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Waterproof, windproof, and long burning, the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit makes quick work of getting the campfire burning in even the worst weather.

We have a long-standing tradition of camping over the long Thanksgiving weekend each year. After the food, family, and festivities, it’s the perfect way to decompress and enjoy the late Fall beauty here in the South. And there’s nothing that tastes better than Thanksgiving leftovers heated over a campfire. A few years ago, our Thanksgiving weekend adventures took us to a beautiful campsite near Table Rock Mountain in North Carolina’s outstandingly beautiful Linville Gorge.

We stumbled through a few unfortunate and unexpected delays – one of our crew remembered he forgot his tent, just before we pulled up to the campsite, so we had to head back home for the tent before making camp. We arrived well after dark in extremely windy and wet conditions with temperatures just above freezing. Our first order of business was to get a campfire started to cook our meal. Our anticipation of toasty feet and tasty food turned into disappointment when match after match after match was snuffed out, thanks to the cold, howling wind and the saturated forest floor. Finally, after perfecting a windbreak made from a tarp, some rope, and a few well-placed boulders, we were able to get a few embers lit and glowing.

They're stormproof, waterproof, dirtproof, windproof, and perfect for camping adventures: our UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit review

Thankfully everything turned out fine. Soon we were full of Turkey Day trimmings and cozy and warm around the fire. But, we’ve never forgotten just how difficult getting a fire started can be without the proper tools, and waterproof matches have been a staple in our gear bag since. We recently upgraded our match game with the UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit, and we can confidently say we won’t be suffering through a cold, fireless evening again.

UCO Titan Stormproof Matches: our campsite-tested review

The UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit provides long burning, windproof and waterproof matches that easily have a gas burning stove, campfire, or backyard BBQ fired up in no time. They even stay lit after being submerged in water! The kit includes 12 matches and three replaceable strike pads, contained in a floating waterproof case with a cord that can attach to a lanyard.

They're stormproof, waterproof, dirtproof, windproof, and perfect for camping adventures: our UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit review

Each matchstick is extra long, about four inches, and features a non-burning extension to keep our fingers from getting singed. The included strike pads are firm, very rough, and quickly set the match on fire. The strike pads are also waterproof and can be used even if they get wet, but need some time to dry out first to regain their rigidity and roughness. And the included spare strike pads make it easy to swap out a wet strike pad for a dry one in the event one becomes soaked.

They're stormproof, waterproof, dirtproof, windproof, and perfect for camping adventures: our UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit review

At first strike, the match puts out an impressive flame, reminiscent of a Fourth of July sparkler, and a bit of smoke. The long-burning match boasts a 25 second burn time, which should be more than enough to get some dry kindling or a fire starter burning.

UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit review wrap-up

We’ve been super impressed with these wind and waterproof matches. The long-burning matches put out an incredible flame, and they easily light kindling or a gas-burning camp stove, no matter the weather. Thanks to the Titan Stormproof Kit, our days of huddling behind a wind-whipped tarp trying desperately to start a fire are thankfully over.

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Eric Champlin

Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails, and Trailful, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures and top Southern-worthy outdoor gear. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.