Water Filter Question

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Water Filter Question

Postby gearhunter » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:38 am

Own a Katadyn Hiker Pro which I have used only a handful of times (less < 5). It hasn't been used in probably 3 years.

Is there any reason I should toss it and get a new one? It's just been in the closet.
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Re: Water Filter Question

Postby macgyver » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:46 am

As long as it hasn't been frozen or has any signs of mold/mildew, you should be fine. I broke out a filter that wasn't used in over 4 years, looked clean, and worked fine for a few nights on the trail. You also will want to give it a few test runs in your house to make sure it it pumping properly.
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Re: Water Filter Question

Postby Magnum420 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:54 am

I'd say if it hadnt been abused that it should be fine. If you are worried about it, change the filter and disinfect all of the hoses and attachements. I change the filter in mine every 2-3 years regardless if it needs it or not. Just to be safe.
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Re: Water Filter Question

Postby powhound » Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:24 pm

I had the same concerns with a filter that went unused for about 4 years. So I called the manufacturer and they said that as long as it was dried out properly after the last use it should be fine. I used it on a few trips last year and didn't get sick. So I guess they were right.
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Re: Water Filter Question

Postby ezabielski » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:44 pm

powhound wrote:I used it on a few trips last year and didn't get sick. So I guess they were right.


If you were in Colorado for these trips, it would be extremely unlikely that you would get sick even without a filter.
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Re: Water Filter Question

Postby CO Native » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:50 pm

Actually giardia is fairly common in streams in Colorado and, as I can attest, it's possible to get Cryptosporidia. Just because the water is cold and clear and you're near the source doesn't mean it can't contain microscopic life.
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