Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gear Review: The Most Rugged Matches for Camping Trips

I’ve camped in all sorts of conditions, including in snowdrifts in the winter with gale-force winds. And, one of my biggest problems -- aside from staying warm -- is lighting my camp stove. Every match just kept fizzling out. Now I carry mega matches that are four-inches long, burn for up to 25 seconds and, even when they’re submerged in water, they’ll relight. These are meaty matches manufactured by UCO. The Titan Stormproof Match Kit packs a dozen of these matches in a floatable, waterproof case. The floatable spec could come in handy: Once when camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (The UP), I woke in the middle of the night to find every small item in my tent floating past my head as a vicious storm rolled through. Sadly, I didn't have the UCO matches.