Katadyn BeFree Water Filter Review — CleverHiker

Katadyn BeFree VS Sawyer Squeeze

We used the Sawyer Squeeze for many years before switching over to the Katadyn BeFree. Both filters are affordable, ultralight, compact, and easy to use. But there are a few things we prefer about the BeFree over the Sawyer Squeeze. For one, the BeFree is much easier to clean in the field. We don’t have to worry about toting a backflush syringe, and since the filter element itself is exposed on the BeFree we can see when it’s time for a cleaning. We also prefer the silicone bottle that comes with the BeFree over the plastic squeeze pouch that comes with the Sawyer. We’ve had some durability issues with Sawyer’s pouches in the past, but the bottle that comes with the BeFree has held up a little better in our experience.

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