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Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter

Item #: 81915

Our Price: $79.95

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  • Katadyn's Base Camp Water Filter is an easy way to supply safe and potable drinking water, just fill and hang.
  • No pumping required- ideal for large volumes of water for groups and families.
  • Removes bacteria, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium to EPA standards.
  • Uses cleanable Hiker PRO replacement cartridge, included.
Specifications
  • Technology AntiClog technology: 129 square inches of pleated 0.3 micron glassfiber media. Activated carbon core: reduces unpleasant tastes and odors from the water.
  • Output: Up to 0.5 liters per minute.
  • Cartridge Capacity: Up to 200 gallons, depending on water quality - use of filter protector will extend cartridge life.
  • Weight: 13 oz.
  • Includes: 2.5 gallon water bag with Hiker PRO cartridge, 3 ft. output hose, and on/off switch.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter
 
4.0

(based on 61 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (45)
  • Good filtration (43)
  • Maintenance (37)
  • Easy to clean (24)
  • Easy to pump (12)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (10)
  • Poor filtration (4)
  • Hard to clean (3)

Best Uses

  • Backpacking (39)
  • Car camping (24)
  • Hiking (14)
  • Day trip (8)
  • Base camp (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (30), Casual/ recreational (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (59)

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1.0

"Product doesn't deliver as advertised"

By Thirsty Jim

from Vienna, Va

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Poor filtration

Best Uses

    Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

    Used product on 9 day canoe trip in Canadian wilderness. Worked fine for two days and then slowed to a drip. Replaced filter, cleaned, tried everything never worked again like first day. Three crews of 11 people each on trip. All crews had same problem. Seems to be poor design.

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    4.0

    Great base camp filter, with an issue

    By pto892

    from Maryland

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Pros

    • Easy to pump
    • Good filtration

    Cons

    • Hard to Clean

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • Hiking

    Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

    Contrary to what others have said, you can backflush the filter in this unit. I constructed a gadget from some plumbing fittings that I can attach to my laundry tub faucet, and which ends in a piece of 1/4 inch vinyl tubing. That gets plugged into the filter outlet, and then I run a couple of gallons of clean water at low pressure through the filter to backflush it. Once done it flows just fine even after being totally clogged. With this caveat I would say that it's a great filter for large groups, but Katydyn should consider selling some sort of backflush device for this filter to handle the complaints about clogging.

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    4.0

    Great base camp water filter!

    By ltsinor

    from Roswell GA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to clean
    • Good filtration
    • Lightweight
    • Low maintenance
    • No Need To Pump

    Cons

    • Attaching Dispense Tube

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • Car Camping

    Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

    Works great as a base camp water filter. A little heavy for ultra light backpacking, but sure beats iodine or filter straws. Slower than hand pump filters(gravity does the work) but a lot less effort is used to filter the water. Fellow campers who have all used pump filters were impressed and have put the Katadyn on their wish list.

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    5.0

    Katadyn Base Camp water filter

    By Rescue Hilo

    from Redding, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking

      Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

      This filter is part of my survival equipment. It is great for a base camp operation and can supply water for the whole camp.

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      4.0

      Worth while investment

      By Westslopecutt

      from Boise, ID

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dont Have To Pump

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • Car Camping

        Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

        Worked as advertised for a group of 6. Flow was a little slow at the start but by the second fill up, the water was being delivered at the rate that is expected. Definitely a good item to have on hand for larger groups of thirsty campers.

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        5.0

        must have gear, buy one

        By dack rat

        from Hinterlands, NY

        About Me Avid Adventurer

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping
            • Day trip
            • Hiking

            Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

            combine this filter with a good water bag for hauling water to camp and a large collapseable bottle for filtered water and you will be stylin'.

            filling the bag can be tricky, best to do with a partner.

            The cleaner the water you begin with (low turbidity) the longer the filter lasts.
            My first filter lasted one season (20 nights)
            My current filter is still flowing after 2 seasons with fussy water selection.

            This is my second base camp filter. I've been using one for 5 years. I consider it key gear. My camping buddy keeps #1, I bought #2 just to have around for emergencies. The new system has a new style bag, not yet tested by me but a better color.

            don't let wet filter freeze

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            4.0

            challenging getting started

            By Loon

            from Albany, NY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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            Pros

            • Easy to clean
            • Lightweight
            • No Effort To Filter
            • Quick Filtering

            Cons

            • Hard To Attach Output Tub

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Canoe camping

            Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

            very hard to attach output tube to filter tank.
            Filters fast with no effort, once it's set up and you find a tree to hang it from up high.

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            4.0

            Water tastes great

            By Lisa B.

            from St. Paul, MN

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good filtration
            • Water tastes good

            Cons

            • Very slow after first use

            Best Uses

            • Canoe camping

            Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

            Took this to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last week and used it to filter water from the lake we camped on...the water went through quickly the first time, but then processed very slowly with successive uses. That said,the water tasted TERRIFIC and we simply made sure we started the filtering process early and swapped out Nalgene bottles and pots throughout the day to fill them. Nice not to have to pump.

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            4.0

            no slower than a pump

            By Simple-minded

            from Kentucky

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Pros

            • Good filtration
            • Lightweight
            • Low maintenance

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping

            Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

            Contrary to other commenters, my experience has been that the gravity system is faster than a (ceramic) pump filter. It's also nice not to have to squat by a creek and sweat for ten minutes. I have used the Basecamp for three seasons, and experienced no clogging or leaking. As others have noted, it is not very compactible, although it is no heavier than most pump filters

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            5.0

            love it!

            By Joel

            from Minnesota

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good filtration
            • Lightweight
            • Low maintenance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking

              Comments about Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter:

              BWCA

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              • Q:

                Under Features for this filter it states, "Uses cleanable Hiker PRO replacement cartridge." How does one clean the filter?
                Asked on 7/3/2013 by dbeller

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The replacement cartridge screws into the base of the basecamp.

                  Answered on 7/9/2013 by Steve from Campmor
              • Q:

                Can this filter ocean water so that it is potable?
                Asked on 11/13/2012 by In case of disaster

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  No, this filter will not make salt water potable.

                  Answered on 11/14/2012 by Bob from Campmor
              • Q:

                The life of the cartridge says about 200 gallons, but with the prefilter sheet thing would that increase the life expectancy, or does that just make cleaning and maintenance easier?
                Asked on 9/4/2011 by Anonymous

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The prefilter sheet is used only for cleaning and maintenance.

                  Answered on 9/6/2011 by Anonymous
              • Q:

                When is Katadyn going to reinforce straps and create better clips?
                Leary to buy after reading reviews of clips not holding.
                Does it come with that long strap that wraps around tree?
                Asked on 7/25/2011 by Jim from Whitehouse, OH

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  I suspect that the clips are breaking because people are hanging on a nail or other small diameter hanging point. I have this filter and secure it over a beam and have never had a problem with the clip releasing on me.

                  Answered on 7/27/2011 by Steve from Campmor
              • Q:

                What type of replacement filters does this use?
                Asked on 4/18/2011 by Robi from Arkansas

                1 answer

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