Simba Tested - Katadyn BeFree Water Filter Review

Simba Tested - Katadyn BeFree Water Filter Review

Be Free

Water Filter

Notes from Simba

What made you choose this for thru-hiking?

I had seen some other hikers use it here and there, but all of the thru hikers always have sawyers. I started to get sick of using the Sawyer, so Gear:30 gave me this one to try.

How many hiking miles did you use it?


Estimated life?

At 800 miles it was starting to filter slower, but not horrible. I bet it could last 1,000+ hiking miles

Would you use it again?

Definitely. It’s my favorite water filter ever. I’m not switching anytime soon.

Favorite thing about it-

Filters crazy fast.

Least favorite thing about it-

It’s only compatible with Hydrapack.

Would you recommend this to someone else?

In a heartbeat. If you’re going backpacking it’s the best water filter in my opinion.

If not, what would you recommend? 

I recommend this water filter.

To Sum It Up

All of my water filtration throughout my three years of hiking has been with a Sawyer. I was starting to think of trying something new and Gear:30 carried the BeFree. I had no expectations of how well this water filter would work and it proved to be amazing.


Check out these other products that work with the BeFree Filter

Hydropak Seeker 2L 

Hydrapak Stash 750

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