Katadyn Befree compatible bottles

Discussion in 'Hydration, Hygiene & Health' started by el manana, May 28, 2018.

  1. RobH

    RobH Trail Blazer

    Anyone know where you can get smart water sports tops in the UK similar to what @MartinK9 has on his?
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Chief Slackpacker Staff Member

    You get sport caps on the 850ml bottles
  3. RobH

    RobH Trail Blazer

    Yeh I use those, but I am ham fisted and the cap never lasts long and your left with a sharp edge until you trim it down. Pull and drink would be great.
  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Salomon are now selling befree compatable soft flasks....
  5. Mythical1

    Mythical1 Day Walker

    Hello everybody. I was doing some research on the Katadyn BeFree filter and found this thread.

    To address the OPs question, I'm going to be using this CNOC Outdoors bottle with BeFree threads. It's a large bottle, 70oz, here's the link:
    https://cnocoutdoors.com/collection...2019-vecto-42mm-orange?variant=20550088032345

    Another thing I see discussed is the filter clogging, especially when the water has a lot of particulate matter in it. I have not laid my hands on the filter yet, but by looking at the pics, I would think that a simple homemade cotton sleeve placed around the filter and secured with a rubber band, would act as a pre-filter and prevent a lot of material from getting into the filter itself. That pre-filter would be very easy to clean when it gets clogged. I would think a medium coarseness cotton cloth would work well because it would provide a large filtering surface and not overly impede water flow. Maybe a fleece fabric would work better? Either way, I'll be adding a pre-filter to mine. Having a rubber band in my water before it's filtered doesn't bother me, LOL. Are there food grade rubber bands?

    Anybody ever try that with these filters? Looks to me like it would work great with this design.
  6. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I made a filter as you describe with silnylon, despite the health risks of 3sq inches of fabric coated in inert silicone. The water where I was walking is so clean anyway that I doubt it was any use at all. But mechanically I can confirm that it worked.
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  7. Foxster

    Foxster Section Hiker

  8. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Boosting an old thread because I recently found that the sports cap from 330ml Highland Spring water bottles that you see in supermarkets sold in 6s and 12s fit the 600ml still Smart Water bottle.

    Also not tried one yet but the Hydrapack Crush 750ml bottle has a 42mm cap.
    https://www.sportsshoes.com/product/hyd17/hydrapak-crush-bottle-(750ml)/
  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    78gm for the large...lead lined?
  10. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Where'd you get that from? I couldn't see the weight.

    BTW some of the Salomon soft bottles have 42mm thread. Probably just rebadged.

    I was searching to find what supermarket bottles would fit and found my way back here.
  11. random_watcher

    random_watcher Backpacker

    I have a Hydrapak Seeker 2L water bag which also has the 42mm thread and that fits my BeFree filter and seems to work well with the high flow rate of the filter for filling other containers if needed.
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  12. markgoodlad

    markgoodlad Trail Blazer

  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Only the salomon 2021 wide mouths will fit the befree. The threads on the salomon xa are 5he same but flow rate would be reduced when using a befree inside. The salomon filter is narrower as opposed to the wider befree.
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  14. jacobyte

    jacobyte Day Walker

    Bit off topic, but to UK Sawyer users; all the "Actiph" plastic bottles (600ml with sports cap and 1litre with flat cap) have threads that fit the Sawyer filters. I got my bottles in Holland & Barret (600ml) and Booths supermarkets (1 litre). They have a list of stockists on their web site (search for "Actiph").
    To backflush my filter, a Sawyer micro, remove the cap from the clean end, attach the supplied adapter, screw on an Actiph bottle filled with clean water and backflush away. HTH
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  15. turkeyphant

    turkeyphant Trail Blazer

    Going to ask this again. What's the current options for hard bottles in the UK that fit it?
  16. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    None.... As far as I know...
    ... Now there could be something that's actually new to post about ;) if you can find one?
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  17. Stuart

    Stuart Section Hiker

    One way around this though, given the flow rate, is to simply fill a water bottle from the befree and drink from that rather than a bottle connected to the befree.
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  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    That's what I do with my Salomon flasks. Then always try to drink the filter flask 1st so I can top up & go.
    Just upsets the weight balance on my front pockets.. So have a sip from one side and a guzzle from the opposite.
  19. turkeyphant

    turkeyphant Trail Blazer

    Not sure I'm following what you mean here?
    Last edited: May 17, 2021
  20. Stuart

    Stuart Section Hiker

    I fill the Befree with dirty water and then immediately filter it into a more sturdy "normal" plastic drink bottle which is easier to handle than the Befree flexible bottle. The flow rate is fast, this takes seconds. I'd also carry additional dirty water in a larger flexible bottle.
    Hope that makes sense.
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  21. turkeyphant

    turkeyphant Trail Blazer

    Thanks it does. Just means the soft flask is dead weight though?
  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    My post? Or someone else's?
  23. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Shouldn't be Sean as dead weight as we all need a dirty bottle/flask and it can still be used to carry additional water when needed :thumbsup:
  24. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    This is what I do too. But without carrying additional dirty water. I Just filter what I want to carry into regular bottles and go on my way.

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