UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

Gear of the Year Awards 2015: UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

From weekend trips to survival situations, creating a fire with UCO Titan Stormproof Matches will let you experience lighting characteristics you’ll not find in any other match on the market.

To create a striker match that won’t give out, UCO made theirs out of red phosphorus. It requires both the chemical reaction and friction to achieve ignition. These are safety matches, so friction alone won’t light it. The brown head of the match that’s made of sulfur has to chemically combine with the phosphorous to light the match. Translation: UCO has you covered in the nastiest conditions because rain and wind doesn’t affect the chemical reaction.

The unique construction of the match creates the components that make it stormproof. The potassium chlorate coating, in orange, runs down half of the matchstick, essentially extending the match head so that it burns for up to 25 seconds. If you think of a standard match, the head exists to ignite the wood in a quick flash of flame, but only stays lit for 7 seconds or so. By extending the length of the head, you get that same intense heat, but for a much longer time. Pairing the long burn time with the ability to re-light the match multiple times makes it truly unique.

If you stand downwind from a burning Titan, you’ll know it. Similar to that eggy smell we all know and love, the match releases sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide gases while burning. Another cool feature is the carbonized splint, which strengthens the matchstick after it’s completely burned. This helps keep the hot ashes from falling where you don’t want them.

So, if you want to be prepared to make fire in a windstorm or light a flare in the rain, the Titans are scientifically designed to help you stay lit.

Price: $9.99