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How to Choose the Perfect Stove for Backpacking and Camping

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Compressed Gas vs. Liquid Fuel Stoves

One burns more fuel than the next. This one weighs less, but this boils water faster. You’ll be in windy, sub-zero temperatures at the top, but basecamp is in the desert and you want one stove to do it all. Or, one for each. In this video, Mountain Safety Research (MSR) and Tahoe Mountain Sports talk with Tahoe Rim Trail Guides about the various camping and backpacking stove options, edited down to everything you could ever want to know in 12-minutes:

 

Key Benefits

Compressed Gas
Lightweight and compact. No spills means no cleaning. Best flame control. No fuel odors or priming/pumping required.

Liquid Fuel
Greater heat output. Unaffected by altitude or cold temperatures. Most affordable. Reusable and easily disposable. Widespread fuel choices.

 

Key Drawbacks

Compressed Gas
Empty canisters must be packed out and disposed of (check with your local recycling center). Difficult to gauge fuel level (pack an extra canister). Performance decreases as canister empties. Usually less stable.

Liquid Fuel
Heavier/bulkier. Require pumping/priming. Fuel lines can clog. More field maintenance required. Leaking fuel requires wiping. Soot builds up on cookware.

Best For

Compressed Gas
Ultralight backpacking.

Liquid Fuel
Group camping. Winter camping & melting snow. High altitudes. International travel.

Key Notes
- Use a windscreen with liquid fuel stoves to enhance performance, but be careful doing so with canister stoves because they can overheat and explode!
- Always pack an extra lighter and/or waterproof matches.

Comparison Chart

Product Fuel Type Weight (oz) Boil Time Burn Time
(200 ml/gm)
Heat Output
(BTU)
Retail
Snow Peak GigaPower Stove
Snow Peak Gigapower
Canister 3.75 3 min 48 sec (1 Liter) 50 min 10,000 $49.95
Snow Peak LiteMax Stove
Snow Peak LiteMax
Canister 1.9 4 min 25 sec (1 Liter) 50 min 11,200 $59.95
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Jetboil Flash
Canister 14 2 min 30 sec (.5 Liter) 120 min 4,500 $99.95
Jetboil Sol Titanium Cooking System
Jetboil Sol Titanium
Canister 10.5 2 min 15 sec (.5 Liter) 120 min 4,950 $159.95
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
MSR Pocket Rocket
Canister 3 3 min 30 sec (1 Liter) 60 min 10,000 $39.95
MSR Reactor Stove
MSR Reactor (1.7 L)
Canister 17.5 3 min (1 Liter) 104 min 9,400 $199.95
MSR Dragonfly Stove
MSR Dragonfly
White Gas 14 3 min 30 sec (1 Liter) 42 min 10,500 $139.95
Kerosene 14 3 min 54 sec (1 Liter) 51 min
Diesel 14 3 min 30 sec (1 Liter) 46 min
MSR XGK-EX Stove
MSR XGK-EX
White Gas 13.2 3 min 30 sec (1 Liter) 37 min 10,500 $159.95
Kerosene 13.2 2 min 48 sec (1 Liter) 33 min
Diesel 4 min 30 sec (1 Liter) 57 min
MSR Whisperlite
MSR Whisperlite
White Gas 11 3 min 54 sec (1 Liter) 46 min 9,500 $89.95
MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove
MSR Whisperlite
Universal
White Gas 11.5 3 min 30 sec (1 Liter) 110 min 9,500 $139.95
Kerosene 11.5 4 min 24 sec (1 Liter) 155 min
Canister 9.5 3 min 48 sec (1 Liter) 75 min
MSR Whisperlite International Stove
MSR Whisperlite
International
White Gas 10.9 3 min 30 sec (1 Liter) 110 min 9,500 $99.95
Kerosene 10.9 3 min 24 sec (1 Liter) 155 min

*Did we miss any important features you think shouldn’t have been overlooked? Please let us know in the comments section (below).

 

Outside Magazine’s 2013 Gear Of The Year At Tahoe Mountain Sports

Friday, May 31st, 2013

outside mag gear of the year

 

 

We found more than twenty Gear Of The Year winners in the 2013 Outside Buyer’s Guide that are sold at Tahoe Mountain Sports. It feels good to be reassured we’re carrying the gear you want the most! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in the mag and in our store.

 

The following products were chosen by Outside Magazine’s team of testers and may or may not reflect the true opinions of TMS employees.

 

 

 

 

Best Multi-Day Backpack

Deuter Aircontact Pro 70 + 15

 

The Deuter Aircontact Pro 70+15 was deemed the “best for the heftiest loads” and “most breathable big pack” because its padding and fit system work so well and provide great comfort while ventilating to keep you cool.

 

 

 

osprey xena 85

 

Osprey Xenith 88 and Women’s Xena 85
The best all around backpacking backpack that holds tons of gear and is featuristic, plus hugs the hips very well. The heat-moldable hip belts come standard, as with any Osprey backpacking pack, and are great for hauling larger loads.

 

Best Day Pack or Overnight Pack

the north face casimir 36

 

The North Face Casimir 36 Backpack is the “best pack for overnights and all day adventures”. With minimalist features, a fast and light design, and one of the most customizable hip belts and torso lengths on the market, this ultralight daypack is perfect for overnight jaunts or bagging peaks from basecamp. Click here to watch the video.

 

 

Best Backpacking Tents

the north face mica fl 2

The best Tent Of The Year is The North Face Mica FL 2 - a three-season, two-person ultralight backpacker. It weighs less than 3-lbs, sets up in a jiffy and breathes incredibly well. Vertical sidewalls create more comfortable living space and, according to testers, the Mica FL 2 has “the easiest doors to climb in and out of”. Click here to watch the video.

 

 

 

Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag

nemo nocturne 30

The Nemo Nocturne 30 spoon-shaped sleeping bag is the best bag yet for those of us who sleep on our sides and want the most comfortable sleep possible in the backcountry. The curves mimic our body shape, a water-resistant footbox protects the insulation from condensation on your tent wall, and the bag only weighs two pounds.

 

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