While poking around recently in REI’s camping gear, I saw something that at first made me scoff: a $55 “stormproof” camping lighter, right next to the five-buck “stormproof” matches. But then I checked out the specs: the Windmill Delta Stormproof Lighter uses a catalyzer coil that will hold a flame even in 70 – 80 mph winds.
The gas flow is adjustable, allowing a flame at variable elevations, and the 2 oz. lighter is shockproof and water-tight. Customer reviews say it’s a bit bulky but quite reliable. If you camp at the state park like my family always did, you may not need to lay down the cash (though street pricing puts it more around $40), but if you’re the serious outdoors type, a reliable flame can be a big comfort.