The Titan Stormproof Match Kit is a product that is really easy to recommend. I was graciously provided a kit for testing and review by the folks at IndustrialRev.com. Campfires are a real treat for me, and I have a lot of fun practicing my fire making skills. I have even gone so far as to make my own fire piston. Go ahead and search those up on the internet because they are super cool and maybe a bit fussy to use. That is not the case with the Titan Stormproof matches.
UCO makes some pretty powerful claims about the Titan Stormproof Matches. A burn time of 25 seconds and the ability of the matches to remain lit even submerged in water are two of these claims. These are the ones that I wanted to see for myself. Through testing, the matches proved both of these claims are true.
The Titan Stormproof Match Kit comes with 12 Titan Stormproof Matches, a sturdy waterproof carrying case with a lanyard that floats, and extra replaceable strikers. Mine came with a bit of cotton stuck in the lid as well. The whole kit weighs 2.9 ounces or 82 grams. The lid of the case threads onto the body and seats onto a rubber O-ring. I held the case completely under water for quite a while and no water got past the seal. I don’t think any rain, no matter how torrential the downpour, will be able to seep into the case.
The Titan Stormproof Matches struck easily on the striker. I tried to get a match to light on concrete without any luck. The striker was tested with moisture added. If the striker becomes saturated, it will fall apart if used completely wet. Sprinkling water over the striker with my fingers had zero effect on its ability to light matches.
Now let’s address those crazy claims UCO makes about their Titan Stormproof Matches. On the matches that were tested, the burn times varied from 20 to 30 seconds. Believe it or not, the matches burn just as fast when submerged in water as they do in the air. While submerged, the water bubbles like crazy and smoke rises from the bubbles. When the match is removed from the water, a flame reappears within a couple seconds. High wind shortened the burn time to 20 seconds. Indoors with the air still, the matches stayed lit for 30 seconds.
One match was tested by completely sinking it into a cup of water un-lit. The match was left in the water for several minutes. I struck the match on the striker with water still on it. The larger drops were shaken off and the match was left damp. It struck right up and burned just like the rest.
While the match burns, it produces a large hot flame and plenty of smoke, so keep your face back a bit if you don’t want the smoke in your face. The Titan Stormproof Matches are over 4 inches long so your fingers are kept well away from the flames.
The UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit delivers everything that you would expect. I don’t think these matches can be extinguished once lit. The matches produce a big hot flame for a long time. I personally enjoy the challenge of using char cloth and primitive methods for fire starting, but when conditions are harsh these matches will deliver. I highly recommend them. The Titan Stormproof Match Kit has an MSRP of $9.99. Find them at ucogear.com.