The Katadyn Base Camp water filter is easy to use, cranks out a lot of water quickly, and it does a good job of cleaning up the nasties. Bike not included.
Water is a powerful and relentless force, but it is predictable is what my swiftwater rescue instructors drilled into me and to their credit it stuck. A strong reminder of those facts is all over the TV news the last few days. Hurricane Sandy has shown us agan the importance of proper preparation and just how important clean water is to basic survival.
With the utilities still out for millions drinking water is a real issue. I use a number of water filtration slash purification techniques and devices in the wilderness setting but the Katadyn Base Camp is the one that I would recommend for home owners because it is easy to operate and generates a relatively large capacity of water in a short time.
Features; dry bag slash roll top design, gravity fed, 2.6 gallon capacity, 16 ounce per minute flow rate, filter duration of an estimated 200 gallons, a 48 inch delivery tube, a filter that traps bad stuff down to .3 microns which includes silts, cysts, protozoa, bacteria (Giardia, Salmonella, and Crytosporidia), and the activated charcoal core eliminates taste and odor.
All you need is a water source, a place to hang the filter, and something to collect it in. A pretty slick rig that only weighs 11 ounces so it is suited for backcountry use too. In fact, that is where I use it most.
The Base Camp is extremely easy to operate. Open, fill, roll the top closed, hang it up, and collect water coming out of the tube. That is it.
Pour water in the top and it runs out the tube at the bottom. Piece of cake.
Here are a couple of tid bits you should know about how this thing works. First, when the water starts coming out of the tube a small amount of the charcoal will come out but that is normal and it won’t hurt you. It usually settles to the bottom of the container quickly anyway but I let the water run for 15 to 20 seconds to clear everything out before I put the tube in my Nalgene bottle.
Second, make sure the filter is properly seated in the bottom of the bag or it will leak which is not a problem but the additional drip, drip, drip is annoying.
Third, when you are done filtering your water open the top of the bag, hang it upside down, and let it drain slash dry out. Also, disconnect the hose and whip it around over your head to clear it out as well.
This is a great filter and like I said it works as well in the urban setting as it does in the boonies. Get one and be ready because water is a big deal when you can’t simply walk over to the spigot and turn it on when ever you want. Remember, you can be totally prepared or totally screwed. It is up to you.
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