July 9, 2006 - Admin
Not Necessarily Drinking Water
An icy cold fast flowing snow melt stream is not a place you would expect to find contaminated water. Most of us would like to think our lakes, streams and rivers are sparkling clean and free from micro organisms. Unfortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 90% of the world’s fresh water is contaminated. Outdoor activities like hunting, camping, hiking and fishing require? plenty of? safe drinkable water for each of the participants.
If you are old school (yes, I am), two safe water solutions quickly come to mind. One is boiling water and the second is iodine tablets. Boiling will make water safe to drink but it takes time for the water to heat, then cool. Boiling also requires a reliable heat source. Wilderness medical specialists suggest bringing water to a rolling boil for at least a minute. And the trusty iodine tablets have proven to not be as effective in producing safe drinking water as we once thought.
For many years, iodine tablets have been used as an inexpensive method of killing micro organisms. However, recent studies conclude that iodine tablets alone are not effective against Crypto, one of the common waterborne protozoa. Therefore, iodine tablets can no longer claim to remove all types of micro organisms. And it never tasted good.
Enter Katadyn, a Swedish company with a 75 year history of producing high quality products used whenever safe drinking water isn’t available – for travel, backpacking, camping, hunting, boating, militaries, emergencies, and humanitarian operations. More outdoor enthusiasts choose Katadyn water systems than any other brand – they are lightweight, compact and efficient. Katadyn products receive the highest ratings by Backpacker Magazine, OutdoorReview.com and outdoor enthusiasts.
Katadyn offers three categories of water treatment products to meet the varying needs of outdoor enthusiasts:
- Endurance Series products fit those outdoor users who demand products with the ultimate in durability, reliability, and lifespan.
- Backcountry Series products offer reliability and ease of use to meet the needs of the vast majority of outdoor enthusiasts.
- Ultralight Series products are the lightest water treatment products on the market, designed for those who are traveling light or solo.
We stock? each of the above series of Katadyn products. But picking the product to showcase in this post was easy. The Pocket Microfilter, a part of the Endurance Series of products has been our number one seller for the past couple of months. The first thing I noticed in looking at the product is? its obvious quality in machining and the rugged design. The filter is 10 inches long and weighs 20 ounces.
The Pocket Microfilter is the longest lasting, most durable filter on the market and provides up to 13,000 gallons of safe drinking water (that’s not a typo -? really 13 thousand gallons!). It’s used by militaries, relief organizations and professionals who rely on their filter regularly and require the very best. Katadyn is the only company to use 0.2 micron silver impregnated ceramic to prohibit bacterial growth and extend cartridge life. Rugged stainless and aluminum design carries a lifetime warranty, making the Pocket the last filter you’ll ever need. And you can rest assured knowing it safely eliminates viruses, bacteria, Giardia and Crypto.
The Katadyn product line has a water filter for about any need and price range. They also produce the only water purification tablet that meets the full EPA Water Purifier Test Standards to control viruses, bacteria, and Crypto. At $13.95 for 30 tablets you might just bypass some unpleasant extra curricular activities on your next trip.
Let us know if we can help you select one of the Katadyn filter products for your camping, hunting, hiking and outdoor drinking water needs. When you are equipped with a portable water system from Katadyn, you’ll always know you can make any water, drinking water.