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Katadyn Vario Water Filter Review – Get the Kind of Water
You Want to Drink!
Ready Lifestyle Contributing Author
May 3, 2018
Katadyn Vario Dual Technology Microfilter Review
The Katadyn Vario Microfilter is a midsized option from
a company long renowned for quality water filtration
systems. This filter will give you great flow rates and
decent lifespan without breaking the bank. Expect
some of the best tasting water that just looks
immaculate every time you use this filter. It does not
Katadyn Vario Dual Technology Microfilter
Ease of Use
Good for a group of people.
Can filter 2,000 liters before the filter elements need to be replaced.
Charcoal secondary filter to remove chemicals.
The handle feels somewhat weak.
Needs to be disassembled and cleaned periodically.
At 1.5 lbs, the weight could be a concern for some.
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Who Should be Interested in the Katadyn Vario Water Filtration System?
Weighing in at just over a pound and around the size of a Yeti cup, this is quite a bulky filter
and may not be the best choice for a lightweight backpack option. The performance does make
this filter a quality choice for times when carry weight and size are not key factors. When
setting up a base camp or for use around the home, this is a great filter choice.
Most of the features of the Katadyn Vario are on par with similarly priced pump style filters.
Flow rates are around a half gallon a minute which is plenty fast to keep even a large group in
water. This flow rate is for the “Fast Flow” configuration. If you opt for the “Better Filtration”
setup, expect flows to be about half that amount which is still pretty fast.
The pore size of the Vario is .2 micron which is good enough to keep out all of the bad bacteria
and protozoa that may be in a water source. The Vario’s optional secondary filter will also trim
down chemicals in the water and leave it perfectly clear and fresh.
Pump style filters are notoriously easy to use and the pump on the Vario is no exception. It is
comfortable and well-placed making what can otherwise be a frustrating task quite easy. Like
other pump style filters, the input hose can pull water from just about any source whether a tiny
rivulet or deep in a rock fissure.
For a midsized group, Katadyn Vario Microfilter is a great option for addressing water needs.
Just a few minutes can process plenty enough for drinking, cooking and other tasks that may
come up. The pore size with a charcoal secondary element gives you some sense of comfort
that your water is going to be clean and free of all the usual concerns.
For the most part, the pump feels solid and sturdy. Even the filter elements (which are
replaceable) seem robust. This is the type of filer you can throw in your pack and feel confident
that it will come out working no matter what you drag it through.
The filter capacity of around 2000 liters or a bit over a thousand days of water is pretty
impressive for a filter of this type. You should have no concerns that your water needs will be
met for the duration of most trips or emergencies. In order to get proper performance and
lifespan, you will have to keep the filter cleaned and maintained. Most filters will break long
before they reach the capacity, but I think the Vario could probably stand up to nearly three
years of solid use.
Though the Katadyn Vario water filter I used had no issues whatsoever, I do feel that pumping
particularly turbid or sediment-filled water could cause a lot of wear and tear. This filter does
have moving parts unlike a gravity, straw, or squeeze type filter. If there is a point of failure on
this filter, it would be the handle.
For most situations, a pound and a half is pretty light. For backpacking or abug out bag, I think
the size and weight of this filter is a deterrent. There are plenty of smaller filters that can do the
job quite well and weigh a fraction of this amount. Using a pump style filter is also an active
task. I prefer a filter I can set up and leave to do its thing while I go about other duties around
Cleaning the filter is not a job for the field. There are a lot of parts and a process to go through
to keep your filter top notch. Not being able to field service a tool is a definite setback. For
anything short term, you can depend on this filter, but I would not want to take it for weeks or
months without having access to a place to do proper maintenance.
Setting the Katadyn Vario Microfilter up with the charcoal secondary element provides a filter
unlike any other in its price range of around $70.00. That coupled with a relatively robust
design, great flow rates, and a good lifespan provide a solid choice for a water filter system.
I think there is a niche that this filter fills. As long as you are in a position to keep it cleaned,
maintained, and use it with the appropriate caution and care, this filter could secure potable
water for long enough to get through most any situation. Water that is not just potable but fresh
tasting and crystal clear. The type of water you actually want to drink.
Confused about which water filter is best for you? Check out our articleHow to Choose the
Best Survival Water Filtration System.
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