Category: Gear Reviews

TheBackPacker August 30, 2012 0

BioLite CampStove Review

. BioLite stoves make cooking on wood as fast, clean and easy as petroleum fuels while generating electricity to keep your gadgets charged off-grid.

This video produced by BioLite shows exactly how the stove works. However, a complete review done by explains the substance beyond the hype. Watch the video, then read the gear review ”

The BioLite CampStove received a huge amount of media attention this summer for being the first camping stove that can burn wood for cooking and recharging USB-enabled electronic devices.


BioLite CampStove – The Substance Beyond the Hype

How does the BioLite CampStove Work?

How long does it take to recharge a cell phone?

How long does the wood in BioLite Stove take to burn?

TheBackPacker August 16, 2012 0

Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Pad Review

Thanks to  for testing out the Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad.

The large size measure 25 inches wide and 77 inches tall, with a 2.5 inch depth. It weighs in at 1 pound 10 ounces for the large size. Overall a good buy if you go on overnighters often – but maybe too expensive for a casual camper.

A better choice for backpacking in warmer climates, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker sleeping pad adds a level of comfort and durability to this already lightweight air mattress.

  • Therm-a-Rest combines advanced, patent-pending technology and material with decades of experience to offer a lightweight, warm and incredibly compactible sleeping pad
  • Offering twice the warmth of other uninsulated sleeping pads, internal baffling reduces convection heat loss between a warm body and cold ground much like a dual-pane window
  • Innovative baffling also creates an internal truss system that minimizes the movement of air; shift less and rest better!
  • Supple, yet rugged 75-denier? textured polyester fabric on top and a durable 100-denier? polyester on the bottom provide a quiet sleep surface
  • Thermal efficiency without added down or fiber insulation saves weight and allows the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker to pack down small; stuff sack is included

You can buy this at almost all outfitters. Check it out here at Altrec

TheBackPacker December 13, 2011 0

Snow Peak Mini Solo Combo Titanium Cookset

Saving space and weight in your backpack, the Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset has features that will appeal to any ounce-counting solo backpacker or hiker.

The Snow Peak SCS-004T Mini Solo Titanium cook set includes a 28 oz. (0.875 quart) pot with lid, a 10 oz. cup, and a stuff sack.

Like other Snow Peak products, the Mini Solo Titanium Cook Set is designed to save space in your pack. The pot stows inside the cup, and the pot will hold a pair of 7 oz. Snow Peak fuel canisters, or a single canister and a GigaPower stove. This nesting results in a nice compact cooking kit.

Titanium is an advanced, lightweight metal that is more corrosion resistant than stainless steel and more heat resistant than aluminum. The result is a durable cook set that weighs only 5.5 oz.


Key Features

  • Titanium construction
  • 28 oz. (0.875 quart) pot with lid
  • 10 oz. cup
  • Mesh stuff sack included
  • Nesting design