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Pros: Simple, durable, inexpensive, strong hardcase.
Best Uses: Backpacking.
The MSR Pocket Rocket is the cheapest backpacking stove we reviewed. Itís simple and durable, but not very stable. For another $10 we believe the Optimus Crux is a better buy because itís more durable, more stable, and stores conveniently under a fuel canister. If you travel to high altitudes we recommend the Soto OD-1R (75 percent more expensive) because it has a fuel regulator.
If environmentally harmful fuel canisters and tiny unstable stoves arenít you thing, we recommend the stable, versatile, and durable MSR Whisperlite. This liquid fuel stove will last you a lifetime.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Pocket Rocket is the simplest and most durable small canister stove we reviewed. Its design is incredibly basic, yet perfectly functional. At $40 itís the least expensive stove we reviewed. It also comes with a red triangular hard case that protects the stove incredibly well.
The Pocket Rocket is the least stable stove we reviewed. While the pot supports fold out to a reasonable diameter, they do not extend perfectly flat. This leaves your pot or pan balanced on three small points and nothing more. Further contributing to this stoveís instability was its long stem. This raised the stoveís center of gravity slightly higher than all other small canister stoves. Our comparative photos illustrate these differences.
While this is the cheapest stove, we believe the Optimus Crux is worth the extra $10.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale
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Most recent review: November 19, 2013
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