Primus Winter Gas makes cold-weather camping a lot easier to enjoy

Believe it or not, winter camping can be a lot of fun. Sure, you have to pack seasonal-specific gear such as a down jacket, a four-season tent, and a much warmer sleeping bag, but the trails and campsites are usually deserted, giving you the backcountry completely to yourself.

One aspect of a cold-weather outing that isn’t so fun however is trying to cook a warm meal when the temperature takes a plunge. Most camp stoves don’t perform all that efficiently in the cold, taking much longer than expected to heat up — and burning more fuel in the process — with the result often being a lukewarm meal. But a new type of fuel from Primus promises to eliminate this issue altogether, leaving winter campers much happier as a result.

For those not familiar with Primus, it is best known for its lightweight camp stoves designed for car camping, backpacking, and mountaineering. To power those stoves, the company also offers a line of fuel canisters that work well not only with its own products, but most other competing stoves on the market as well. Recently, Primus introduced a new addition to its family of fuels by creating Winter Gas, which as the name implies is designed specifically for use in cold weather. In fact, Primus says that Winter Gas will burn hotter and more efficiently than other fuels, even in temperatures as low as -7 degrees Fahrenheit (-22 degrees C).

Primus Winter Gas uses an adapted fuel blend that helps to make it more efficient in cold weather, but the true innovation is actually found inside the canister that it comes in. The designers at Primus cleverly added a special paper insert — dubbed “Vapour Mesh” — to the interior of the can. That insert helps to maintain a constant level of pressure, even when cold temperatures would typically be causing the gas to contract. As a result, the Winter Gas is fed to the camp stove at a steady pace, allowing it to boil water faster while using less fuel, even in frigid temperatures.

Winter Gas canisters come in two sizes — 230g and 450g — which are priced at $9 and $15 respectively. Unfortunately, federal regulations prohibit Primus from shipping the fuel directly to customers, so to overcome this issue the company’s website includes a handy store locator to help you find a retail outlet near you that stocks their products.

If you’re planning a winter camping trip over the next few months, you’ll certainly want to add some Winter Gas to your pack. It will make meal preparation much faster and easier, even if the mercury decides to take a serious drop. It’ll also help lighten your load in the long run too, as you won’t need to carry nearly as much fuel with you as you have in the past. On top of that, you’ll get to enjoy a hot meal much more quickly, which alone makes Winter Gas worth having at your disposal.


The best compact cars pack full-size features in fun-size packages

The best compact cars on the market rival their counterparts in many ways, proving that bigger isn’t always better. Here, we've rounded up some of the better options available, including an SUV and an electric alternative.

Snooze soundly anywhere you lay your head with the best sleeping bags

A proper sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a camping or backpacking trip. Here are our picks for the best sleeping bags on the market to help you choose the correct bag for any type of outdoor adventure.

Drink what nature provides with the best water purifiers

Looking for reliable water purification? Staying hydrated is important, especially when you are hiking or camping far from civilization. Check out our picks of the best water purifiers for your camp, backpack, or pocket.
Smart Home

These accessories take your already awesome Instant Pot to a whole new level

If you're familiar with the Instant Pot, you know that this bad boy acts as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, egg boiler, and a lot more. Here are some must-have accessories to make Instant Pot cooking even better.
Smart Home

Tired of running outdoors? Check out the best treadmills of 2018

Running can burn up to 900 calories per hour, melting away fat and strengthening your muscles.  Compared to running outdoors, you're safer staying indoors on a cushioned track. We've rounded up the best treadmills on the market

Need gift ideas? Here’s what to get the skiers and snowboarders in your life

You can't purchase snow, but you can grab your favorite skier or snowboarder some sweet gear this holiday season. We've hand-picked some of the best available that'll wow even the most well-equipped terrain park junkie we know.
Emerging Tech

Warm ski beanie instantly hardens into a head-protecting helmet upon impact

Wool hats are way more comfortable than hard helmets. You know what they're not? Safer. That could soon change, thanks to an innovative new ski beanie which instantly hardens upon impact.

Puma revives its classic 1986 smart shoe, complete with high-tech heel hump

More marketing stunt than serious effort to dominate the smart shoe space, Puma is about to re-release its classic RS-Computer Shoe. The high-tech footwear from 1986 was a breakthrough at the time, despite its unsightly heel hump.

These are the best action cameras money can buy

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.

Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a Lime bike or scooter

Google Maps has added a new feature that helps you find a Lime bike or scooter in just a few taps. The feature currently works in 11 U.S. cities served by Lime, with more coming next year.

Best holiday gifts for the outdoor junkie on your list

Have an outdoorsy person on your list and not sure what they need? We've hand-picked our favorite outdoor gear with an eye towards the unique and useful. From high-powered headlamps to heated socks, we've found something for everyone on…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Built to take a beating and still perform, these are the best hiking watches

A proper hiking watch should track exercise metrics and act as a navigational co-pilot during any kind of hike. Ideally, it'll even have a built-in GPS system and sensors. Here are five of the best hiking watches.