Authentic Adventure: Snow Peak
Warm summer nights call for a better adventure than your typical weekend dive bar. You’ve had the last few months to wallow in the depths of the Polar Vortex and a wet, cold spring, so you you deserve some extra time out under the stars enjoying a summit beer or campfire meal. Our friends at Snow Peak have you covered for everything from a short afternoon trek, to an extended expedition above the treeline. Their performance line of apparel, camping cookware and cutlery is the answer for the discerning adventurer.
The Geoshield stove is Snow Peak’s solution for all weather cooking at any altitude. The burner and fuel canister are connected by a remote line, allowing you to turn the fuel upside down in extreme cold for added heat and efficiency. We especially like the included wind screen; it can be inverted to support larger pots when cooking for a group. Ours has pulled duty everywhere from desert camp outs to summit ridge bivouacs this spring, and has proved indispensable. It is easily the most versatile stove we’ve tested in years.
Spring Apparel Collection
Snow Peak has only been producing apparel for the US market for a few seasons, but their small (and ever growing) line up performs as well as any rugged backcountry brand – and looks better while out competing them. Our favorite this spring is the Flexible Insulated Shirt, which features Polartec’s innovative Alpha insulation. Paired with their urban or trail ready Field Jacket and 3-Layer Rain Pants, you’ve got an ensemble ready to tackle any stormy campground in the Pacific Northwest.
When you can’t settle for less than the best, Snow Peak’s tents, camping furniture and cookware are unparalleled in both styling and function. The Low Beach Chair has been a constant car-camping staple for months, and ours shows no signs of wear. The Hexa tarps are the perfect shelter from sun and rain while cooking a backcountry feast. These comforts pale in comparison to the line up of titanium cookware – trust us, if you get one thing, order the french press for your next pot of campfire coffee.