Re: [backpackgeartesters] Response to EDIT: LTR - GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Tea Kettle - Mark Thompson
- Hi Lori,
I will address the the issues you mentioned and post.
Regarding your specific questions about other products, I am assuming these to
be of a personal interest so I will answer here, rather than in the report. The
kettle is a nice piece, but it is a price point piece and during the test I
found that it will not be something that I would use in an alpine environment.
I own GSI's titanium tea kettle and I like it better than the stainless, but it
costs more. There are numerous other items that perform much better in high
altitude or cold weather environments. Keeping with BGT's rules and the
significant price differences, I did not write about or discuss any comparisons
between this item and with those that could be better suited to the more extreme
conditions. Specifically, I find that my MSR Reactor Stove system to be much
better suited to backpacking as it uses less fuel to boil water, boils water
much faster, uses less fuel and it's fluid capacity much better matched to my
personal needs. Honestly, I have not found a package I like better for boiling
water than the MSR Reactor, as long as the altitude and temperature range are
within the constraints of canister fuel. Outside of these constraints, few
stoves out perform the MSR white gas stove my father purchased in 1968 and
passed on to me a few years ago.
For high altitude mountaineering adventures, a number of 1 to 2 quart pots
equipped with heat exchangers prove to be much more effective in transferring
the heat energy developed by the stove to the contents of the pot. JetBoil, for
example, makes an awesome 1.5 qt pot with a heat exchanger. Again, in
compliance with BGT rules, I did not write about the side by side test or
"shootout" I conducted, but the GSI Stainless kettle didn't come close to the
MSR Reactor or the JetBoil pot. Bottom line, heat exchangers work!
From: Lori Pontious <lori.pontious@...>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Mark Thompson
Sent: Mon, March 18, 2013 7:53:07 AM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] EDIT: LTR - GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Tea
Kettle - Mark Thompson
Sorry about the slight delay - I have finally gotten off the smart
phone and onto a clunker of a Dell so I can get some web stuff done,
in absence of the computer I had stolen...
After re-reading field and going on to long term reports, I have a few
comments on content. Clarification is needed of how many nights you
had with the item. We do need to be specific that the minimum five
night requirement is met.
I am curious whether you have actually had a kettle that worked better
in the below-freezing temperatures you encountered, and what qualities
or features the GSI kettle might have had to make it work better.
>EDIT: there are too many repeats of "use" in the sentence - perhaps
> I really see myself using the GSI Outdoors Tea Kettle as a piece of
> equipment I would use on a cool day hike or an exploratory trip that
> combined the car and some off-road adventures.
rewording the initial five words to something like "The GSI Outdoors
Tea Kettle is a piece of equipment I would use..." or, deleting "as a
piece of equipment I would use" - there are other edits possible, but
it needs rewording.
Otherwise, the report looks good - thanks for your review. Sounds like
you had a good time using it, even if Mrs. Thompson had other ideas.
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