User Review: Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
Price Paid: $49.95
So I had finally decided to upgrade from my Wally World stove, the Coleman Peak 1 canister stove. I never really had any issues with the Coleman stove, but it did not compact very well and the plastic shroud surrounding the stove itself was starting to separate.
I decided to purchase the Snow Peak GigaPower stove with Piezo ignitor, not only because of it's small size, excellent reviews, and commendable performance, but also because it was the stove that was found to be most compatible with the GSI Pinnacle Dualist cookset I had also recently purchased.
The Giga came with a protective plastic container, but because mine will be riding in my cookset, it wasn't really necessary for me.
I've found that the stove is very solid once tightened onto the canister and something that I appreciate is it's foldable support arms create a generous surface platform for your pot. This is one reason why I had decided to stay away from stoves like the MSR Pocket Rocket, as I had heard that it doesn't provide enough support for pots.
The Piezo ignitor is a great touch...not absolutely necessary, but a great touch nonetheless. It's so quick to set up the stove, click the ignitor, and get right to cooking. Yes, the possibility exists that the Piezo may fail at some point, but who goes into the field without a lighter or at the very least a container of matches? Whether the Piezo functions or not, you will still have at least a functioning manual stove.
The burner adjustments are fine, and you really can adjust down to a nice even simmer. I've been very pleased with this stove and I'm looking forward to using it for years to come.
I've got the GigaPower windscreen on order with REI and I'm hoping this will further enhance this great little stove's already excellent performance.