In 1999, the first SteriPEN® was sold through REI, and in 2011 TIME Magazine named the SteriPEN® one of the “Top 100 All-Time Gadgets.” The SteriPEN® is now known as the first and fastest portable UV water purifier available. It destroys viruses, bacteria and protozoa—including Giardia and Cryptosporidium—in seconds. Its speed, effectiveness and portability have impressed end users and media alike. Backpacker Magazine, Outside Magazine, Newsweek, and the Today Show have featured SteriPEN® as a powerful, user-friendly alternative to pumps, chemicals and filters.
In August 2017, the SteriPEN® brand was sold to Katadyn North America, and is now part of a fine family of water treatment and outdoor brands.