Application to test the Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter - André
- I understand this app is about 2 hours late (it was half an hour when
I started writing it), and that timely applications take precedence.
There doesn't seem to have been a flood of them, though, so I'm
hoping I'll still be considered. Thought I had till Monday (should
teach me to READ).
Please please! accept my application to test the Katadyn Hiker
Pro Water Filter. I have read and understood the Survival guide
v.1202 (in particular, chapter 5) and agree to follow all guidelines
within. My signed tester agreement is on file.
Personal Biographical Information:
Name: André Corterier
Height: 1.85 m (6'1")
Weight: 80 kg (175 lb)
Email address: andreDOTcorterierATfreenetDOTde
City, State, Country: Bonn, Germany
I began backpacking in my late teens using Europe's "InterRail"-
System weight hardly mattered, as we were on trains a lot. I
recently rediscovered backpacking and have started out slowly
single-day 15 mile (24 km) jaunts by myself or even shorter hikes in
the company of my little daughter. I am getting started on longer
hikes, as a lightweight packer and hammock-camper. I've begun
upgrading my old gear and am now shooting for a dry FSO weight
(everything carried From the Skin Out except food, fuel and water) of
about 10 kg (22 lb) for three-season camping. Not quite there yet.
One problem I have found with distance-hiking, especially in warm
weather, is the amount of water I find myself carrying. I wonder
sometimes why I put so much effort into reducing my "dry" FSO weight
by a few hundred grams (a dozen ounces) when I then load lots of
kilos (2.2 lots of pounds) on for my "wet" FSO. Well, I like to stay
well hydrated and while I don't discount the power of auto-
suggestion, I believe I can tell a difference in the way my knees
feel after a long day spent hiking with sufficient or little water
(mainly, no pain or some). That means I tend to walk with a full 3l
(0.8 gallon) bladder (that would be the plastic thingy in my
backpack, not you know) from which I sip and an additional 1.5 l
(.4 gallon) water bottle in my pack for cooking etc. in the evening.
Sometimes more, on hot days.
But, hey I encounter little brooks often, and sometimes hike along
rivers. While much has been done to improve the water quality of
these lately (to the point of it being ok'ed to swim in again), noone
suggests its potable as is. I've kept muttering about civilization
and how there used to be days where walking along a river meant one
needed to carry *no* water.
Can you see where I'm getting with this?
I have a number of hikes planned which cross or follow water courses,
from large (Rhine river, which formed the valley I live in) to small
(Ahr valley, famous its red wine, not for its water) to tiny
(nameless tributaries to rivulets one needs a magnifying glass to
decipher the name of on a 1:25K scale map). I plan to fill up my
water bottle and/or bladder (again, the one in my well, actually, in
the end I guess it's both sorry) from these regularly, to reduce the
amount of weight I carry. This should give me *lots* of practice
setting up and breaking down the system (though hopefully not
breaking it). The quick connector on the PRO system is supposed to
work with a bladder hydration system, so I may be able to leave my
water bottle(s) at home, too, for additional weight savings (which
will go a little way towards making up for the filter's weight
although the website is unfortunately silent on this point). In fact,
the website has a number of words on it which look as though they
were meant to be links, but aren't well, a word or more on this
would go into the IR.
Specifically, I'd look out to find:
- How much bother is setting up and breaking down the filter
system? How long does it take at first (IR), with some (FR) and lots
(LTR) of practice?
- Does the filter clog quickly? (I should be able to take water
exclusively from rather clean sources noting I'd need to chew even
if I weren't to filter it first.)
- How long does it take to fill up a bladder (okay, that joke's
growing stale now) at first (IR), and how much is this reduced over
time (well, volume)? I plan to carry a waterproof marker with me on
these tests, so I can tick off on the filter how often I've filled up
the bladder with it (as even waterproof marker marks are removable, I
hope this isn't considered a modification).
- How packable is the thing? Does it find a place in my pack or
do I have to make one for it? How breakable does it appear? (If need
be, I could wrap it into my sleeping bag, but that would make it a
*massive* bother to pack and unpack.)
- Do any issues come up with using it? Anything which will
provoke "cougar screams"?
- Of course, the usual factors (durability comes to mind) in
any test call will be reported on.
Thank you for considering me for this test.
My past Owner Reviews:
- Jack Wolfskin "World's End" 3-person tent at
- Jack Wolfskin "Iceland Men" Jacket at http://tinyurl.com/yt4lg
- Jack Wolfskin "Texapore Mesh Hat" at http://snipurl.com/92wr
- Salewa Protection Windstopper Gloves at http://tinyurl.com/6k9pz
- Victorinox Outrider at http://tinyurl.com/6fspv)
Ursa Designs Clikstand S-1 Complete Stove Set, at
C.Crane PakLite LED flashlight, at http://tinyurl.com/3rlo3
GoLite Wizard Jacket (FR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/6783m
Dahlgren DriStride Alpaca Light Hiking Socks (FR posted), at
AGG cozy cover (IR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/6sqp2
Ibex Roaster boxers (IR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/3vk8p
Ibex Wool Glove Liners (IR posted), at http://tinyurl.com/3wwd7
I am currently active as a BGT Mentor.
With the current glut in open test calls, we were - quite
reasonably - asked to think about the potential problems presented
by having a high number of tests going on at the same time and to
address this issue in upcoming applications, and here are my
thoughts on this:
While I currently have 5 (five) tests open, one of those will
expire by virtue of its LTR being due (May 3rd) before any of the
others get to their FR, so I am thinking it is more like four. This
is especially true as the main body of those LTRs is already done on
my hard drive - lacking only the text of what additional findings may
still come up and a summary (although the headings even for those
are in place already). In fact, I will create a root IR for
the shoes before they are shipped if I'm chosen (including MSRP, how
easy I found the manufacturer's website to navigate, a quote
from the manufacturer's description, and a summary of the test plan
I put into my application). This - if past experience is anything to
judge by - will much reduce the amount of work associated with
creating and uploading the IR on time. And, as I have in the past, I
intend to create root FRs the moment I've uploaded the IRs (and
deleted the corresponding test files from the test folder) ;-)
With four tests running simultaneously until a little while ago (due
to much luck and two items not counting against the newbie limit),
this system which I have evolved has not made feel in any way put
upon to meet my obligations (and I point to what I believe to be a
perfect record in reports uploaded before their due date as
assurance). As I intend to follow this in the future as well (and am
lucky enough to have a job which allows me to do so) I feel
confident that I still have room beyond the tests I have applied to.