I’ve got a camp cooking piece in the current Trail where I had look at what was a little more usuable for making proper food at camp rather than just boiling water which is all I seem to do these days. I was just going to stick in one of my tried and trusted stoves when I remembered the new Vango trio of gas stoves and thought I’d have a look.
The Ultralite below is the best of the three models, and if you look closely you’ll recognise it’s sourced component parts (most stoves like this are a parts-shopping and branding excercise).
The burner is the same one that graces the Optimus Crux stoves, and the valve is the same one you’ll find on the excellent Brunton Flex and the Jetboil Flash.
The burner has proven itself to me time and time again and it is the best I’ve used, it’s the perfect shape and it’s very fuel efficient. The wide based and folding potstands are cracking too.
The same valve is working well for me elsewhere, this one feels smooth and the long control keeps your fingers away from the flame, although it doesn’t fold away as neatly as the more expensive stoves. And uncharacteristically, the price is something worth mentioning, it’s only £20.
It comes with a nice wee orange drawcorded bag, it’s a round-bottomed bag too (like a wee bottle pocket) so you can drop the stove in burner-first and sits in there snug, keeping the poststand folded. Weight too is a surprise, Vango have it at 72g on the website, I have this one coming in at 68g on the digital scales.
The construction looks good, I know the components should be good, I’ll just need to see what the durability is like.
This has really slipped in unnoticed and you know something, it’s a potential giant killer.