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Intro to Rock Gardening: Essential Gear

Intro to Rock Gardening: Essential Gear

By Bill Vonnegut Boats There are many types of kayaks that can be used for rock gardening. My boat of choice for a trip will be determined by where I am heading and the conditions of the ocean. If it[...]

Classic Camp Stoves: MSR XGK

Classic Camp Stoves: MSR XGK

The XGK is a variation of the first MSR stove, the Model 9. It is unclear what happened to models one through eight, I can only surmise they were dismal failures. The Model 9 was the first camp stove [...]

8 Classic Campstoves Reviewed

8 Classic Campstoves Reviewed

Hi, my name’s Darren, and I’m a camp stove geek. Like many things pyrogenic, it all started when I was a Boy Scout. I purchased a Svea 123. Invented over 100 years ago by a Swedish engineer named [...]

Classic Camp Stoves: Coleman 502

Classic Camp Stoves: Coleman 502

Built in the 1970s, this is a lovely little stove that anyone who has used a two-burner with a red tank will recognize. Same basic idea as a Coleman two-burner, except the 502 is compact and fits into[...]

Classic Camp Stoves: MSR Windpro

Classic Camp Stoves: MSR Windpro

The Windpro is a nice canister stove, but the canister is connected by a tube protected by a braided steel covering. It has the advantages of an XGK (good heat output) but with controllability. The Wi[...]

Classic Camp Stoves: Optimus Crux with Elektra Cookset

Classic Camp Stoves: Optimus Crux with Elektra Cookset

The Crux is the smallest stove in this test by far, and weighs just 72 grams. For perspective, that’s 15 nickles. Even as small as it is, it packed a punch. The Crux, like many lightweight stoves, u[...]

Classic Camp Stoves: Svea 123

Classic Camp Stoves: Svea 123

Also known later as “the Hiker,” I have already waxed rhapsodic about its aesthetics. But how does it actually work as a stove? My judgement is clouded by my affection, but I’ll do my best. Obje[...]

Classic Camp Stoves: Kelly Kettle

Classic Camp Stoves: Kelly Kettle

120 years ago, Patrick Kelly, a small-time farmer and fisherman in County Mayo, Ireland, got an idea about heating up water quickly to warm his bones with a cup of tea while fishing on Lough Conn for [...]

Classic Camp Stoves: MSR Reactor

Classic Camp Stoves: MSR Reactor

The folks at MSR took their time getting this stove to market because they wanted to nail it. I think they did. MSR played with heat exchangers early on. These were golden-vaned rings that slipped aro[...]

Classic Camp Stoves: Emberlit Original Stove

Classic Camp Stoves: Emberlit Original Stove

After messing around with tin cans and a mess of other commercially-available stoves, crazy inventor Mikhail created the Emberlit stove. It’s basically seven pieces of metal: four sides, a bottom, a[...]

Field Tested: Brooks Range Invasion Tent

Field Tested: Brooks Range Invasion Tent

Brooks-Range has entered the murky waters of single-wall tents with the Invasion model. There is a lot to like about this tent, touted as a four-season contender. The weight, for one thing, at a feath[...]

Review: YETI Hopper 30 Cooler

Review: YETI Hopper 30 Cooler

Everything about YETI products is heavy-duty. That goes for the portable, ‘soft’ (they don’t feel soft) Hopper series. I prefer the 30 model, which fits snugly sideways between the gunwales of a[...]