Well over a year ago, Patagonia started hinting at the possibility of releasing a wood-burning stove for backpacking, climbing, and bikepacking. We tried to get a sample, but they didn’t have any yet, we tried to get a picture, but they only had conceptual drawings. We knew it was a project dreamt up by Yvon Chouinard himself, as part of a minimalist backcountry setup, but that’s all we knew.
This week Patagonia announced the Untethered kit. A twig-burning stove, small pot, lightweight sleeping bag, and a simple 30L backpack. Technically, besides food, water, clothes, shoes, and matches, all you *really* need for a quick night out. That was Chouinard’s plan: just the basics.
The stove is stainless steel, weighs 9.2 ounces, breaks down easily, and can burn deadfall or wood pellets ($99). The pot (made by MiiR) is also stainless steel, weighs 12 ounces, has a built-in heat exchanger, and is designed specifically for the wood stove ($49). The sleeping bag is hoodless and very minimal—no zipper even. It uses PrimaLoft Gold insulation and weighs 11.8 ounces. They don’t give a temperature rating, but Patagonia makes it clear the bag is meant as a standalone only for warm nights, and can be used as a liner in a proper sleeping bag when the temps dip ($199). Finally, there’s the Middle Fork backpack ($149). 30L of a big tube with a drawstring and clasp closure. Daisy chain loops on the outside are the only pockets. Looks like a pack designed to move in alpine environments. As simple as it gets. It weighs 1 pound, 1 ounce.
In all, it’s a set that looks purpose designed for scrambling overnighters, maybe warm weather bikepacking. No frills, little fuss (other than a twig-burning stove), lightweight, mission-driven to keep it simple and let you think about everything but the gear.
We haven’t tested any of this stuff out yet, but hope to soon.
It’s all sold separately, or, for about $500, you can pick up the whole kit and caboodle. Check it out, here.