User Review: Vargo Triad
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 26$
Lightweight and durable, having its own folding legs and pot stand "horns" built in. Fire is good and stable. Boiling time +- as promised yet fire is hard to control and extinguish.
Lighting: no primer or pre- heet need. feeling hole very small. u have to feel it all to light.
all by all, i think it's a good product that worth it's money.
- Lightweight and relatively durable
- Has its own folding legs and pot stand build in
- Burns well and study with quiet a strong flame
- Wind protection is a must
- A bit hard to fill and light
- Needs a bit of more gas, hard to extinguish
- Need a small box or hard case to protect from damage in pack
Lightweight and durable, this light alcohol stove is quiet a good product aiming for light hikers. Considering it against an ultralight gas stove + canister, u save about 300 grams. Very nice.
Having its own folding legs and pot stand "horns" build in eliminates the need for a separate pot stand. (for the weight enthusiastics: consider it against your home made can stove+ pot holder. in my case, weight difference if about +13 grams).
So, for total of 28 grams, it's very nice for thruhikers or light hiker.
Lighting: this stove have no need for primer or pre- heet . yet feeling hole is very small, obligating a small and steady amount from a standard ultralight pouring bottle (not supplied). u have to feel it all to light up, so u "waist" some fuel - all together, i used round 45 mil per use.
Boiling time is around 6 minuets for 2 cups, as promised (i Measured 5/5 min. for 500 ML of water, outside with a bit if of wind, round 22 Celsius , full wind protection in a covered pot).
Fire is hard to control and if fuel left in after finished your cooking it will not always blow when u try to extinguish it.
Burn & simmering: fire is good and stable, yet as all alcohol stoves it needs very good wind protector and is hard to simmer on. in this model, home- made simmering rings were not so good and i found it best to improvise arrangement that leveled the pot from flame while simmering. have dune rise and soup and Dried stuff, it went ok but u have to know your way in basic trail cooking. i tend to use a 120 - grams 0.9L light steel pot with a bit thick bottom, willing to pay the "weight penalty" for some better heat spreading that will not burn the food easily. not sure if a beer can pot will do the same for it's thin bottom.
Making your own ultralight can stove is not hard, yet eventually u need some export skills to make them really good, reliable and can be counted on the trail. after spending round 50 working hours and many model tests, i have decided to buy the vargo. should have dune it the first place and save all this bother...
All by all, I think it's a good product that worth its money.