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What is the Best Lighter for Your Thru-Hike?

We tested three of the most popular disposable lighters based on cost, weight, packed dimensions, and number of lights. Find out which one was rated the best.

Paul Bodnar      Gear Review       4/28/2021
Paul Bodnar
Gear Review
4/28/2021

You’re going on an epic 6-month hike and have decided to carry a lighter to light your stove. What lighter should you choose?

We compared a BIC full-sized lighter, a BIC Mini lighter, and a Clipper Mini lighter. The BIC Mini lighter was the clear winner for a United States-based hike, because it was the lightest, most affordable, most compact, and widely available. The Clipper Mini came in second because of the higher cost, heavier weight, slightly larger dimensions, and lack of availability in the United States. But if you are hiking in Europe, the Clipper Mini is a great choice.

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.