In This Issue
- Trail Designs Toaks 850ml Ti Pot + Fissure Ti-Tri Bundle
- Fenix EO5 Keychain Flashlight
- Discovery Trekking Outfitters Utralight
Trail Designs Fissure Ti-Tri Bundle (with different pot.)
A lightweight multi-fuel stove made of premium materials that provide a cooking solution for most scenarios.
- Light weight.
- Flexibility in kit.
- Variable weight depending on chosen accessories.
This stove is awesome! Multiple fuel options and all of them work well. If carrying fuel doesn’t suit you, just burn wood. While testing this stove system I was pleasantly surprised to see the ease of setup, and flexibility of options. It was a breezy day (11 mph wind) when I tested the stove, that did not seem to affect it at all. The Fissure Ti-Tri is an excellent wind barrier. The optional Inferno Ring works great when you are burning wood and doesn’t add much weight to the package, especially if you are planning to leave the fuel bottle home. I tried all three fuel types (Esbit, denatured alcohol, and wood) and they all worked well. I boiled (rolling boil) 62-degree Fahrenheit water (2 cups) in 8.03 minutes at an elevation of 4426 feet, and 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside using one Esbit fuel block. Using 20 ml of denatured alcohol I was able to get a rolling boil in 7.15 minutes at the same elevation and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toaks 850ml pot that is included with Trail Designs kit.
I did not time the wood burning boil since using wood to make a fire evokes a completely different experience and takes much longer to do. Using the optional Inferno Ring and fire grate, I was able to get a really nice fire going under the same windy conditions. Most all of the pieces nest into the Toaks 850ml pot that comes with the kit (as long as you are only taking one burn method). It’s recommended to use a zip-lock bag to keep the fuel bottle in while you are packing it, that way it won’t leak under altitude and barometric pressure changes. The cap of the fuel bottle does have an o-ring or washer inside to reduce leaks, and there is a provided measuring cup that is marked with ml, cc, tbs, fl oz. and drams measurements. When using the 12/10 stove it’s recommended to only use denatured alcohol (per instructions) and fill it with no more than 40 ml. I tried boiling water with 15 ml first and found that it burned all the fuel before bringing it to a boil, it gave me a simmer. Moving my amount up to 20 ml worked just fine to get a rolling boil that last roughly four minutes. Who is this stove system for? I think it would be great for the experienced lightweight backpacker looking to upgrade to a different system than what they currently have. I think this is a good entry level stove for someone that doesn’t have a lightweight system and wants to migrate from a canister stove. If you need versatility in your system, then this stove system is for you, especially since they offer many different configurations when ordering.
- Buy Now:Trail Designs Toaks 850 ml Ti Pot + Fissure Ti-Tri Bundle
- Manufacturer Website: Trail Designs
Fenix EO5 Keychain Flashlight
A keychain flashlight that offers three lighting modes and runs using one AAA battery.
- Weighs 11.4 grams.
- Digitally regulated output maintains constant brightness level.
- Can stand up on tail cap to work like a candle.
- Twist switch.
- Type 3 hard anodized aircraft aluminium.
This little flashlight is smaller than my pinky finger. The three lighting modes on this are great. I like it more than the previously reviewed Thrunite TI-3, mainly because I think the lighting modes are a little more useful at 8, 25, and 85 lumens. This is an update to the older model that had a mostly diffused lens. This newer version of the E05 has more of a clear lens with a very slim ring around the outside of the lens to diffuse some of the light. It comes with a key ring and a spare o-ring. I used the key ring to pair it with a Victorinox Mini Champ Midnight, because I misplaced it twice while testing it out. The pocket knife made it a little easier to keep track of. One accessory I wish this light had come with would be an optional pocket clip so that I could reverse the clip and attach it to the brim of my hat. I’m not sure that I would need to carry it while backpacking. I usually only carry a handheld backup light if it can also serve in place of a headlamp. However, this is an excellent keychain light!
Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultralight Towel
A backpacking towel that dries quickly and contains silver to deter bacterial growth.
- Quick drying.
- Very Absorbent.
- Contains silver chloride to stop bacterial growth.
- Bluesign approved, environmentally safe, antibacterial technology.