
      • Kayaking

      Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

      I have used this for crystal clear winter river water in N. Michigan and for warm, green water dug out from the gravel in a dry river bed in Arizona. The water was clear and tasteless after filtering. The filter is quick and easy to use. We used one filter for five people on one backcountry trip, though one more would have been more convenient. It's a little bulky for hiking but lightweight and a lot less bulky than carrying 3 gallons of water for a trek in the desert!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Filter so Far

      By Linville Buff

      from Winston-Salem NC

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to clean
      • Easy to pump
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking

        Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

        I have only used this filter once in the field so far, however I am impressed. I have used various filters over the years, and prior to this purchase I always preferred the MSR MiniWorks. This filter pumps easier, and faster (even in long life mode).

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it

        By Schlosky

        from Medford, MA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to pump
        • Good filtration
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking
          • Hiking

          Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

          Finally made the move from iodine to a filter and am very pleased with the decision. Have yet to try out the murky looking water but it filters fine from a very slow-moving stream. And it weighs less than a pound!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fast filtering & light weight!

          By Burdock

          from Worcester, MA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Canteens & Coolers
            • Hiking/Camping
            • Hydration Packs
            • Travel

            Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

            Used this for a weekend hiking trip--other hikers complaining about how long it took to filter through their pump--not me! Fast, lightweight and functional!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Outstanding!

            By JJ

            from PA

            About Me Military/Law Enforcement

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Canteens & Coolers
            • Hiking/Camping
            • Hydration Packs
            • Travel

            Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

            Great product! very easy to use, and the water tasted great! As a former Marine I like to work hard and play hard, so far this has been able to withstand my adverterous lifestyle. Would of made it a little smaller if able to, and able to filter more than 500 gal.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great filter

            By Subseaworker

            from The Far North

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about KATADYN Vario Microfilter:

                Used a few times. Very durable and easy to operate.
                Katadyn make a smaller model but I used this backpacking and it works well. This is the best filter I have used as far as ease of use.
                If it had a compact container in which the filter unit plus hoses, spares, etc. could fit in one tight package, I would have given it 5 stars. For instance, the bottom basecap fell off while in my pack and I had to search around for it. There is a bag supplied for the accessories but it is rather large for backpacking and has some wasted space.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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