If you are not using a gravity filter on your backcountry camping trips, you don’t know what you are missing. While some people equate backcountry camping with truly roughing it out including using a manual pump for filtering drinking water, that is one task we rather avoid. Less manual labor equals more time to enjoy nature and the great outdoors in our books. After all, using a gravity filter isn’t really cheating since all you are doing is letting nature do some of the heavy lifting for you. If we have gotten you convinced, you should check out the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L, one of the best gravity filters available today.
The way all gravity filter systems work is pretty much the same. You fill up the bag or reservoir with unfiltered water and then allow gravity to push the water to a water filter to produce clean drinking water. The 0.2 micron pore size filter will filter out sediment, debris and even harmful protozoa and bacteria.
What makes the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L different from the rest is that the filter works much faster than the rest. It can produce as much as 2 liters of water per minute. You will never go thirsty with this water filter. What’s more, with this filtering speed, the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L should be sufficient to provide drinking water for a group of 5 campers. All you need to do is make a few trips to your water source.
We are not absolutely sure but we think that the reason for the filter’s speed is because the filter is placed inside the bag itself and not at the hose like most other models. The Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L also has filter protector screen that protects the main filter from large debris that can damage it. You may have to clean the protector screen once a while but other than that, the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L is practically maintenance free.
The extra fast flow has another great advantage. With the addition of an optional shower head adapter, you can turn the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L into an outdoor shower. Just hang the bag up somewhere with some sunshine and you can even enjoy a warm shower.
Last but not least, the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L is one of the lightest and most portable gravity filter system out there. It is definitely lighter than any of the pump style filters. When not in use, it rolls up compactly for easy storage and transportation.
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