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Exotac nanoStriker XL

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Exotac nanoStriker XL fire starter

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.


  • Lightweight
  • No fuel required
  • Replacement ferro rod available


  • 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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35 CDN

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


  • 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

This pic below shows it.

The first pic is a mini Maglite.
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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20

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.


  • Works well
  • Light weight


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

Source: bought it new

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