Rambling Review – Katadyn MyBottle Purifier
Staying hydrated is arguably the most important aspect of backcountry fly fishing in Arizona. Carrying enough water to stay hydrated for 12 hours on the stream can be borderline backbreaking, and if you are solely relying on carrying purified water, you run the risk of running out of drinkable water on the hike out. My good buddy Antonio turned me on to the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier and I have found it to be one of the most essential pieces of gear that I carry while fly fishing.
Dimensions – The Katadyn MyBottle is 10 inches tall and fits in most backpack/fanny-pack water bottle holders. Empty, the bottle weighs about 8 ounces
Capacity – After cartridge displacement, the MyBottle holds 24 ounces of water.
I have exclusively used the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier for the past year for all of my small stream fly fishing. The concept behind it is pretty simple. Unscrew the cap. Dip and fill the bottle. Put the cap back on and drink. What I really like about the bottle is that I can leave it empty right up until I want a drink. This leaves me carrying much less weight in my pack. When I am ready to head out of wherever I am at, I fill up and have plenty of water for the hike back to the truck.
The model that I have has the full ViruStat Filter. I have drank many gallons through the Katadyn MyBottle and been completely fine. But here is what the Katadayn website says:
“Katadyn MyBottle personal water purification systems utilize a multi-stage, modular system. At the heart
of the system is the ViruStat® microbial purification cartridge. The ViruStat® uses iodide resin to kill
99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including Klebsiella terrigena, and 99.99% of viruses, such as
Poliovirus type 1 and Rotavirus Strain SA-11…”
At the end of every trip, I completely disassemble the water bottle and filter to let them air-dry. This is recommended by the manufacturer to extend the life of the filter and bottle as well as keeping the whole system from getting a funky smell.
The only negative thing that I can say about the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier is how tough it was in the beginning to get water out of it. At the beginning I could get water out but not without a ton of squeezing, but once the bottle and filter were broken in, it flowed much easier.
Lightweight (it’s glorious not having to pack in all the water you’re going to drink)
Ice-cold clean water
Bottle took some time to “break in”/difficult to squeeze and get water
Prognosis: The Katadyn MyBottle is one of my necessities that I take into the backcountry and well worth the investment.
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