Friday, November 21, 2014

Vargo Titanium Triad XE T-207 Review

Vargo Titanium Triad XE T-207 


  • Compact design and retractable top and bottom legs make it easy to pack
  • Fits any size pot
  • duel fuel : solid or denatured alcohol 
  • Very fuel efficient
  • Boils two (16oz) cups of water in approximately 6 minutes
  • Weight: 1.5 oz

Weight              Size                     Burn Time
1.5 ounces        3.9"D x 1.2"H        15 minutes (alcohol)
(42 grams)        (99 x 30 mm)   

multiple fuel capacity
all season use

model # T-207

#1. It holds limited amounts of fuel. 

#2. Difficult to fuel up. 

#3. Priming is finicky. 

#4. Doesn't stay lit. 

#5. Due to the prongs which hold your pot/cup, it will not hold a rounded bottle cup such as this GSI stainless steel cup.  It just flops around.  Also if you use a canteen cup, it will be unstable.

Obviously from my complaints you can tell I'm a big fan of the Trangia system. For about the same price you can get the Trangia Mini, which gives you an ENTIRE COOKING SYSTEM (burner, stand, windscreen, pot, pan, clamp), not just the burner and stand. And on top of that, Trangia gives you greater reliability, heat control (you can actually cook, not just boil), fuel storage (burner cap screws on, save unused fuel), greater fuel capacity, easier refueling, and fuss-free operation. OR BETTER YET, build your own alcohol stove for the cost of a few cans of beer/soda.

The Rucas is also a terrific alcohol stove in which you may want to consider.

FINAL RECOMMENDATION : I would suggest passing on this stove.  Yes it’s light weight but it has some fairly serious issues that have the potential to cost you time and money.  Time to prime, cool, refill, repeat.  Money : More fuel to get it primed than with other stoves.

I would only recommend this stove if you are always backpacking alone and wouldn’t heat more than 16 oz or water.  If you know that is you, this could be the stove for you.  

For myself even though I do most of my backpacking alone, this isn’t the ultralight stove for me.  It has too many faults for my liking.

I do thank Vargo for sending us this stove.  We had a viewer ask about it and they offered to send us one.  Hopefully the issues that I have shared will inspire an updated version in the future.

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