The Snow Peak GigaPower camping stove is another popular option for backpackers concerned with weight. The GigaPower weighs 3.75 ounces, not including the pot or fuel canister, which are sold separately. It folds compactly into an included plastic case, and it has an automatic piezo igniter. Reviewers say the Snow Peak GigaPower is surprisingly sturdy and stable for such a small stove, and few report any problems with stability -- a common problem for small canister stoves. The pot supports are also described as sturdy and capable of supporting large pots. Testing shows the Snow Peak GigaPower performs well in bad weather, including wind and rain. In fact, one reviewer at Backcountry.com is so impressed with the stove's performance in rain that he claims "a garden hose probably wouldn't even put it out." The GigaPower also gets favorable reviews from owners, but a few report problems with temperature control. If you're looking to trim even more weight, the Snow Peak LiteMax (*Est. $60) also gets good reviews and weighs less than 2 ounces.
Both Gorp.com and Backcountry.com test the Snow Peak GigaPower, and their testing is scientific and detailed. These tests are undated, though, so they may not include the newest camping stoves. Several owners write detailed reviews of the GigaPower on BackpackGearTest.org, and the stove also receives a good number of owner-written reviews on Buzzillions.com.
Rocky Thompson at Backcountry.com says the Snow Peak GigaPower proves itself in bad weather. He says simply, "If you cook in adverse conditions, get this stove."
Review: Goat Test #1: Canister Stoves, Rocky Thompson, Not Dated
Keith Morton says the Snow Peak GigaPower is sturdy and compact. However, he notes that the stove's fuel valve must be in the open position to fold up correctly; if you forget to close it before you attach your fuel canister, you may release gas.
Review: Snow Peak Giga Stove, Keith Morton, Not Dated
Only a handful of owners review the Snow Peak GigaPower at BackpackGearTest.org, but the reviews are incredibly detailed. Most are very happy with the stove, saying it's easy to pack and lights quickly.
Review: Snow Peak Giga Power SS Stove, Contributors to BackpackGearTest.org
More than 50 owners give the Snow Peak GigaPower above-average ratings at Buzzillions.com. Reviewers appreciate its portability and sturdy pot supports, but several report performance problems at high altitudes.
Review: Snow Peak Giga Power Stove with Piezo, Contributors to Buzzillions.com