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Katadyn Vario Microfilter

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Katadyn Vario Microfilter

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A ground-breaking combination of ceramic and fiberglass filters, the Katadyn Vario microfilter offers versatile, reliable performance. Simple to use, lightweight and compact, the Vario offers unparalleled output.


A ground-breaking combination of ceramic and fiberglass filters, the Katadyn Vario microfilter offers versatile, reliable performance for varied conditions. Simple to use, lightweight and compact, the Vario offers unparalleled output, effectively filtering up to 2 quarts of water per minute! The Vario effectively removes waterborne bacteria and cysts.

Fiberglass filters are more porous than ceramic filters, so they allow for high volume output, but also have a shorter life expectancy, as they are more prone to wear and tear and reduced performance in very dirty water. Though they offer lesser output than fiberglass filters due to the dense structure, ceramic filters more effectively filter dirty water, are more cleanable and have an extremely long life expectancy. Encasing both filter types in a single housing, the innovative Vario takes advantage of the positive aspects of each, depending on conditions. A simple turn of the Vario puts the ceramic filter to work, filtering 1 quart of water per minute and providing up to 500 gallons of water (depending on water quality) over the life of the filter. Turn the Vario again to engage the pleated fiberglass filter to provide up to 2 quarts of water per minute in less dirty conditions. A smooth-operating ergonomic handle employs dual-piston technology to increase efficiency. An activated carbon core reduces unpleasant tastes and odors, ensuring fresh-tasting water.

The Vario is designed to screw directly into the top of most 32 oz. water bottles but also includes an output hose and that can be used to fill hydration systems or other containers. A lengthy input hose with prefilter makes drawing water from streams or creeks easy and efficient. A deluxe carry bag has instructions and field maintenance tips. The Vario also comes with a cleaning pad.

  • Cleanable, ceramic disc lengthens life of primary microfilter.
  • Pleated fiberglass microfilter removes waterborne bacteria and cysts.
  • Replaceable carbon core reduces chemicals, pesticides and bad taste in water.
  • Filters up to 2 quarts of water per minute.
  • Filter up to 500 gallons over the life of the filter, depending on water quality.
  • Includes a prefilter, 2 packs of replaceable carbon, a cleaning pad and a deluxe carry bag.
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Technical Specs

Best Use
Backpacking, Camping
Field Maintainable
Filter Material
0.2 micron Ceramic and/or 0.3 micron fiberglass
Flow Rate
Up to 2 quarts per minute
Giardia; Cryptosporidium; Bacteria; Taste
Item Weight
15 oz.
Item Dimensions
6.5 in. length
Up to 500 gallons depending on water quality

34 Reviews

4.82 / 5

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Michael V.


Works good, but is heavy and bulky


This filter works just fine and would be ideal if you have a group of people and need to pump a lot of water, as it pumps a large volume fast.


This filter is on the heavy side and takes up a lot of room in my pack. I only need enough water for me and my wife so this is overkill. I have switched to a mini filter that only weighs a few ounces and can fit in my pocket. It is slow, but that's OK since I only need enough water for two people.



Good overall


Filters water quickly and screws onto my water bottle very easily so I don't need to use the output tube.


Feels slightly heavier than I expected.

Matt B.




Worked like a charm in Panthertown, NC. Other hikers were asking to use mine! Very quick and easy - no slowdown.


A bit bigger than others but worth it!

Chris A.


Easy Peasy


Easy to clean High Volume Pump


Water outlet tip appears to be fragile

Rhett B.


Worth the Weight


It was this or the hiker pro. For me, half the time pumping ice cold lake water while perched awkwardly on a rock or log is worth the seven extra ounces. I'm usually with a group, though. A solo hiker might disagree. The vario is also much more comfortable to operate than the hiker pro and it feels sturdier.


Weight. Without packaging, the filter and hoses weigh about 16.7 oz. Changing the setting requires taking the filter apart. The Connection point for the input hose protrudes and seems fragile. If it snaps off, the filter will be useless.

Alexis L.




As soon as I have receive the Filter we went out backpacking right away, and when we tried the filter the water is very clear and the taste is very good. Since this is the 1st time we use it I don't know how long would it last. but this is worth the money for these kind of filter.


nothing to Dislike,



Efficient and reliable


As advertised, lightweight, compact and efficient. Have not had to use it a lot, but great when needed. Small enough to carry - just in case needed.



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Easy to setup and use. Quick, fast and water tastes great


No dislikes

Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer



Sleek, modern design Duel filters Pumps relatively quickly


Expensive Bulky for lightweight camping

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easy use, fast operation. Connected it directly to my water bottles



Nathan C.



I finally had a chance to get out and use my Vario now that the deep freeze has lifted. I filled my 1L Platy bottle in about 30 seconds on the longer life filter setting. The filtered water was crystal clear and had no bad taste, a result of the carbon filter core. The pumping motion was intuitive as well.


The plastic bag that came with the unit to store the output (clean) hose tore just under the zip closure. Not a fault of the filter, but definitely something i"ll have to find a more durable replacement for.

Marcie C.



Easy to use and does a great job. Really like how fast it can filter water.


Nothing that I've discovered yet!