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> KATADYN BACKCOUNTRY SERIES CAMP WATER
> TEST SERIES BY MIKE DAURIO JR.
> December 02, 2007
> TESTER INFORMATION
> NAME: Mike Daurio Jr.
> EMAIL: mikejr232323@...
> AGE: 30
> LOCATION: Wonder Lake, Illinois USA
> GENDER: m
> HEIGHT: 6' 0" (1.83 m)
> WEIGHT: 183 lb (83.00 kg)
> I am quite new to backpacking. My experience lies mostly as a
> guide. My inspiration to get more into this sport/hobby was aof
> backpack trip to Thailand in 2005. Due to my experience I am fond
> lightweight, waterproof quality gear. I backpack in mainly hillyin
> forested areas and of course near rivers and streams. I also do a
> lot of backpack traveling to other countries. I am a 3-season
> backpacker. Every year I spend time in the Ozarks in Missouri and
> Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. I'd love to exploremanufacturer's
> Canyonlands National Park in Utah.
> INITIAL REPORT
> PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
> Manufacturer: Katadyn Products AG
> Year of Manufacture: 2007
> Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
> "http://WWW.KATADYN.COM" LINK TEXT = "WWW.KATADYN.COM">>
> MSRP: N/A
> Listed Weight: 13 oz (369 g)
> Measured Weight: 13.5 oz ( 383 g)
> Size: 6 in x 4 in x 4 in (15 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm)
> Hose length: 48 in (120 cm)
> Other details:
> The description and specifications as taken from the
> packaging:= "PACKAGE">>
> Filter technology: .3 micron pleated glass fiber removes bacteria,
> cysts, and sediment, removable filter protector, activated carbon
> core. 99.9999% Klebsiella, 99.99% Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
> Capacity of filter 200 gallons (750 l) depending on water quality.
> Large volume water bag (2.6 gal / 10 l)
> Easy open/close buckle system
> Long output hose with on/off valve
> Replacement Cartridge
> INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 2" IMAGE CAPTION
> The filter came packaged in an oversized cardboard box and in goodthe
> condition. The manufacturer could have used a smaller shipping box
> for the filter I'm sure. When I opened the shipping container I
> found the filter in its manufactured packaging. This box was
> appropriate for its contents. On the front of the box there is an
> opening which would give a finger access to feel the material of
> filter's bag. I do not know what function this would serve to theOF
> consumer. I'd feel more comfortable that the contents wouldn't be
> damaged if the box wasn't accessible like that.
> After opening the box to reveal the filter I read the box to
> inventory the parts. The box reads as follows:
> 1- 2.6 gallon water bag
> 1- Anti Clog Hiker PRO Microfilter Cartridge
> 1- removable filter protector
> 48" Output Hose
> 1- on/off output hose valve
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "CONTENTS
> Also included in the package was a small bag containing a sponge
> a small tube of silicone grease, and an instruction booklet.that
> My initial impression was that I was without the removable filter
> protector but it was already installed on the cartridge.
> The filter is a dry bag type of bag with a hole at the bottom. A
> filter element is installed in the hole to create a gravity fed
> filter. The bag is made of vinyl and looks as the type of vinyl
> would retain its stiffness in the hot sun. The bag is a softdark
> blue and the color concerns me a bit. I am afraid the color of thethat
> bag will allow it to absorb the suns hot rays and changing the
> temperature of the output of water. I look forward to testing the
> sun's affect on the bag. The bag closes with a roll top feature
> clips together. I am familiar with these as I am a canoe guide fora
> month out of the year, and I find this clip on most dry bags. Thethe
> clip looks sturdy; however, it is placed at the fulcrum of where
> bag will be hanging.how
> READING THE INSTRUCTIONS / ASSEMBLY
> The instruction booklet starts out by explaining how to install the
> filter protector that has already been installed by the
> manufacturer. I am glad I read this as the booklet later states
> to clean it if the filter's output is decreased due to clogging.The
> next step is the filter assembly. I must admit that with mostexplain
> purchases I make I skip the instruction booklet and try to assemble
> it before opening. This is as far as I got without having to
> reference the instructions. The filter is clearly labeled OUT so I
> knew I was putting it in correctly. The instructions clearly
> the need for the silicone grease in this area. They also voicethe
> caution to not grabbing the cartridge which can damage it. After
> lubing the O ring I placed the cartridge in the hole and grabbed
> hard ring at the bottom of the bag. I applied pressure with mycartridge
> thumbs to the cartridge and it slipped in with ease. I figure this
> is the best way to insert it without damaging the filter.
> The instructions have a diagram to show assembly of the
> to the bag, fastened to the bag by a threaded cap. This was myfirst
> element of concern. If the cartridge is not fully installed thecap
> will not catch the threads. This was my indication to grab thecap
> instructions. Once I was educated and the cartridge was installed
> correctly the cap grabbed easily to the threads. I tightened the
> a little too much and the threads gave. I then tried over andwater
> tightened it just to the point of snugness.
> The booklet then goes on to say to flush the cartridge with 2
> liters ( 2.53 gal) of water and that it may produce discolored
> on the flush cycle. It explains that this is normal.It
> The booklet never mentions how to install the on / off valve.
> took me a good minute just to figure it out. <<IMAGE GOES HERE.start
> ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 3" IMAGE CAPTION = "SHUT OFF VALVE">>
> The instructions continue on to explain how to fill, hang, and
> filtering. I will be referencing the instructions in the nextAs
> section on these matters. Confident everything was installed
> correctly I proceeded to try it out.
> TRYING IT OUT
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 4" IMAGE CAPTION = "IN USE">>
> The instruction's state to fill the bag with separate container.
> I will not be bringing any other container with me I tried fillingit
> without one. The book also warns not to touch the hose to thesource
> of water.simple
> I filled the bag in the kitchen sink. I thought it would be
> but it proved a bit challenging but not impossible. During thehook
> filling period, hose became disconnected but I couldn't deal with
> that until it was full. When full, I followed the instructions to
> roll the bag 4-5 times and snap it closed. I then hung it on a
> right outside my back door. Reattaching the hose proved difficultinto
> while it was draining. After about a minute it finally slipped
> place. The shut off valve did an adequate job of stopping theflow
> of water. It surprisingly didn't drip either. I started thefilter
> draining into a 1 liter bottle ( 34 fl oz) it took 2 minutes 49a
> seconds to fill. I then let the remainder of the water drain into
> pan. I do not have a measurement on how much water was in theWaterways
> bladder but it took 25 minutes 50 seconds for the rest to drain.
> The filter seems to work better when the hose is as straight as
> possible. I will be commenting on its application in the field
> TESTING STRATEGY
> I lead a wilderness canoe trip to the Ozark National Scenic
> every year. We canoe upevery
> to 60 miles (97 km) of the Current River and do day hikes about
> day. Last year we completed a 20 mi (32 km)section of the Ozark
> finished canoeing. We will be returning this year. I also spend time
> in Voyageurs National Park every year as my fiancée's family owns a
> home on Lake Kabetogama. We spend about a week canoeing and
> exploring the islands. This year we are planning a 2-day adventure
> on the locator lake trail and another two day trip to Cruiser Lake.
> My summer is also filled with many day hikes and small
> camping trips to the many state parks in Illinois and Wisconsin. My
> favorite being Kettle Moraine State park in Wisconsin.
> TEST PLAN:
> I will be using the filter in Minnesota, and Missouri this year on
> weeklong trips. The Missouri trip is where it will get the biggest
> test. I lead a group of 18 people down the current river. It is a
> spring fed river and we usually fill up water at the ranger
> It will be a five day trip and we will probably use the filteralmost
> all day. We will be filling up (2) five gallon thermos cooler 1-2to
> times a day.
> Temperature could range anywhere from 60 degrees F (16 degrees C)
> 100 degrees F (38 degrees C).it
> The filter will be used in rocky, wet, and dirty conditions. Water
> will range from clear spring fed moving water, to murky water that
> has been sitting. My test plan will be built around function,
> filtration, and durability.
> Time of filtration will be a heavily weighted category for the
> filter. We my stop to fill up midday and still need to keep on
> schedule. Also after cooking the thermos would have to be
> replenished. How long will that take?
> Is the bag easily filled in different situations? A shallow creek?
> How hard is it to change the filter cartridge? Is it easily
> carried? How well
> does the shutoff valves work? I also have concern about how easy
> will be to find a place to hang the bag. Does the clip hold? Iwill
> also bring a rope to make sure we will be able to find a place tothe
> hang it.
> How does the water look smell and taste? Does the particles and
> debris I may pick up sit in the bag? Is it easy to clean out
> afterwards? How does it do with various clarities of water? Does
> time to filter decline over the long term use of the cartridge?The
> Can the material hold up if stored exposed on my canoe, or will it
> need to be in a protected area? Does it soften when sitting in the
> sun? Does that significantly effect the temp of the water? The
> bladder looks like it can be hung, will it stretch or hold with the
> weight of the water?
> I look forward to getting in the field to test the
> performance of the filter. It seems to be the perfect product for
> my needs. Thank you to Katadyn and Backpackgeartest.org for the
> opportunity to test the filter.
> This concludes my Initial report.
> <a name="FRPT">FIELD REPORT</a>
> FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
> I was able to use the filter on two separate trips this summer.
> first was a wilderness canoe trip down the Current River withTEXT
> sixteen people. After we floated for six days, we then spent a
> night on the Ozark Trail. Terrain was mostly gravel bars and
> mountainous forests. The river winds through large tree covered
> bluffs and naturally creates huge gravel bars. Most of the time
> these bars are lined with dense forests. <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT
> = "IMAGE 2" IMAGE CAPTION = "Our terrain for six days">>When
> As the river winds through the mountains, its elevations receded
> from 852 ft (260 m) above sea level down to 570 ft (174 m).
> on the trail elevations reached 870 ft (265 m). The trail'sterrain
> was dirt or gravel trail through dense forests primed with hungryF
> deer flies ready to bite and annoy us. Temperatures scorched to a
> recorded 113 degrees F (45 C) dropping to a comfortable 72 degrees
> (22 C) at night.were
> The second was a five day adventure in Voyageurs National Park in
> Minnesota. It was spent with my fiancée, and her two younger
> brothers. We canoed Lake Kabetogama setting up three different
> base camps and heading out on numerous day hikes to do some
> exploring. The terrain is rocky shores covered in grass and moss,
> some sandy beaches, and dense northwoods forests containing pines,
> poplars, and quaking aspen. Elevations stayed pretty constant
> between 1100 -1200 ft (335-366 m) above sea level. Temperatures
> between 85-89 degrees F (29-32 C) during the sunny days, and gotpeople
> down to almost 60 degrees F (16 C) at night.
> PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
> On the first trip the filter was perfect for our use. Sixteen
> were on our trip each having two Lexan bottles (32 total) and wehad
> two 5 gallon (19 L) containers. I am a beginning backpackerand
> have only borrowed a pump style filter. I couldn't imagine usingfilter
> that to fill up 32 Lexan bottles or two 5 gallon (19 L) water
> coolers. Given the temps outside, and size of the group, the
> received tremendous use. Before we launched we filled up at ourI
> outfitter's spigot. I tried the water it had a strong iron taste.
> got the first bag full filtering into the water cooler while weto
> loaded the bus. The filter takes about 20 minutes to drain and
> filter its capacity. I got two of these done in the time it took
> load. We then transferred the water to our Lexan bottles. We onlyLexan
> had enough filtered water for about half of the individual bottles,
> so it was decided we all got one iron tasting and one filtered
> bottle. We then filled the two water coolers and shipped off. Ikept
> have found no information that the filter filters iron; however, in
> comparison the filtered water was definitely more palatable. There
> was virtually no taste of the heavy iron content the water from the
> spigot had. As for quality of water I was impressed already.
> Daily we had to filter a large amount of water so every stop, I
> replenishing the water coolers, and from the water coolers wetime
> replenished our Lexan bottles. It was a good system and we'd
> our breaks around the time it took to filter a bag of water. WhileI
> was in charge of water throughout the day when we stopped to camp IHERE.
> shared the responsibility with my traveling partners. The others
> found the process of filling the bag and filtering the water,
> equally simple.
> As our surroundings changed I had to get creative to find places
> to hang the bag and even more creative on how to hang it. I
> sometimes lucked out with a sturdy branch about 7 ft (213 cm) from
> the ground. For this ideal situation hanging the bag was as simple
> as clicking the clasps in place around the branch. <<IMAGE GOES
> ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "Hanging with a bungee">>at
> A couple of times I had to bungee it around the trunk of a tree
> the ideal height. I found it useful to bring a 25 ft (762 cm) ropealso
> to help create possibilities for hanging. I'd fill the bladder and
> attach the rope. I'd then throw the other end over a higher branch
> and tie it to the trunk. This was tedious when I had to refill the
> bag over and over to replace our cooking water. This method was
> easier with two people but had been performed the first time byon
> myself. I welcomed the offer for help the next time. The bag and
> clasp held up for the most part. On one occasion there was a small
> protrusion of bark on the branch it was hanging from that triggered
> the clasp and created a large splash. I refilled the bag and was
> my way filtering again.get
> The Current River is spring fed and we grabbed water from the
> cleanest sources possible. There were times I stopped and had to
> water from stationary parts of the river. The filter performedwater.
> consistently with all types of water, the well water at the
> outfitter, the flowing spring water, and the stationary pool
> Every time I was finished filtering I rinsed the inside of the bagto
> out to rid it of debris. Filling the bag was easy but did require
> getting into the water to do so. If faced with having to stay dry
> fill the filter's bag, I'd use a large ladle or pot to fill fromthe
> shallow shore. I hope to test a situation like this for my longThe
> term report.
> Use was a little more involved for our trip to Lake Kabetogama.
> filling and hanging was an equally challenging situation. Whatbottle.
> proved more challenging was the attention factor. On this trip we
> had no 5 gallon (19 L) reservoir. I had to fill the Lexan bottles
> individually versus the hang and let drain method used in the
> Ozarks. It takes approximately 2-2 1/2 minutes to fill each
> The water quality in Voyageurs National Park was a clear, butgolden
> tinted. It filtered clear and odor free. It didn't seem asbearing
> refreshing as the water in the Ozarks, but I believe the warm sun
> increased the temperature of Lake Kabetogama. The Current River,
> being spring fed, has a cooler year round temperature. Other than
> its refreshing qualities the temperature of the water had no
> on the filter's performance.of
> A couple of lessons learned. I learned to figure out the place
> hanging the filter before filling it. I got a good workout thefirst
> few times as the bag is heavy when full. Also it is easier toit.
> attach the small hose to the bottom of the filter before filling
> It proves harder to attach the hose when water is coming out.situation.
> Finally, I found that the temperature increases when the bag is in
> the direct sun. Finding shade to hang it in rectified this
> The trips were definitely an ideal way to test the filter. The
> filter performed well yet required some adaptation as our
> surroundings change. I am pleased with the quality of water that
> produces with different water clarities and odors.to
> TESTING STRATEGY
> I will be bringing the filter on a few dayhikes and mountain biking
> trips to state parks in the Illinois and Wisconsin areas. I hope
> try filtering some really murky water taken from some shallow areasamended
> to test its abilities further.
> This concludes my field report. My long term report will be
> in December. Check back for more information.filled
> LONG-TERM REPORT
> LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "Glacial
> Park (MCCD)">>
> The Katadyn Camp filter has tagged along on a few day hikes in
> Glacial Park part of the McHenry County Conservation District. I
> usually just pack water on a day hike but I wanted to test the
> ability to filter different water sources, so I flung it in my day
> pack and hit the trail. Glacial Park is a glacial formed park
> with hills and grasslands with some patches of forested acres. Thea
> trails wind across the Nippersink Creek, whose headwaters stem from
> man made lake. The hikes took place on a cool evening witharea
> temperatures at approximately 65 degrees F (18 C) and on a brisk
> morning with temperatures around 50 degrees F (10 C).
> The filter was also used in the Harrison-Benwell conservation
> also part of the MCCD. I chose this location to test the filtermuddy.
> because the 3.5 mile loop crosses a swampy area. The trail is a
> groomed trail through a forest consisting of maple, oak, black
> walnut, and boxelder trees. The terrain is flat and sometimes
> PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 2" IMAGE CAPTION = "filtering
> the Nippersink's finest">>
> The filter has performed exceptionally with all it's been asked to
> do. The Camp filter has withstood the 80 or so gallons (303
> of clear, cool water in the Current River, approximately 10 gallonsthe
> (38 liters) of Lake Kabetogama's finest, and another 10 gallons (38
> liters) of water from various sources. The filter has taken out
> floating particles of the Nippersink and left the filtered waterafter
> clean and clear. When asked to perform against the murky wetland
> water in the Harrison-Benwell Recreation area it stepped up to the
> plate. With the swamp water, the filter produced a clean product
> that had a slight odor. The filtered water did taste fine and
> drinking it I never felt the effects of any "beaver fever" orminutes
> The filter has also had a consistent rate of approximately 3
> per liter (34 fl oz) of water. The exception of this has been when1
> filtering the swamp water. It took almost five minutes to filter a
> liter (34 fl oz) Nalgene bottle full of water. I believe this washad
> due to the floating algae bloom that was scooped into the filter's
> I used a small Gatorade bottle to fill the bag with the swamp
> water. Until now I have entered the water source to fill the
> filter's bag. I wanted to test how this method would differ. I
> no trouble filling the filter's bag with the extra container but Iof
> did have to lug an empty bottle around. Because it has come in
> contact with the tainted swamp water, the empty Gatorade bottle
> although light, is a useless bulk that would need to be carried to
> fill the filter this way.
> The swamp water clogged the filter with its muck and algae.
> Although it still did the job it was a more time consuming task to
> clean. I rinsed the filter out thoroughly and then filled it full
> water and dumped two caps full of bleach ion the filled bladder. Iwas
> then just rolled the top and hung it on a post on my deck to drain.
> The shutoff valve does an excellent job of keeping the water from
> flowing in the tube. Although it was initially a concern of mine,
> the simple design of the valve not only performs well it serves
> another function. While filtering water in Glacial Park, I had a
> lack of nearby trees. After deciding to hold the filter while it
> filtering instead of hauling water in the filter about 200 yards(183
> m) to a tree, I used the valve to clip the hose in a fixed positionIMAGE
> on the Nalgene bottle. <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 3"
> CAPTION = "another use for the shut-off valve">>cartridge
> POSITIVES: I am overall pleased with the performance of the filter.
> 1. It is the absolute perfect filter for our annual canoe trip
> down the Current River and it worked great for the four of us
> trekking Lake Kabetogama's Islands.
> 2. I am impressed with its filtered product. The filter has
> bested even the funkiest of water qualities.
> 3. The weight of the filter not much more than the filter
> 4. The simple design is easy to use.
> 5. I like the fact that I can fill the filter and let it drain
> clean water in my container
> 1. Filling the bag is a slight inconvenience. It is extremely
> easier to fill the bag by getting wet, however that method could
> dangerous in cooler temperatures. Filling it by bringing a separateGatorade
> container poses a different annoyance. I brought the extra
> bottle specifically to test this method but was hampered withfull
> carrying around the useless bulk of an empty contaminated bottle
> of bacteria.no
> 2. Holding the bag to filter it can be tiring; only a problem if
> trees are around to hang it on.than
> 3. The filter isn't very packable. There is no protection from
> crushing the filter and no case or sack that comes with it. I
> haven't found a container or sack I like to store the filter yet.
> CONTINUED USE
> I will definitely bring the filter with on any trips with more
> two participants that can all benefit from the volume of water the
> bladder can handle. In solo or coupled outings I'd weigh my
> options. I will continue to use the filter and am glad it's in my
> arsenal. It especially comes in handy for high volume needs. I
> really appreciated the filter when stopping to cook. I filtered
> water to drink, cook and dish duty all in one filling.
> Thank you to BGT and Katadyn for allowing me to test the filter.
> Mike J. Daurio Jr.