Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter

June 29, 2013 - Comment

The Vario combines individual efficiency with the simplest possible handling. The technology it uses consists of three filter levels: a high-performance glass fiber filter, a ceramic pre-filter that can be adjusted individually according to the cloudiness of the water, and active charcoal for eliminating odors Compatible with most standard outdoor bottles and hydration bladders A

The Vario combines individual efficiency with the simplest possible handling.
  • The technology it uses consists of three filter levels: a high-performance glass fiber filter, a ceramic pre-filter that can be adjusted individually according to the cloudiness of the water, and active charcoal for eliminating odors
  • Compatible with most standard outdoor bottles and hydration bladders

A member of Katadyn’s Backcountry Series of water filters, the Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter is the first water filter that is adjustable for different conditions. It combines two leading technologies into one high-performance pump: ceramic for a longer life and pleated glass fiber for easy operation. The Vario offers a high output and also contains a replaceable carbon core to keep the water tasting fresh.

Key Details:

  • Output: Up to 2 quarts (2 liters) per minute
  • Cartridge Capacity: Up to 500 gallons (1875 liters)
  • Weight: 15 ounces
  • Height: 6.5 inches
  • Hose Length: 36 inches
  • Includes prefilter, cleaning pad, and deluxe carry bag

About Katadyn
Katadyn of Switzerland has been producing high quality portable water systems since 1928. Their history has been one of innovation and durability. Katadyn products are used by militaries, health organizations and outdoor adventurers world-wide. No other water system provides higher quality or longer lasting performance. Katadyn is the global leader in portable water treatment. With subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, France, and Singapore; Katadyn develops, produces, and distributes high quality products which are used whenever safe drinking water isn’t available–for travel, camping and humanitarian operations.

From Backpackgeartest.org
The Katadyn Vario Microfilter is part of the backcountry series filter line. The manufacturer indicates this filter line is good for all round use. The manufacturer claims that this filter meets the industry standards for reduction of bacteria (99.9999% Klebsiella terrigena) and protozoan cysts (99.9 % Giardia and Cryptosporidium)…read the entire review

Product Features

  • A simple turn engages a ceramic pre-filter for long life in dirty water or a pleated glass fiber filter in normal conditions
  • Produces up to two quarts per minute in the faster flow mode and one quart per minute in longer life mode
  • Replaceable carbon core keeps water tasting fresh; reduces chemicals, odors, and toxins throughout the life of the cartridge
  • Dual piston technology provides maximum output with minimum effort
  • Adapter base attaches directly to water bottles or an output hose can be used to fill hydration systems or larger containers

Comments

Ajulz says:

Clean Water in the Amazon I recently went to the Ecuadorian Amazon and spent a week living in the rain forest with indigenous people. I went on long treks and relied on the Vario to deliver drinking water from streams I passed on the way. The fact that I never got sick is a testament to the effectiveness of the Vario.It was easy to hook up directly to my CamelBak, so there was no chance of contamination. Whenever I used it, I had it in the “longer life” setting where you pump a little less water per minute, but it passes through both filters inside. I’ve used several other filters and the speed and ease which I was able to fill up my 100oz Camelbak is far superior to any of them. The pumping motion is easy to use and it pumps a lot more water even on the “Longer life” (slow) setting than other filters.Overall I think it is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone traveling to locations where you don’t know if you can trust the water.

MC01 says:

Good overall, but slightly cumbersome to use I agree with consensus of prior reviews that it’s good all around, faster than other models, but has some issues w/back pressure & leaking if you pump too fast or while using the “faster flow” setting instead of “longer life”. The faster setting bypasses the ceramic filter (your biological nasty filter) and uses only the charcoal (some bio, chemicals & taste, like your average Brita filter).I bought this instead of Katadyn’s Pocket Microfilter (found for $179 on some sites at the time) for 4 main reasons:1) ability to attach directly to Nalgene bottle. I’ll be using this primarily while living overseas in areas w/questionable tap water, so this is a nice convenience. Don’t think the Pocket filter allows this.2)2-stage filter w/activated charcoal to remove chemicals, pesticides & bad taste. This option isn’t available w/the ceramic-only Pocket Microfilter, and again was something I want specifically due to where I’m going. If chemicals aren’t an…

Old Hacker "Mike" says:

Lots of pluses and minuses. Since I’ve got a lot of water filter/purifiers, I feel I can safely and objectively compare my experience with them in reviewing this Vario. For sure, it’s a little heavier and bulkier than say, a Hiker Pro. At it’s best, it works great. At it’s worst…well, more about that later.First the pros and cons;Pro;1. It can pump fast and with only mild effort. The bidirectional pump action can really move the water, especially if you have it setup to bypass the ceramic disk.2. I love the threaded bottle adapter built in to the base. Very nice if you’re used to trying to balance everything on rocks!3. The charcoal bit removes most unpleasant flavors. Mind you, if the water really smells horrible to start with, you’re limited with what the charcoal can do.4. Good instructions, packaging, decent carry bag, little tube of silicon lubricant is a nice touch from a reputable company.Cons:1. It can refuse to start pumping. The…

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