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Katadyn Befree Water Filtration System | Review

Katadyn's system will safely filter a huge 1000 litres of water, which should last adventurers years

You probably don’t need us to remind you how important drinking water is. Anyone who knows even a fraction of what they should know knows that staying hydrated, especially when you’ve been getting active, is vital. It’s basic life and death stuff.

But of course when you’re in the middle of nowhere, with a big pack on your back, hiking boots on your feet, and adventure on the brain, access to clean drinking water isn’t always a given.

What you might have access to though are running streams, murky puddles, and other natural water sources that could very well be teeming with microorganisms.

Now normally, we wouldn’t recommend getting stuck into these without thinking. However, if you’ve got a Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System in your pack or pocket the built-in EZ-Clean Membrane will mean you can drink away safely.

“There’s no pumping or UV filtration involved here, just simple squeezing and sucking, like you would from a sports bottle”

This membrane is basically a mass of hollow fibres with 0.1 micron-wide pores that water can pass through but sediment or any harmful bacteria or protozoa cannot (these are typically about 0.2 microns in size). There’s no pumping or UV filtration involved here, just simple squeezing and sucking, like you would from a sports bottle. And it’ll safely filter 1000 litres of water so outdoor enthusiasts who venture out fairly regularly should get a few years of use from it.

It’s the packability of the BeFree that we really love. Weighing a meagre 58g, and small enough when it’s scrunched up to slot into the pocket of your shorts. It must be the lightest and tiniest filter out there at the moment. The only thing that we can think of that comes close is the MSR Trailshot.

Maintaining the EZ-Clean Membrane is quick and easy. Simply fill up the squeezy flask with water, attach the cap, and shake it like a polaroid picture until you’ve shaken any debris free. Then remove the filter from the flask, and swish it about in the nearest lake, river, or stream.

Winner of an ISPO Gold Award, the BeFree bottle and filtration system gives you the freedom to drink anytime, anywhere; meaning you never need to stress about where your next drink is coming from.

We love it.

Tester’s Verdict

“Love stuff like this. Makes life in the outdoors so much easier. Find a stream, and help yourself. So usable. So simple. I’ve had really good use out of my LifeStraw on past trips so the fact that this product basically combines the obvious benefits of that, with a highly packable flask to store the water, means my thumbs are up for this one.” – Athena Mellor, OM gear tester.

Price: £32.82

Weight: 59g

More info: www.katadyn.com

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