User Review: Soto Pocket Torch
Price Paid: $19
I picked up this little lighter at the local mountain gear shop while renting ice axes for a summit of Mt. Adams in southern Washington. It looked too good to be true, but I was wanting a torch style lighter, so I thought I'd try it out. I'm sure glad I did.
The flame isn't as big as some torch style lighters, but it's still impressively hot and completely functional for all camp use. Our base camp was at 7400 feet, and the lighter worked fine. At the higher elevation, it did take a few clicks to get it going, but it always lighted easily. It also worked fine in windy conditions, which we experienced on our second night.
The bonus with this little guy is that there is no messing around with recharging it. Just pop in a cheap cigarette lighter and you're ready to go. This product is a no-brainer for any backpacker or camper. At only nineteen bucks, this will be my gift item of choice for my outdoor friends.