Russell Brice of Himalayan Experience introduces SOTO’s WindMaster in the Himalayan Experience newsletters
Part of my packing is the process of cleaning and sorting our high altitude cook sets which comprise of 2 x pots, 2 x bowls, 2 x spoons, a plywood base to put the stove on in the snow so as the cooker does not melt into the snow, 1 x filter so as we can drain the water so as to not have bits of foreign debris in the water and of course 1 x stove. Over the past 3 years we have been working with a Japanese company Soto to develop a small light weight stove suitable for high altitude. In fact this is actually an intelligent stove that adjusts gas pressure according to altitude so as it becomes more efficient and therefore uses less gas. We always have trouble with self-igniters, but in the last few years we have been able to make improvements to this as well. A small but vital piece of equipment that we rely upon so much.
—Excerpted from himalayanexperience.com
Traveling coffee addicts need the Soto Helix Coffee Maker. We at HI Travel Tales are coffee addicts. Yes, we admit it. But we are also coffee snobs. Just any old cuppa won’t cut it. We want a good, full-bodied one from quality beans. When packing in the backcountry, car camping, or bouncing between hotels and rental abodes, you never know what kinda brew you’re going to end up with. That’s why we’ve taken to packing along our own press mug or cone/filter with our favorite grind. Read more.
JULY 2014 / GEAR INSTITUTE BEST IN CLASS – 2014
Given its weight, efficiency, performance in wind and average boil time, the Soto WindMaster is the superior stove in this category. It is pricey, but you do get what you are paying for. The micro-regulator is an impressive inclusion on a stove of this size and it performs as advertised, maintaining boil time consistency and performance in temperatures most canister stoves can’t handle.
—Excerpted from gearinstitute.com
For the test review, visit http://www.gearinstitute.com/hiking/item/soto-windmaster.
APRIL 2014 / Great Traverse – Traversing 100 of the highest mountains in Japan
The adventure racer, Youki Tanaka who challenges the worldwide races as the one of competitors, launched into a long adventure so-called “Great Traverse-Crossing the traversable routes through 100 highest mountains in Japan”. This adventure is to traverse the 100 highest mountains in Japan by walking on land and kayaking at sea with one stroke in seven months. He has started from Mt. Miyanouratake in Kagoshima on April 1, 2014. Now he pursues the goal of reaching Mt. Rishirisan in Hokkaido by the end of October this year. Read more (available in Japanese only).▶
DECEMBER 2013 / Jun Endo’s Bike Journey
Jun Endo’s bike journey launched from Miyazaki-pref., Japan in May 2012. In August 2012, he took a ferry from the Kobe, Japan to Shanghai, China with his bike and crossed the Eurasian Continent to Cabo da Roca, Portugal in November 10, 2013. Currently he continues the bike journey in South America and pursues the goal of reaching Ushuaia, Argentina, which is regarded as the southernmost city in the world. The SOTO MUKA stove has become his choice for his journey in the past two years. Check his blog (Available in Japanese only) ▶
JULY 2013 / OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2013
WindMaster receives “Outdoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2013” in the Camping Equipment category.
Incredible! A super-stove that fires up and continues to burn under the windiest conditions without a windscreen. The MindMaster with Micro Regulator technology forges ahead among backpacking stoves out-performing the rest. This lightweight, space saving stove includes multi-size, replaceable pot supports, and a volcanic shaped burner head. SOTO’s engineers have succeeded in achieving a minimal distance between the base of the pot and pot support for superior burning efficiency under windy conditions. Next time you’re tired, cold and hungry on the trail, prepare your meal on the WindMaster and you’ll be enjoying a warm dinner in no time.
JUNE 2013 / Test: WindMaster + 4Flex —Ruediger Flothmann
The WindMaster is tested by Ruediger Flothmann from ICH LIEBE BERGE.ch.
It received 90 out of a possible 100 points!
Very light, small, compact stove
Works even at low temperatures
Offers through its design very good wind protection (no extra wind protection needed)
Includes a piezo ignition
Good workmanship / quality See more test report and images (German) ▶
MARCH 2013 / MUKA Stove in Patagonia
SOTO’s Muka Stove in Patagonia. The stove provided us with warm food 24/7 on our treks, which was essential to keep the spirit up.
At the ISPO 2013 SOTO’s MUKA stove was honoured with the gold award. We thank the guys at SOTO for they’re great support with the products!
MARCH 2013 / NEW STOVE! — WindMaster / OD-1RX
Beat the clouds! Meticulously engineered and crafted, SOTO’s new WindMaster out-performs its competitors under windy conditions. On a stormy, blustery day, the WindMaster is able to maintain a strong flame. Tired. Cold. Hungry. Wind is blowing 3m/sec. No worries with the WindMaster! Hot dinner coming right up. Designed to position pot close to the flame—nearly impossible for the wind to penetrate this stove’s flame. Be confident, a warm dinner is just minutes away.
FEBRUARY 2013 / SOTO’s MUKA Stove wins the GOLD at the ISPO Award 2013
Winter 2013, Munich, GERMANY.
SOTO’s MUKA STOVE wins the GOLD Award at the ISPO AWARD 2013.
What the jury had to say:
(English) “The Soto Muka Liquid Stove is the currently lightest and easiest-to-use gasoline stove on the market, primarily because no separate pre-heating is needed thanks to the carburetor technology. It is light and compact, very quiet when burning, and offers easy handling and regulation. The quality of workmanship on this product is excellent.” Frank Wacker, “Outdoor” Magazin, Stuttgart (GER)
(Deutsch) “Bei dem Soto Muka Liquid Stove handelt es sich um den derzeit am einfachsten zu bedienenden Benzinkocher auf dem Markt, denn durch die Vergasertechnik muss er nicht mehr separat vorgeheizt werden. Er ist leicht und kompakt, recht leise im Betrieb und lässt sich gut regulieren. Die Verarbeitung ist erstklassig.” Frank Wacker, “Outdoor” Magazin, Stuttgart (GER)
JULY 2012 / EpicTV interviews
SUMMER 2012, FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY.
EpicTV interviews Tomo Sekiguchi from SOTO at the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Adventure-starved, cutting-edge viewers of EpicTV get a sneak preview of the world’s first non-priming, hybrid gas stove that has been reduced to the essentials. The Muka Stove is one of only 10 Gold Award winners at the largest outdoor trade show in all of Europe. Get in on some of the action with this clip of the interview.
JULY 2012 / SOTO’s MUKA Stove wins the GOLD at the OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2012
SUMMER 2012, FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY. SOTO’s MUKA STOVE wins the GOLD at the OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2012, the world’s leading tradeshow for the outdoor industry. The Muka Stove was selected for its particularly outstanding innovation and design achievement from a total of 322 entries from 25 countries around the world. In examining the entries, the judges paid particular attention to the following: degree of innovation, design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, environmental compatibility, sustainability, functionality, utility, safety, trendsetting character and brand value/branding.
What the jury had to say:
“The Muka Stove is very easy to operate. Its design exhibits clean lines, is functional and reduced to the essentials. This perfect simplicity is immediately convincing. The manual value, which automatically preheats the stove, is a special feature.”
→ See ”OutDoor Industry Award winners 2012”
So, pump up the fuel tank, open the valve wheel and the flame ignites: a hybrid gas stove that doesn’t require any preheating. The “Dual-Groove Drum System™” makes lighting the camp stove as easy as lighting an indoor gas range. The Muka Stove is equipped with a pressure gauge on the “smart pump” so that the user can see how much pressure is building up inside the aluminum tank. The small aluminum stand and a very flexible hose make the stove very ergonomic.
SOTO’s 3-fold commitment to user-safety, user-friendliness and environmentally friendly design sparked by nature, has done it again with the Muka Stove.
FEBRUARY 2012 / We are most impressed!! —Dave King
Just a quick note to inform you that we just used your MUKA stove (OD-1NP) at -40 below! We are most impressed!! We gave the stove a good fair -40 below C trial and it worked remarkably well. Will send you the images and comments etc. asap and meantime will put it to work and see if we can fault find or destroy it!!!
Be in touch soon!!
Dave King— Dave has been operating a Guide Service (PolarQuest Expeditions) for the past 27 years in Alaska prior to moving to his current base in Lappland North Sweden. He maintains a kennel of 40 Sleddogs and runs an expedition guiding & outfitting business in Norway & Spitzbergen.
His web site: http://www.polarquest.pro/
MARCH 2010 / Soto receives “Editors’ Choice Awards” from Outdoors Magazines in US and Europe
SUMMER 2010, SALT LAKE CITY, UT.
It has been a stellar year for SOTO. Backpacker Magazine presents SOTO with the “Editors’ Choice Award”, for the Micro Regulator Stove and the Pocket Torch. SOTO also receives the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Europe’s authoritative magazine, ”Outdoor”, for the Micro Regulator Stove. The magazine editors test the market’s most innovative products in the field under extreme conditions to determine the “best of the best.” SOTO’s realization of their responsibility and commitment to developing and manufacturing all-around well-designed products that set SOTO apart as the leader and flagship manufacturer in the industry. The industry’s leading magazines are recognizing SOTO for bringing state-of-the-art technology to the world market.
Soto Receives “Editors’ Choice Awards” from Outdoors Magazines in US and Europe
SUMMER 2010, SALT LAKE CITY, UT. It has been a stellar year for SOTO. Backpacker Magazine presents SOTO with the “Editors’ Choice Award”, for the Micro Regulator Stove and the Pocket Torch. SOTO also receives the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Europe’s authoritative magazine, ”Outdoor”, for the Micro Regulator Stove. The magazine editors test the market’s most innovative products in the field under extreme conditions to determine the “best of the best.”
SOTO’s realization of their responsibility and commitment to developing and manufacturing all-around well-designed products that set SOTO apart as the leader and flagship manufacturer in the industry. The industry’s leading magazines are recognizing SOTO for bringing state-of-the-art technology to the world market.
- Backpacker Magazine
- Editors’ Choice 2010: Soto Micro Regulator Stove
- Editors’ Choice 2010: Soto Pocket Torch
- outdoor magazine
- Editor´s Choice: Gaskocher – Soto Microregulator Stove