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Snow Peak GigaPower LI Backpacking Stove (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: Snow Peak raises the bar for remote canister stoves designed to work with inverted canisters: they have increased power and reduced weight.

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by Ken Knight, Roger Caffin | 2008-01-25 22:26:00-07

This product feature was published in conjunction with the Virtual Pack Project from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008. Click here for more information about the ORWM 2008 Virtual Pack Project.

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The new Snow Peak GigaPower LI Backpacking stove is more powerful and lighter than the Metal Crab shown off at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007.

At the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007 we were introduced to the Snow Peak Metal Crab which represents Snow Peak's first foray into the realm of remote canister stoves. That stove was a direct competitor to the Coleman Xtreme which we consider to be a very fine stove for winter expedition use. However, like the Coleman Xtreme, that version of the Metal Crab was rather heavy at 14.5 oz.

The new version of the LI Backpacking stove has now raised the bar to a new height for remote canister stoves that fully support inverted canisters. The weight has been reduced to 10.4 oz (295 g) and the power output has been raised to 10,000 BTU/hr (2.9 kW). Of course, there are few occasions when you want that much power, but melting snow is one of them.

The LI Backpacking stove has true support for the use of inverted canisters as advocated in our previous articles Selecting a Canister Stove for Cold Weather Backpacking Part I: Stove and Fuel Fundamentals and Selecting a Canister Stove for Cold Weather Backpacking Part II: Commercially Available Canister Stove Systems. This technique allows the LI Backpacking stove to solve the notorious problem of low fuel pressure due to canister cooling and preferential evaporation of propane in the fuel mixture. This stove could make an excellent addition to a backpacker's winter kit, especially for snow conditions. It is for this reason that we have decided to place this stove in our virtual backpacker's virtual backpack.

We look forward to reviewing this stove in more detail in the future.

  • MSRP:$159.95
  • Weight: 10.4 oz (295 g)
  • 10,000 BUT/hr (2.9 kW) output.

 

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Close up of the stove showing valve and hose connection.

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The inverted canister on its stand.


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"Snow Peak GigaPower LI Backpacking Stove (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)," by Ken Knight, Roger Caffin. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/snow_peak_gigapower_li_stove_backpacking_orwm08.html, 2008-01-25 22:26:00-07.

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Snow Peak GigaPower LI Stove Backpacking (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
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Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
Snow Peak GigaPower LI Stove Backpacking (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008) on 01/25/2008 22:20:19 MST Print View

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Snow Peak GigaPower LI Stove Backpacking (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

john griffith
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Locale: Southeast U.S.
snow peak gigapower li stove on 02/22/2008 07:16:28 MST Print View

Does anyone have have information on when this bad boy will be available?

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: snow peak gigapower li stove on 02/22/2008 15:02:23 MST Print View

Snow Peak USA still doesn't have much: 2008 New Stove

However, the Japanese Site has had some details for a while...
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Edited by jdmitch on 02/22/2008 15:03:29 MST.