Katadyn BeFree Wins Runner’s World Gear of the Year

December 15, 2016

The award acknowledges Katadyn’s innovation in performance for the BeFree integrated microfilter and SoftFlask

Minneapolis, Minn. (December 15, 2016) — The Katadyn BeFree earned the prestigious Gear of the Year award from Runner’s World for its ultra-light, compact design and trusted filtration performance.

The Swiss leaders in water filtration and purification partnered with SoftFlask™ technology leader Hydrapak® to create an ultra-light .6L water filtration system that can pack down to fit into any sized pocket. The intelligent design weighs a mere 58 grams, offers quick accessibility to safe drinking water and includes a two year ‘No Leak Guarantee.’

“We are thrilled the BeFree filter has won the Runner’s World Gear of the Year Award. Runners and endurance athletes were at the top of our mind when we developed the ultralight, ultra-compact, easy-to-use water bottle capable of filtering water on the go,” said Shawn Hostetter, president of Katadyn North America. “The BeFree filter is representative of our proven filtration and the innovation to deliver new technology through fresh, dynamic designs to a vast community of users.”

The BeFree’s sophisticated design introduces elements of hydration and filtration that have not yet been readily available to the market. It’s as smart as it is easy to use. Its unique EZ-Clean Filter Membrane negates the necessity of backflushing, allowing users to simply shake or swish to easily clean the filter anytime, anywhere. The BeFree filter offers easy drinking without sucking due to its unique Free Flowing Channel filter technology.

Katadyn’s trusted filter technology safely removes up to 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa to EPA standards using the new 0.1-micron EZ-Clean hollow-fiber filter. The BeFree™ filter protects users from harmful organisms such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-Coli and Salmonella.

The Katadyn BeFree was selected alongside 25 other premiere running products from hundreds of products for the Runner’s World 2016 Gear of the Year awards.

About Katadyn™
Katadyn is the Switzerland-based market leader for portable, personal water treatment systems and products for the outdoor and marine industries. Under the guiding principle, “Making water drinking water,” Katadyn develops and manufactures its portable water filters, desalinators and chemical disinfectants for camping, hiking or global journeys. With Katadyn products, clean drinking water is possible even in remote corners of the globe. As functionally multipurpose as a Swiss army knife, the finely tuned product portfolio offers diverse and personal solutions for water treatment. Still made in Switzerland today, the product line ranges from water filters and tried-and-true Micropur tablets to the smallest manual desalinator for marine applications. One thing all products have in common is the high standard of quality, reliability and easy operation. For that reason, many international aid organizations as well as the military rely on the survival aid and life-saving support from market leader Katadyn. Katadyn is a brand in the Katadyn Group portfolio. www.katadyn.com