Katadyn BeFree Awarded Backpacker Editor’s Choice


Minneapolis, Minn. (March 1, 2017)— The Katadyn BeFree earned the prestigious Editor’s Choice award from Backpacker—acknowledging Katadyn’s innovation in performance for the integrated microfilter and Hydrapak® SoftFlask™.

"We chose the BeFree for an Editors’ Choice award because of its super fast flow, easiness to clean, wide/stiff mouth that let us fill it from shallow streams, and the soft-sided, packable design," said Scott Yorko, gear editor of the SS17 Backpacker Gear Guide.


Katadyn, the Swiss leaders in water filtration and purification, partnered with SoftFlask technology leader Hydrapak to create an ultra-light .6L water filtration system that can pack down to fit into any sized pocket. The intelligent design weighs a mere 58 grams, offers quick accessibility to safe drinking water and includes a two-year ‘No Leak Guarantee.’

“We are incredibly honored to receive an Editor’s Choice award from Backpacker—a publication and expert resource deeply trusted and reputable for our consumers,” said Shawn Hostetter, president of Katadyn North America. “The BeFree is representative of Katadyn’s ability to develop innovative, trusted designs that cater to a wide audience of outdoor enthusiasts, from backpackers to trail runners to fly fishers.”

Featuring a unique EZ-Clean Filter Membrane, the BeFree eliminates the need of backflushing, allowing users to simply shake or swish to easily clean the filter anytime, anywhere. The BeFree filter also offers easy drinking without sucking due to its unique Free Flowing Channel filter technology.

Katadyn’s trusted filter technologysafely removes up to 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa to EPA standards using the new 0.1-micron EZ-Clean hollow-fiber filter. The BeFree™ filter protects users from harmful organisms such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-Coli and Salmonella.

The Katadyn BeFree was selected alongside 10 other premiere products from hundreds of products for the Backpacker Spring 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards.

About Katadyn™

Katadyn is the Switzerland-based market leader for portable, personal water treatment systems and products for the outdoor and marine industries. Under the guiding principal, “Making water drinking water,” Katadyn develops and manufactures its portable water filters, desalinators and chemical disinfectants for camping, hiking or global journeys. With Katadyn products, clean drinking water is possible even in remote corners of the globe. As functionally multipurpose as a Swiss army knife, the finely tuned product portfolio offers diverse and personal solutions for water treatment. Still made in Switzerland today, the product line ranges from water filters and tried-and-true Micropur tablets to the smallest manual desalinator for marine applications. One thing all products have in common is the high standard of quality, reliability and easy operation. For that reason, many international aid organizations as well as the military rely on the survival aid and life-saving support from market leader Katadyn. Katadyn is a brand in the Katadyn Group portfolio. www.katadyn.com

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