ExoTac nanoSTRIKER XL Review 2013/06/19
There is a lot of choice on the market now for firesteels, which one
do you go for? This review is of the ExoTac nanoSTRIKER XL. Let's
check it out.
The overall package is really slick, the firesteel comes delivered in a
little presentation box with the features and benefits of the striker,
inside is a lanyard you can attach and a bag with replacement O rings
and a split ring to enable key chain carry for the striker itself. The
nanoSTRIKER XL features a durable aluminium housing, high quality
ferrocerium magnesium rod and a sharp striker. The rod is protected
inside the tube, you have to unscrew it and then assemble it to use it.
Finishing is perfection, all parts lock together solidly with no
wobbling and when you are striking the rod it is held in place securely.
The rod is also replaceable on the nanoSTRIKER XL. The striker has
4 edges that can be used for producing sparks, two flat ones and two
curved. From my own use I find the flat edges allow you to create the
best flow of sparks.
ExoTac nanoSTRIKER XL. Close up of the
striker, really sharp ends help create a good shower of sparks.
Teaching bushcraft, I do not use the ExoTac nanoSTRIKER XL as
its too fiddly to constantly reassemble when demonstrating. However if
you are travelling into the backcountry with one firesteel then the
ExoTac nanoSTRIKER XL makes a good choice as it is protected against the
elements, knocks and bumps, just be careful not to lose any of the
parts! The included striker is also very reliable and creating a
concentrated shower of sparks it is actually better than using the spine
of a knife.