Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

Beyond highly recommended, you need to make sure you have room in your pack for the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. A beast by anyone’s guidelines, this is a somewhat expensive option that will last you for the rest of your life.

Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter Review

There is simply nothing more important to a successful trip than making sure you have access to clean and pure water. While most trips and ventures into the woods can be handled perfectly by packing in your own water, sometimes you’ll be going on extended adventures that require you to source it on-site. A high-end water filter is mission critical, and it’s exactly what the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter promises to be.

Katadyn Pocket Review — First Impressions

There’s only one real first impression a person can take away when they hold the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter in the hands for the first time: this thing is heavy. Clocking in just south (and I mean just south) of 24 ounces, you really feel the all metal construction and ceramic filter of this bad boy. Engineered to offer you incredible life when filtering out water, you might be tempted to believe that your new water filtration system doubles as a hammer, ballast, or endurance training tool. Now, it’s not that heavy, but you’ll deftly notice in your pack. But the real question is does it work…and the answer is just about better than anything else.

Katadyn Pocket Video Review

Almost instant access to the water you need – without having to pack any of it in

While pumping filtration units are nothing new, and the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter is not exceptionally fast about it, you will have access one full liter of clean and pure water from just about any natural source inside of the minute. Using a silver impregnated ceramic filter, you will never have to worry about any weird chemicals, funky after tastes, or any other issues that come from a majority of the smaller and less well-built water filters out there. The real shining star (even if it directly contributes to the incredible weight of the unit) is the all metal construction. As durable a unit is you’ll ever find, you will absolutely appreciate the reliability superstrong construction should you ever be stranded or find yourself lost in the wilderness. While this definitely will not be the ultimate choice for ultralight backpackers or daytrippers, anyone serious about having instant access to cleaning pure water needs to seriously consider the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter.

Easy to use and even easier to maintain

Though there is definitely more than a little debate as to what is the best backpacking water purification system, the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter would have to rank right up there with the very best and simplest to use. Literally all you have to do is sink one end of the filtration system into your natural water source and then begin pumping. Now, some have said that the pumping system requires a little more force than many might be used to, but with a little bit of practice in a little bit of effort you should be able to have a full cleaning clear liter of water inside of a minute to two minutes. The real gem of the whole system is a ceramic filter has been rated produce over 13,000 gallons of drinkable water before needing to be replaced. This is a dramatic change from the chemical treated solutions that so many hikers and backpackers bring into the woods, and will offer you simplicity itself when maintaining the product. The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not the water purification system is actually going to give you the water you need, something you will never find cross your mind when using the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter.

It might be called a Microfilter, but it’s pretty heavy

The biggest knock against the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter (and you hard-pressed to find any hiking gear review that felt otherwise) is that it’s so heavy. We party touched on the monstrous size of this particular unit, but it bears repeating. This is definitely not gear for ultralight packing but rather something for more extended serious trips to help you cut down on the water you need to pack in.

Katadyn Pocket Specs

Filter Material: ceramic (silver-impregnated)
Purifying Element: (carbon cartridge bottle adapter SOLD SEPARATELY) activated carbon
Output: 1 L/min
Removes: giardia, sediments, algae, cryptosporidia, particles, protazoa
Field-Cleanable: yes
Dimensions: 2.4 x 10 in
Gravity Flow: no
Cartridge Life: 50,000 L
Weight: 20 oz
Recommended Use: backpacking, trekking, expeditions, international travel, emergency filtration
Manufacturer Warranty: 20 years
MSRP: $369.95


Easily one of the very best water filters on the market, even with the few shortcomings this is a piece of equipment basically cannot ignore. While it can seem a bit pricey, especially compared to other filtration systems that just don’t stack up, the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter is one of the best in the world. Offering a 20 year guarantee and 13,000 gallon usage, this is a water filtration system that you’ll buy once and use for the rest of your life. Highly recommended.

Written by Stan Tyan