Friday, July 6, 2012

Austin Kayak Summer Gear Giveaway

Want to win some free gear? I sure as hell do. Nothing better than free. The good folks at Austin Kayak are giving away free gear throughout the summer. Go to for details. Good Luck!!

Austin Kayak is a trusted dealer by Thrifty Gear. Remember the Kelty Lakota 65 review?

Stove Review: Ultralight Backpacking Canister Stove by JOGR

A lot of the time, good quality gear on the cheap can be hard to find. I wanted to purchase a small canister stove but didn't want to pay a lot for a little gadget. I was beginning to research making a homemade alcohol stove for just pennies when I found this gem on Amazon... The Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove (UBCCS) by JOGR. This stove is currently selling for $12.45 on Amazon. At the time of this review it has garnered 4.5 stars on 91 reviews.

The list weight for the stove is 3.9 oz. with the case included! It has piezo ignition and a HIGHLY adjustable flame. You can get a small flame for a slow simmer or dial up a rager to lift a hot air balloon. I used the UBCCS on a couple of weekenders this spring and it worked great. As seen in the pictures, I primarily used my 1.1L MSR Stow-Away pot with the stove. The flame spreads evenly across the bottom of the pot which lends to even cooking provided you're on a level surface.

Is this stove rugged enough for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike? Probably not. There are more rugged and expensive models for that. Will this stove work great for fun weekend trips? YES! You can pay $34.65 for the MSR Pocket Rocket or $69.95 for the Soto OD-1R for better quality products, but for $12.45 the Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove by JOGR suites me just fine. Buy the UBCCS here. Visit JOGR's Amazon product page here.