Stephen Seeber presents measurements of several market-leading insulations along with four performance metrics to help judge their performance.
Testing & Research
Reports of standardized tests in (somewhat) controlled environments (bench, kitchen, garage, or field) that present real data, and the analysis of that data in a way that educates the user, dispels myths, or otherwise validates/invalidates hypotheses or claims.
Backpacking Light publisher Ryan Jordan subjects the Jetboil Stash to the StoveBench testing protocol to answer the pressing question: is this innovation, or lipstick on a pig?
Stephen Seeber tests the infrared reflective properties of space blankets.
Roger Caffin troubleshoots the heat shunt on V4 of his inverted canister stove design.
In this Unlimited video podcast, Rex Sanders and Ryan Jordan discuss sleeping bag temperature ratings, the ISO 23537 temperature rating standard, and how consumers can interpret the standard to make better buying decisions.
In this installment of Standards Watch, Rex Sanders tackles sleeping bag ratings: the standard, the pros, and the cons.
In this article, I present a DIY testing device (and test results for 30 fabrics) that allows me to measure the hydrostatic head of “waterproof’ fabrics at home.
This article attempts to determine how a heat exchanger welded to the bottom of a pot actually affects fuel consumption.
The goal of this test is to determine the effective age of your backpacking water filter based on comparing its current flowrate to its flowrate when new.
StoveBench defines a protocol that is used to measure two important backpacking stove performance features (power and efficiency) in order to determine a single, quantifiable performance factor called the StoveBench Score.