Katadyn® Vario™ Microfilter™ Water Filtration System



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The Katadyn® Vario Water Filter is a premium drinking water system that combines the benefits of easy operation, high water output, and extended cartridge life. The Katadyn® Vario Water Filter is a premium drinking water system that combines the benefits of easy operation, high water output, and extended cartridge life. The Vario™ is an all-conditions microfilter with field maintainable features that allow you to get your filter up and running again in a pinch. Its dual-piston technology provides maximum output with minimum effort. Another impressive feature is the ability to adjust the filter stages for varying water conditions.

Longer Life Mode
In murky water conditions, a ceramic disc can be engaged to strain water before it is filtered by the primary filter
Faster Flow Mode
In clear water, the Katadyn® Vario water filter is easily adjustable to provide maximum water output.

The Vario™ also features carbon filtration to keep water tasting fresh by reducing chemicals and foul odors. The carbon media is replaceable without replacing the entire filter cartridge.
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Ive had mine for a couple of years now. It goes with me on every kayak trip and never had a problem with it. I would highly recommend it.

Posted on 5/7/13 by elf

Water filter

filter is awesome. even though i got it under a week i was still anxious to get it. it took me a while to look through the parts and how to use them. now that i know im ready to filter. 500 gallons awesome. as a heads up there is this grey liquid that comes out first which is probably excess charcoal which is normal. anyone notices that your all good. look up [product] videos to get an idea of your product just as an overview. ill for sure make room for my BOB.

Posted on 11/12/12 by nicholas

Great Filter

We used these filters in the boundary waters. They were great very easy to use.

Posted on 11/4/11 by Brian


I used one of these on a 2 week trip to Voyager National park. It was flawless! I did have a back up straw, but it was never used. If you need a filter your life depends on, that weights very little...get one. Also it screws onto around half of all water bottles made, a nice feature.

Posted on 6/8/10 by Sam

Vario is one of the BEST

I bought the vario for my 50 miler hike I did and it worked great. I am glad I did not get any thing else.

Posted on 9/3/08 by AJ

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Katadyn Vario Water Filter Manual
Microfiltration Method:
Cleanable ceramic disc lengthens life of primary microfilter. 0.3-micron high surface area pleated glassfiber microfiber removes waterborne bacteria and cysts. Replaceable carbon core reduces chemicals, pesticides and bad taste in water.
Up to 2 quarts per minute
Cartridge Capacity:
Up to 500 gallons, depending on water quality
15 oz.

Includes:Prefilter, Deluxe Carry Bag and Cleaning Pad.

Additional Info
The Katadyn Vario also has a unique feature that allows the internal carbon to be replaced, reducing chemicals and keeping water tasting fresh. The ease of direct attachment to the most popular water bottles and hydration systems adds to the convenience of this handy filter.
  • Katadyn® Vario™ Microfilter™ Water Filtration System
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