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Vertex Backpacking Stove

For when weight really matters

Backpacking stoves need to work no matter the conditions. This one does.     Photo: Courtesy of Vertex

The Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove might be the most lightweight, simple backpacking stove we’ve ever seen—it weighs just 1.8 ounces and packs completely flat.

The stainless steel contraption is designed with a full, built-in windscreen and, with no moving parts or valves, it's easy to set up instantly. 

The stove supports Esbit 14-gram solid fuel tablets, which burn at low temperatures and high elevations, and can serve as fire starters in a pinch. Plus, you'll know exactly how much fuel you have left (no more running out of gas before your water boils). With the tablets, you can boil 16 ounces of water in about eight minutes, according to the company. The stove also works with the Trangia spirit alcohol burner.

The final bonus? The Vertex comes with a lifetime warranty.

$40, vertexoutdoors.com

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