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UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit Awarded Editors’ Choice by Backpacker Magazine

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 Seattle, WA – UCO’s game-changing Titan Stormproof Match Kit™ has been honored as a recipient of Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice award. The award is given annually to products in recognition of their outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance. Burning for up to 25 seconds, the Titan Stormproof Match is the longest-burning windproof and waterproof match available, and will even re-light itself after being submerged in water.

The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards are the gold standard against which all outdoor products are measured, and are a seal of approval that can help put an outdoor company or product on the proverbial map. Each year at the Outdoor Retailer show, retail buyers use the awards announcements as a must-buy shopping list, knowing that their customers will be asking for these products in the spring. 

Review excerpt from Backpacker’s November issue: “Rain, sleet, snow? If you need a fire in the worst conditions, these are your matches.The UCO Titan Stormproof Match burns underwater, but it’s a safety match, so it’ll only light on the included striker. They’re long (4 inches) and tough enough to light with gloves on, which made us rethink bringing any other backup firestarter, ever.”


Since their inception, the Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards have come to be regarded as the most sought-after award for outdoor equipment and apparel found in the industry. All winners must excel under extensive field-testing conducted by Backpacker’s team of editors, who take hundreds of products into the backcountry to put them to the test. This rigorous process ensures that the performance of the winners is truly worthy of distinction and meets the guiding principle behind the program: gear that is of real value to the readers of Backpacker magazine, who are active, long-term outdoor enthusiasts.

“BACKPACKER gear reviews set the benchmark by which all others are measured,” Editor-in-chief Dennis Lewon says. “That’s because no other magazine or website conducts field-testing as rigorously or impartially as the crew led by Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter. Our core testers each have years of backcountry experience and expertise in multiple pursuits, from climbing to skiing.”

The complete list of Backpacker’s 2015 Editors’ Choice Award winners will be officially announced to the general public in the magazine’s November issue, on newsstands October 13th.

About Backpacker
Backpacker ( brings the outdoors straight to the reader’s doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the only outdoor media whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish.

About UCO 
Cascadian born in 1971, UCO (pronounced “you-co”) provides trusted essentials in heat, light, and power that can be used from the backcountry to the backyard. Delivering light where you need it, UCO’s versatile product line includes the Original Candle Lantern™, LED Lighting, Stormproof Matches™, StakeLights™, and portable grills. UCO is a division of Industrial Revolution, Inc., a Seattle-based company that manufactures and distributes products enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.
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Contact: Shelly Smith
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