The Katadyn Hiker and the MSR MiniWorks are two of the more popular hiking, camping and backpacking water filters on the market. Of the two, which is the better choice? If all you look at is price then the Katadyn Hiker is the easy winner at around $56, which is $20 less than the MSR MiniWorks which comes in a around $75. So can we justify the MSR Miniworks costing $20 more than the Katadyn Hiker? Let’s take a look and find out.
Both the Katadyn Hiker and the MSR MiniWorks have been on the market for years, if not decades. The Katadyn Hiker started off under the Pur water filter bandname in the mid to late 1990s. I know this because I bought one of the Pur water filters before Katadyn bought the outdoor line of Pur water filters. The Katadyn Hiker replacement filters will perfectly fit my Pur filter that is over 25 years old. From time to time those old Pur water filters will pop up on Ebay at a discounted rate. So if you wanted to save a few dollars keep and eye on Ebay, get one of those older filters, then put a new replacement filter in it. But after you do that the cost is around that of a new filter.