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Katadyn Vario Microfilter Item # KATE7201

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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.


Recommended Use General backpacking, camping or emergency preparedness
Removes Giardia; Cryptosporidium; Bacteria; Taste
Item Weight 15 oz.
Flow Rate Up to 2 quarts per minute
Field Maintainable Yes
Filter Material 0.2 micron Ceramic and/or 0.3 micron fiberglass
Dimensions 6.5 in. length
Capacity Up to 500 gallons depending on water quality

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Likes: 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.

Dislikes: nothing to Dislike,

Reviewed by Alexis L. - September 11, 2015
Efficient and reliable

Likes: 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.

Dislikes: None

Reviewed by howaussie - August 29, 2015

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

Dislikes: No dislikes

Reviewed by Inside Edge M. - February 26, 2015

Likes: Sleek, modern design
Duel filters
Pumps relatively quickly

Dislikes: Expensive
Bulky for lightweight camping

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - December 8, 2014

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

Dislikes: nothing

Reviewed by Inside Edge M. - August 16, 2014

Likes: 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.

Dislikes: 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.

Reviewed by Nathan C. - April 12, 2014

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

Dislikes: Nothing that I've discovered yet!

Reviewed by Marcie C. - June 22, 2013

Likes: i just received the item and haven't used it yet. But planning a trip to Mount Shasta in mid September 2013 and planned to use it then if not before.

Based on research on the product feel that 5 stars is appropriate.

Dislikes: Have nothing to say about it as it hasn't been used yet.

Reviewed by Esther G. - March 19, 2013

Likes: None

Dislikes: None

Reviewed by Derrick G. - October 1, 2012

Likes: My backpacking friend had a MSR MiniWorks, so I was torn between the Vario and MiniWorks. Glad, I got the Vario, beats MiniWorks on all accounts. The double piston draws more water, the flexibility of Faster v/s Longer flow (its best to keep it at Longer, protects the fiberglass filter), sturdy handle, (replaceable) carbon fill for deodorizing and improving taste...Overall, a great filter! You can't go wrong with a Katadyn Vario!

Dislikes: None, just hope that Katadyn reduce the price of spare cartridges, ceramic discs and carbon fills :-).

Reviewed by Kaushik G. - August 14, 2012