Suluk46 Backcountry Team – Sponsorship

suluk46Greetings Hikers,

Today I am very excited to announce that I have become a sponsored hiker of Suluk46, joining their Backcountry Team sponsorship program.

The owner of Suluk46, Steve Evans, and I have been in contact with each other for a number of years now. He has traveled the world, lives in Canada, and is the maker of some of the finest gear that I have ever purchased.

Steve has a great YouTube Channel that I have followed since he started posting videos.

He is one of the very few hikers in the world that has a decent amount of miles using a 0.34 cuben fiber tarp, and I am not positive but I think he has the second most miles of anybody, after myself. He strives for everything that I strive for: intimate knowledge of your gear, having the finest gear that does what it is designed to do, and the experience to be able to go out there and push yourself without putting yourself at risk.

I have been a long time user of his gear and have never purchased a single piece of gear from him that I felt was sub-par in any way.

The Suluk46 Titanium Windscreen is an absolute vital part of my sub two ounce cook kit (see video).

The Suluk46 Collapsible Titanium Stove is without a doubt the best wood burning stove for sub 400ml cups that exists. (see my review)

The Suluk46 Titanium Trowel is unquestionably the toughest and lightest full size trowel that I have ever owned. (see my review)

I am presently testing his newest product, the Suluk46 Titanium Double-wall Wood burning Stove, and it has been truly amazing me. (full review coming after I get more testing in different weather conditions) It is a sub-three ounce dream for wood burning fans!

And one of these days I am going to end up buying the Suluk46 Titanium/Carbon Fiber Ice Tool. I almost bought it the end of last year but I was not sure of just how long of a handle I would want and have been testing different length handles on some cheap’o ice axes this winter. Still not sure to be honest… what a tricky thing it is, trying to pick the best length for an ice tool.

As a hiker, and as many of my readers know, I tend to really push the boundaries of gear. It has been this reason that I have sought out companies such as Suluk46 in order to find gear that allows me to push the boundaries without excessive risks. I demand the lightest weight gear possible, and at the same time I also demand that gear to handle situations that weekender gear would never be able to survive in. Not that I am abuse towards my gear, but rather because I carry so very little gear as a SUL/XUL hiker, what gear I do have has to perform without failure every time it is called upon. Suluk46 has become one of my go-to companies for gear that I know I can buy – and trust that it will perform without failures and be as lightweight as a piece of gear can be made with modern material.

I know that a lot of my readers have bought gear from Suluk46 and that is awesome – if you have not already bought some gear from them, I would really encourage you to check out what they offer.

I am truly grateful to Steve Evans, to Suluk46, for adding me as a member of the Suluk46 Backcountry Team!!

+John Abela

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Suluk46 Titanium Trowel

Suluk46 Titanium Trowel
Suluk46 Titanium Trowel

Greetings Hikers,

please note: the Suluk46 Ti Trowel has been updated since the below article was published in January 2013. It is now slightly more durable, does not have holes (talked them into removing them, the saved weight was not worth having dirt/mud fill up the holes) and I personally recommend the ‘large’ size of the new trowel, especially for long distance hikers.

Does the hiking world need another trowel – or even a bigger question is: does it need another titanium trowel?

Not anymore!

I recently ordered up the Suluk46 Titanium Trowel to replace my previous Ti towel, from another company, that I gave away to an inbound hiker that I knew when I was outbound on the same trail.

On my calibrated scale it is 14.7 grams and it is a pure work of art.

For a piece of titanium it is extremely strong – as strong as those heavy plastic ones most of us probably started using when we first got into hiking.

I always felt like my other trowels where a novelty item – they worked but they just never felt like they had what it took to make it into my backpack for the long haul.

I am extremely happy with this Suluk46 Titanium Trowel and it will hopefully be the last one I have to buy – and this one I have no intentions of ever giving away.

Anyway, there is not a whole lot to say about a trowel, so just going to leave it at that and here is a video of it in use:

Suluk46 Collapsible Titanium Stove

Greetings Hikers,

Wood stoves – there are wood stoves, and than there are wood stoves. Today I want to talk about a wood stove unlike any other that I have encountered, called the “Suluk46 Collapsible Titanium Stove“.

This is not just any wood stove. It is not a fancy double wall stove. This is not a stove where gasification plays a part. It is not a big wood stove. Just the opposite. It is a very small wood stove, with lots and lots of ventilation. It is a pot stand and stove. It is made of titanium. It is made in Canada. It is awesome.

Suluk46 describes this stove rather well:

The Collapsible Titanium (CT) Stove is a 4 piece titanium stove that easily assembles and disassembles to make a nice small package that fits inside your pot or slips into your pack. 3 of the 4 pieces are used as the walls and pot supports. These pieces fit together with 2 small tabs on each side that interlock with the neighboring piece. In order to maximize space and limit parts and weight, each piece is bent in the center to enlarge the firebox, creating a hexagon shaped stove.

Here are some photographs:

As you can see from the photographs above this is a very small wood stove. The cup used in the photographs is the MSR Titan Cup, one of my favorite cups, and probably my most used cup over the last few years.

At 32 grams the CT Stove it is the lightest wood burning stove I have held in my hands.

It is designed to engineering perfection.

Adding together with a 45 gram cup and you can easily have yourself a three ounce cook-kit.

Not a fan of wood or hiking in a location where there is a wood burning ban? Just pull out an esbit cube or a candle alcohol stove and place them inside of the stove and use the stove as a stand.

The first time I used it I grabbed my camera and went out into my backyard. This was awhile back and I have become a bit more proficient using this stove. I will admit I am still a fan of esbit, but sometimes it is just nice to sit down in camp after a day of hiking and fire up a little wood to heat up some water for a cup of tea – without having to waste an esbit tablet.