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Sanpo's CF Stove - a First Look

I recently received a new alcohol stove from Japan, a wonderful little masterpiece.

Closed stove and pot stand.

I'm not too much of an alcohol stove user, as I prefer wood (Backcountry Boiler, anyone?). However, I was so intrigued by this stove that I decided to buy one and rekindle my interest in alcohol stoves.

It is a carbon felt stove, and the flame can be extinguished and then the rest of the alcohol can be safely transported in the stove - that is something which remembers me of my Trangia from earlier days. Very nice and useful, a reason for me to get it.

The four parts of the stove.

The craftsmanship is superb, as you would expect from something from Japan, as I also say in the video. A lovely little unit, and at 53 g together a pretty light setup. A windscreen, like the Clikstand Ti windscreen, would add 21 g to this, though apparently there's even lighter ones around.

Outside, at 5°C ambient temperature, and a slight wind, and 500 ml of water, I estimate the time till a rolling boil will be around 12 minutes - less if you use a windscreen (I stopped after 10 minutes and as the first bubbles started to rise - I had to get home for dinner =). Testing it in my kitchen I had a rolling boil (600 ml this time) after 7 minutes 45 seconds, this is respectable. I'm never in a hurry when hiking, and don't mind waiting for a while to get my water - enjoying the scenery, having a chat or being are good things to do while waiting for the water to boil.

In my kitchen test the stove was burning for well over 20 minutes with the circa 25 ml of alcohol I poured in it, pretty nice. Thus if you actually cook on the trail, then this could be a good tool for you, as in my tests so far it is pretty fuel efficient.

Watch the Youtube HD video here.

This are only my initial impression with this great little stove, I'm looking forward to taking it out to the trail and see how it performs there. Moonlight Gear sells Sanpo's CF Stove if you want one. Google translate is your friend ;)

The Week in Review

A day late.

News & Various:

Help Andrew Liveris plant a billion trees by donating $1 to the Nature Conservancy to plant 1 tree.

Learn how to cast and present flies with tenkara.

I'd like to welcome the Outdoor Warehouse on the blog, your online source for such fine lightweight brands like Haglöfs, CAMP, Rab, Montane, GoLite, OMM and many more. Check them out!

Addie interviews Mike Clelland! Yes, you should read this.

Jack provides us some fine reading. For free. Around the World on a Bicycle – Google eBookstore is his latest find.

Here's a pretty nifty map of Andrew Skurka's Alaska Yukon trip.

A pilgrimage to Fusiyama.

Tim and Robin lets us in on their spring cleaning. For Gear. Trekking Poles, to be exact.

Chris went for another Tenkara fishing trip, testing the Henry's Fork.

Jörgen took two of everything to Finnmarksvidda. Well, almost. He only took one Joe =)

Markus reviews the Icebug Celeritas. And you should read it.

Mark went to see Andrew Skurka at Midwest Mountaineering Expo.

Blazin' Backcountry Boiler


There's two Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review available this week: 1. and 2.

Backcountry Boiler vs. mKettle video. An epic clash of boilers.

Eugene shares his first impressions of the TrailLite Designs Singletrack Pack with us. If you're looking for a new pack, check this one out.

Dave knows a lot about stoves. He also knows a lot about Super Duper Ultralight Windscreens. He is also so kind to share that knowledge with us.

Need a suitable tripod for backpacking? Read my Joby GorillaPod Review and stop searching!

Alaska Backcountry Camping Techniques - A Learning Experience video.

The Vaude Norrsken mat got two reviews this week, the former by PTC and Carsten compares it against the Exped Synmat 7.5 UL.

Robin gives us the Dartmoor gear roundup.

Chad makes some good arguments for the Six Moon Designs Skyscape.

Maz takes a first look at the OMM Cypher Smock.

Joe talks serious winter gear. More specifically, about the Black Diamond FirstLight.

Stephanie and Dustin also talk tents. For two people. They like the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. And so might you.

The Coastrider has a Fatbike Trailer. I'm sure you now also want one.

Casey tried Orthotics in a Minimalist Shoes. And liked it.

Basti tested the Tech4o Traileader one.

Chris reviews the Columbia Heat Elite Jacket.

Matthias shares his Pacific Crest Trail Gear in a video.

A introduction video of Sanpo's CF Stove rounds out the videos I made this week.



Lower Dirty Devil Flash Tour. Bikes. Packrafts. Utah. Recommended Read.

Steven visited the Sitting Bull Falls in New Mexico. Sunshine and waterfalls should make any outdoor enthusiast smile!

Mike went for a little light bagging around Easedale.

What spring doesn't look like in Finland.

Next time you go for a hike, visit a cemetery. They're lovely. Like the Old Springdale Cemetery.

Antti went for a Sunday walk.

Dondo has Flyin’ Shoes.

Gavin went for a lightweight Epiphany in Glen Affric.

Joby Gorillapod SLR

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It doesn't matter which camera I use, my Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom is always with me. It is a reliable tool and allows me to photograph Northern Lights, dusk, dawn, the moon, and even myself. A must have for me on any trip.


At 241 g it is not the lightest GorillaPod available; I got this specific model to carry my Canon EOS 50D which is about 1460 g - the SLR Zoom carries the camera reliably in all conditions and can actually hold cameras up to 3 kg - though I won't get that heavy cameras! I have used it with all the cameras I had to date, and as these were all lighter and smaller the SLR Zoom was sometimes a bit to much, but I believe when using expensive camera gear that a bit of extra strength isn't a problem - it adds piece of mind. If you have a smaller / lighter camera, check the Joby site to see which one would be appropriate for your gear.

The GorillaPod is like a superflexible Chinese Circus Artist who's able to bend in unbelievable ways while keeping your camera safe and on target. If you're not as flexible, and can't keep your breath for 30 seconds and stand completely still, but want to take some awesome photos, then you should consider carrying a GorillaPod on your trips. It wraps around trees, stands even on slippery rocks, keeps you camera aloft in the snow, and flexes down for macro shots.

A critic I have heard is that it is low (in height) in comparison with normal tripods. While this can be a concern, I see it as a benefit as it allows new angles - it gets boring to see photos shot always from head hight. Besides, if there's trees around, wrap the GorillaPod around it and Voilá, head hight. In my two latest videos I also made extensive use of the GorillaPod to get some fine new angles. Thinking outside the box? Then the GorillaPod is a worthy instrument in your toolbox.

The GorillaPod has some nifty accessoires, like a ballpoint head with a bubble level and spikes to get more hold in soft terrain like snow and mud. Both are accessoires I'd consider getting if you are serious about photography. The bottom line? An item that I carry on every trip as it allows me to take some fine photos where point and shoot ain't enough.

Get yours:

Northern Lights and a telephone mast
Something you can't do without a GorillaPod: Taking 30 seconds exposures of Northern Lights at night.