Reviews

It is a great fire starter if you do not put it on…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

It is a great fire starter if you do not put it on a chain or neck loop. Mine came unscrewed while hiking and that was that. You'll only find out it was lost when you need it at the end of the day.

Pros

  • Works well
  • Light weight

Cons

  • It is made to be put on a loop. It can and does unscrew and get lost.
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Bummer about losing yours, Karl. Did you contact Exotac to give them some feedback and let them know how you lost yours? http://www.exotac.com/pages/Contact.html


3 years ago
G00SE

Bummer on the lost striker. Thanks for posting.


3 years ago

This little striker works in any weather conditions…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35 CDN

Summary

This little striker works in any weather conditions and after being submerged. And it weighs about the same as a Bic lighter, but you get twice as many strikes.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • No fuel required
  • Replacement ferro rod available

Cons

  • Difficult to use with gloves on
  • Price

I have used the Exotac NanoStiker XL for approximately one year in all conditions, including winter camping. This striker is super dependable and durable. You could drop it off a cliff into a river, pull it out, and it will still work.

I like the way the case seals both the rod and striker off from the elements. There is also a bit of room for a small amount of tinder to be stored with the striker portion.

When you compare the Exotac to a Bic lighter, the Exotac wins in every way. It's far more durable and will give you twice as many sparks with just one ferro rod, which can be replaced after it wears out.

Also the Bic requires fuel because it doesn't throw the spark. If the Bic's plastic fuel reservoir were to get cracks and leak, you will not get a flame. It might still make sparks, but it would be scary to attempt to light my MSR XGK that way.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review of your Exotac, Justin.


3 years ago

Throws a nice spark, kinda like a glob if you get…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20

Summary

Throws a nice spark, kinda like a glob if you get it right. Takes up no room. Best $20 I've spent in awhile.

Pros

  • Water tight
  • Sure to set a fire
  • Quality made
  • Fit and finish
  • Well designed
  • Comes nicely packaged
  • Comes with extra o rings to keep it water tight
  • Maybe enough room to store some char cloth ect

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This pic below shows it.

The first pic is a mini Maglite.
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As you can see it's a good size broken down. I would bet my life on this guy and getting my fire going. They give you several different color options and a smaller version.

It really is a quality built piece of gear. Definitely worth the money.

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