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December 1, 2016Gear Tasting

Shaving Ounces for Mammoth & Camp Stove Shootout – Gear Tasting 66

Shaving Ounces for Mammoth & Camp Stove Shootout – Gear Tasting 66

On this episode, Bryan explains how he’s attempting to cut down on the weight of his gear for the upcoming Mammoth Sniper Challenge. He also compares both the Jetboil and MSR Windburner stoves in a boiling competition.

For Questions Over Coffee, Bryan gives suggestions on pack organization and making your Go Bag more visible. Finally, he offers his thoughts on lightweight tents available on the market.

In each episode of Gear Tasting, Imminent Threat Solutions Editor-in-Chief Bryan Black answers your gear-related questions and shares his insight into what we’re currently evaluating at ITS HQ.

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  • dje7

    Another cheap pole option with good review is the Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Quick Locks:
    Andrew Skurka has a review of them as well and some advice on replacement tips:

  • Strych9

    Quick suggestion: 

    Now that you’ve moved to a sleeping bag that basically has DriDown in it you can increase the water resistance of the surface layer with a few coats of Scotch Guard. 

    I put the stuff on everything. 2-4 coats. You’ll never know it’s there and it repels water quite well. 

    Also, while it might only save you an ounce or two the MSR pocket rocket stove is much, much smaller than the JetBoil or the WindBurner.

  • vettepilot427


    Thanks for all the work you put in to these gear tasting videos.  A couple of suggestions:

    Therm-a-rest pillow stuff sack.  I like these.  Sil-Nylon outside, microfleece inside.  Use as a regular stuff sack and then turn inside-out for a fleece pillow:

    Also, I swear by Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Compression stuff sack.  Very lightweight and the smallest possible packed size.  They also offer an eVent version that’s a compression dry-sack.  You could carry your sleeping bag outside the pack for a smaller pack size and still have protection from moisture:

    You bag will not need more than the XS or S size.

    Also, since you’re packing poles anyway and it is winter (no bugs) have you considered a tarp option?  Does the event have a minimum allowable ruck weight?  Weight savings to a certain point might be moot if you have to carry a minimum 30lb ruck anyway.

  • Kentrik

    One thing I would like to point out with the windburner is that the wind will actually enhance the flame instead of weakening it like the JetBoil. If you’re in a vacuum or a small valley, the jetboil is great, but it won’t work on a ridge – the exposed areas around the burner suck wind right through. Otherwise, they’re both excellent systems, and you really can’t go wrong with either. Good luck with the challenge!

  • cdennisg

    I carried one of those Recon pads at Philmont last year and couldn’t get it to work for me. Great for weight saving. Not so much for sleeping.

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