Gear Review: Soto Pocket Torch, For S’mores, Survival, and More

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor ofThe Adventure Life 

One of the cardinal rules of s'mores is that you don't promise what you can't deliver. All the fixin's were laid out and ready to go—dark chocolate, cinnamon graham crackers, marshmallows—and I started to build the fire. But the wood was so damp it felt like it had been sitting on the floor of a rain forest on the Olympic Peninsula since the end of the last ice age. Matches were fruitless. Then I pulled out my new secret weapon: the Soto pocket torch. Fifteen minutes later, chocolate and mallow were as one.

At first glance, the pocket-sized flame thrower seems extravagant. Why not save the $18 and just stick with the cheap disposable lighter you slip inside it? Because aside from the cost and additional 2 ounces, the pocket torch is better in almost every way. It pops off 2,300 degrees of heat, enough to solder airplane wiring in an emergency (memo to Lost castaways…), and lets you maintain a flame as long as you want without getting hot. Because of the handle and the way it shoots a cone-shaped flame, you can use it at any angle, even upside down. It's windproof (though not waterproof), and if you find yourself with damp firewood and tinder, it'll project its heat long enough to get the party started. As I see it, it’s promise insurance.


  1. John Morgan T
    June 17, 2010, 7:07 pm

    Great tool! not only for camping

  2. Amy Nipps
    June 24, 2010, 2:18 am

    CheapOair Super Combo Offer – Save up up 65% on all Flights – Hotels – Car Rentals. Book Now! Offer Valid till Dec 31, 2010.

  3. Desks
    June 25, 2010, 8:33 am

    This is a great little tool and I will be investing in one for my boat.

  4. A Nipps
    July 1, 2010, 7:58 am

    Compare Travel Sites & Save. Visit:

  5. hp laptop car charger
    July 12, 2010, 5:20 am

    With this tool, a promise can now be expected to be had. The 2,300 degrees of heat is just amazing and no wonder sales would hit great lengths.

  6. auto second hand
    July 20, 2010, 6:03 am

    It is great . thanks for this. Where from can i buy one of this?

  7. istanbul travel
    August 2, 2010, 7:13 am

    We offer escorted group tours of Western and Eastern turkey and private tours to suit all budgets.Or perhaps you already have most of your travel booked and would like us to help with booking some extras such as blue cruises or Balloon Flights http://www.packagetoursturkey.com Turkey is a magical and diverse country – whether you want to get into the nightlife of Istanbul, sit around drinking tea with the locals, camp under the stars, go trekking, learn about the culture or dive into the pristine waters of the Meditteranean, there is an experience to suit you. Whatever your needs, our aim is to make sure you have a memorable experience in Turkey.We aim to provide our clients with something different when they travel with us. As our client you won’t miss all of the main tourist sites, but we aim to give you something more than just the basics – for example, the opportunity to visit a small Turkish village, or the chance to learn how to cook a delicious Turkish meal.
    We have many years experience in the Turkish travel and tourism industry and would like to share our experience and passion for Turkey with you.

  8. private istanbul tours
    August 9, 2010, 11:21 am

    Istanbul Tours is private tour operator. We offer the private tours, group tours, tailor -made tours and special tours.

  9. MBT
    August 21, 2010, 2:00 am

    For Cheap MBT Shoes accessible bloom reasons, the association that advance Lyme testing say the dog is a bouncer for animal disease.Although the ache mbt shoes accepted as relapsing agitation has been known, mbt shoes sale The belt of Old Lyme beyond from Plum Island Germ Lab that dealt with beat colonies.

  10. jordans
    August 21, 2010, 2:10 am

    An important air jordans shoes paper published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology performs a met analysis entitled. cheap jordans shoes The objective of the paper was to accurately quantify and assess the actual benefit conferred by chemotherapy in the treatment of adults with the most common malignant cancers. nike air max All three of the authors are oncologists.

  11. ephesus tours
    October 26, 2010, 6:05 am

    ephesus tours,turkey tours,turkey travel,turkey cappadocia tours,turkey anzac day tours,travel turkey,ephesus tour,daily tours,turkey all tours,private tours turkey,turkey blue cruise,turkey travel,turkey travel guide,turkey hotels,daily istanbul tours,turkey cruise,turkey travel tours,turkey ephesus tours,turkey full day ephesus tours

  12. selina alexandra
    November 2, 2010, 2:01 am

    Hi, Nice blog !

  13. Sam H
    November 4, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I have one. It is great for CREME BRULEE too!

  14. Carlene
    November 4, 2010, 7:17 pm

    REI has them I’m sure many of the other sporting good type places do as well.

  15. Jean-George Lemoine
    November 7, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Cool products!

  16. Food Storage
    November 8, 2010, 6:39 pm

    This is a great tool. I’m going to get one and put it with my food storage, and emergency kits.

  17. Sportsfishing
    December 15, 2010, 4:01 pm

    I recently bought the Soto Torch and then inserted a disposable lighter that turned out to be too big for the base. It became stuck in the base so I phoned Soto and they immediately sent me a new base for the torch.

  18. Ann
    December 15, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Soto emailed me and said, “Please make sure to purchase ‘Scripto’ disposable lighter at Walmart or ‘Calico’ lighter at Home Depot for our Pocket Torch.

  19. Gallipoli tours
    December 17, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Our Gallipoli tour guide was very caring and informative, also he was speaking english very well. It was our first time and i wanto to say that gallipoli is great city Alot of history and nice restaurants..We were very happy visiting troy we will definitely come back We definitely had much more than we expected. Never thought we could meet so informative and well english speaking guide . It was great to see the city and history by a professional company.

  20. kevin guys
    December 23, 2010, 6:59 am ACER LC.BTP01.011 Laptop battery ACER LC.BTP01.011 Laptop battery ACER BTP AMJ1 Laptop battery ACER BTP AMJ1 Laptop battery ACER BTP ARJ1 Laptop battery ACER BTP ARJ1 Laptop battery ACER GARDA32 Laptop battery ACER GARDA32 Laptop battery

  21. robert murray
    January 20, 2011, 12:52 pm

    This rocks.

  22. traveller
    January 25, 2011, 2:14 pm

    Everybody loves to travel. For many people it may be a hobby, for others, it may be for leisure purpose and get a break from their daily routine lives. One way to make your travel memorable and enjoyable is by being accompanied by some of your family members, especially children.

  23. ferragamo shoes
    March 4, 2011, 9:09 pm

    the information of this post is very relevant
    for what i am looking for, thank you so much for sharing this one

  24. discount coach handbags
    March 24, 2011, 2:36 am

    Thanks for sharing! The reason for your blog is always to document your life and give your personal thoughts. A few idea are usually distinct with me but incredibly specific. What you would like to offer to the modern society, I believe I’ve been recognized that. As long as everyone do good and assume that.tgre

  25. Gallipoli Tours
    April 21, 2011, 9:08 am

    I have already been in Gallipoli actually and I enjoyed the staying in the old part of Troy for this time and visiting the historical monuments there. I took a private guide to visit gallipoli and troy I can say that these places are fantastic I visited these places by recommendation of my friend and even I am not so interested in Historical places I was very affected by these monuments. These places are must while visiting gallipoli. I thought that these places are best attractions to see in gallipoli. You can just spend 4 hours for that. Thank you so much…

  26. turkseks
    May 1, 2011, 5:43 am

    With this tool, a promise can now be expected to be had.
    turkey istanbul yeşilçam erotiklerinden seçemelir turkseks izlemene

  27. Coach Bags Outlet
    May 26, 2011, 11:53 pm

    Today, married men have the benefit of a partner with stronger earning power compared with 1970, when fewer married women were in the labor force. Both men and women are much more likely to be college educated today compared with 1970, but women now comprise nearly 54% of college graduates, in contrast to just 36% in 1970. This education gap means that a growing number of marriages includes a wife who has more education than her husband, and in some cases a higher income, as the graph below details. While the percentage of wives whoaf earn more than husbands has grown significantly, keep in mind that the vast majority or women in 2007 did not earn more than their husbands.

  28. jordan shoes 8
    May 27, 2011, 4:21 am

    It’s certainly not hard to see why this manuscript would creep to the top of Evenson’s stack – Hall writes of Jake and Mercy, a married couple striving to have a child, while undergoing one hell of a rough year. Jake quits his job to become an online poker player; they kill a dog while driving in a rainstorm; chalk X’s mysteriously appear all around their house and yard; Mercy cheats on Jake, though like much of their lives, not in a fully successful manner; and all the while, Mercy’s blood flows regularly.
    Hall has a seemingly simple way with her language – short sentences without a flashy vocabulary. However, these sentences also tend to capture whatever she is describing fully. One asssdafumes Tina May Hall is one observant person as she slips in details that allow the reader to envision the scene.

  29. gulet cruise turkey
    June 23, 2011, 10:46 am

    It’s very useful article.. Thanks…

  30. Turkey Traveler
    August 26, 2011, 2:47 am

    Great post!

  31. istanbul tours
    September 25, 2011, 9:36 am

    I went to Turkey for 2 nights and 3 days and ı made an arrangement with this company for a package tour and ı spent a good time in Istanbul. We visited the beauty places of this marvelous city. First day we went on a dinner cruise on Bosphorus and ı had a lot of fun with so many kinds of dance shows and good dinner too. I loved the mezzes. Second day we went on a tour and visited the Sultanahmet aria Every corner looks like a part of history. Hagia Sophia and Chora Church are very beautiful museums. The mosaics of these basilicas are very good protected. I was fascinated. I badly recommend you to go on a cruise on Bosphorus at night. Istanbul looks very different at night is shining. I had a very enjoyable Dinner cruise on Bosphorus accompanied by Turkish Shows. I will definitely visit again Turkey. Thank you for your services.

  32. moncler coats
    October 24, 2011, 3:53 am

    As I mentioned at the particular end involving last year’azines Flickr set associated with Periods Square pictures, the actual Television protection was clearly far much more substantial than what I could attain along with just a new single DSLR digicam and also it was additionally infinitely much more sophisticated, along with substantial-conclude Television cameras located in strategic vantage points all all close to the square. On your other hand, the Television photos look, along with then vanish, typically leaving no lasting impression. By contrast, these still photos will certainly hopefully end up being exciting for you to search at months, if not any long time, from now.

  33. diet for triglycerides
    October 26, 2011, 1:49 pm

    I had a mini version of that torch lighter back in the day, it couldn’t quite do smores correctly though….
    Good find, I WILL DEF be getting one of these!

  34. click here
    January 16, 2012, 10:50 pm

    That comes very handy. Would love to have it as a tool.

  35. Hai
    February 25, 2012, 12:38 pm

    Amazing stuff.Thank for sharing the article.