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Reviews of Trail Designs in the Press
Since starting the company, our product development path, driven by market demands, has gone directions we never would have expected. By way of documenting our adventure, we are including the following articles and reviews.
NOTE: The links provided to the articles in most cases are full size scans or pdf files. These are included for a historical "paper trail" more than anything else. Also, the reduced size would be too hard to read. So, if you would like to read the original text of the provided synopsis, understand that they sometimes run over a megabyte in size and you may want to download them with a right-click.
November 2015 - Backpacker
" Most people don't think you can use alcohol stoves in the winter, but with the Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri Stove System, Justin "Trauma" Lichter and his partner Shawn "Pepper" Forry were able to sustain their 131-day [winter PCT traverse] trek on denatured alcohol, even in temps well below 0° F"
September 2015 - TGO
" The Trail Designs Ti-Tri ... is very much my favourite stove.....The design is simple but ingenious..."
September/October 2015 - Bike & Travel (German)
" The Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri has accompanied me safely on most of my tours..."
June 2015 - TGO
Spring 2015 - TGO
"Ultralight, windproof and compact, this stove runs on meths, solid fuel or wood. I used it on both the Pacific Northwest Trail and the Scottish Watershed"
May 2015 - Bicycle Times
"The Fissure also completely collapses so it can be stored inside a small cooking pot and easily brought along on my excursions."
Spring 2014 - TGO
From the Experts - 5 key items of kit - Chris Townsend
From the Experts - 5 key items of kit -Keith Foskett
Lighter, Faster, Stronger - Recent UL Developments and the Future
One Swedish Summer - Mark Waring's 1000 mile Swedish backpack
Cooking On The Move - How to choose your stove
Winter 2013 - Backpack Magazine
"In use on the trip I was very impressed with the performance in all weathers.....It will be my cooker of choice on future trips."
November 2013 - TGO
"Stove choice was ..... the Caldera Ti-Tri Inferno. This stove works really well in windy weather and is quite fuel efficient.....The Ti-Tri was the same one I'd used on the Pacific Crest Trail so I knew it worked well and was durable."
Nr. 4 2013 - Friluftsliv
"Caldera Keg..... which is the lightest spirit burner and the lightest burner in this review - is the most weight efficient when it comes to boiling limited amounts of water."
(translated provided.....sorry no scan of actual article)
|Spring 2013 - TGO|
Comparitive Review - Cooking Systems
|Fall 2012 - Friluftsliv|
Caldera Keg and Ti-Tri Sidewinder Review
|October 2012- TGO |
TGO Challenge Trip+Gear Report - Chris Townsend (Editor)
2013 - Petersen's Hunting
The Last Englishmen
April 2011 - Opdag Verden Magazine (Danish)
August 2011 - TGO Magazine
|Summer 2011 - Women's Adventure|
Camping Stoves - Gear Review
|Ultralight Backpackin' Tips|
Written and Illustrated by Mike Clelland!
|January 2011 - TGO |
75 Days of Testing - Chris Townsend's Pacific Northwest Trail Gear Report
|November 2010 - TGO |
TGO Gear Special - TGO writers choose their all-time favorites
Caldera Cone Stove System
Trail Designs Caldera Keg
|August 2010 - TGO |
Planning a hike on the Pacific Northwest Trail - Chris Townsend
"I've been impressed with the Caldera Cone stove unit in recent years.... However wood will be the easiest fuel to find for most of the walk so a wood-burning stove would be a good idea. As there may be places with no sticks and for when rain makes a wood stove impractical I've decided on a Caldera Ti-Tri Inferno...."
|September 2010 - Outdoor (German) |
Less is More
"Record holder.....the Caldera Keg from Trail Designs, is the lightest stove system on the market."
|2010 - The Ultralight Handbook |
From the editors of BACKPACKER Magazine
Original article - page 6 300K
|April 2010 - Trail Magazine 2010 Gear Guide |
"Caldera Cone and Stove - 4 stars - Add on a dedicated kettle and this is perfect for super light backpacking."
Original article - page 109 700K
|November 2009 - Mountain Bike Magazine |
Article by Aaron Teasdale - Riding Loaded
"....Caldera Keg-F Alcohol Stove System. At 6 ounces, this is the simplest, slickest, most efficient ultralight stove system available."
Original article - page 37 1MB
|January 2009 - TGO Magazine |
Mine's a Large One - Beer Can Pot/Stove Review
"....on longer trips and on occasions when it's particularly windy The Caldera Keg has proven itself to be outstanding......"
|December 2008 - TGO Magazine |
On Test - Wood Burning Stoves
"While not designed primarily as a wood stove, the Ti-Tri works pretty well with a fire inside. The cone does the same windshield, chimney and pot support job as with a meths burner. The weight is very low and the cone is more flexible and easier to use than the standard version. One could say that this is the luxury Caldera Cone."
Original article - pages 107-110 900 K (PDF file)
|Summer 2008 - Live for the Outdoors |
Graham Thompson - Video Review
"It's a remarkable piece of kit......if you want to travel ultralight it is probably one of the best things you are going to find."
|July 2008 - Trail Magazine - Stoves - The Finalists - Best for Lightweight |
Trail Designs Caldera Cone Stove
Original article - page 78 83 K
|Summer 2008 - BackpackingLight Magazine - Issue 9 |
Article by Alan Dixon - Extreme Ultralight in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Alan Dixon does a sub-5 pound FSO trip and includes the Caldera!
|April 2008 - TGO Magazine |
Article by Cameron McNeish - Five Favourite Things
Caldera Cone Stove
Original article - page 81 250 K
|January 2008 - TGO Magazine |
Chris Townsend review - TGO Best Buy
"Last July I reviewed the original version of this stove and gave it a Best Buy. The latest version is even better and weighs 12 grams less as the material is lighter....the new one has a dovetial join that slides together (and) the air slots now only run along one side..... The combination of stability, light weight, fuel efficiency and wind resistance makes the Caldera Stove the best meths stove for backpacking in my opinion, suitable for any length of trip any time of year."
Original article - page 84 480 K
|December 2007 - Sea Kayaker Magazine |
Ultralight Camp Stove
"The Caldera Cone Stove System from Trail Designs is an ultralight, fuel-efficient alcohol stove system. It is stable, wind resistant and weighs less than two ounces.....The Caldera Cone fits most popular titanium pots and mugs and functions as a combined pot stand, windscreen and heat exchanger. It is easy to disassemble and pack."
Original article - page 54 321 K
|December 2007 - Backpacker Magazine - 2007 Ultralight Handbook |
Kristin Hostetter - Backpacker Magazine - Gear Editor
Original article - page 83 2703 K
|July 2007 - TGO Magazine |
Chris Townsend review - TGO Best Buy
"I'm impressed with the Caldera Cone Stove system. It's easy to use, efficient in cold and windy weather and ultralight. I'll certainly be using it in the future. I recon it's the best meths stove around at present."
Original article - page 104 411K
|March 2007 - TGO Magazine |
For her April 2007 attempt to do the 3300 mile Alpine Challenge, Judy Armstrong chose the Caldera Cone system for her food prep. This article in TGO discusses her gear (only supplying the page that mentioned the Caldera). You can also read more about the plan on her website.
Original article - page 95 881k