The Camp Chef Stryker 200 is one of the top stoves in our review. It's fuel efficient, the pot and burner mate reassuringly, and the piezo igniter is reliable. It was able to boil water in our wind test in only 30% more time than in calm conditions. Unfortunately, Camp Chef only makes this stove with a high capacity pot. We think today's weight-conscious backpackers are often hiking in pairs or solo and might find the weight and bulk to be overkill. Because of its high volume pot, we think this stove is a great choice for groups of 3 or 4 who want a stove that's fuel-efficient and easy to use.
Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel Review
Cons: Heavy, bulky
Manufacturer: Camp Chef
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Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel
|Price||$117.99 at Amazon||$64.95 at Amazon||$69.95 at REI||$99.95 at REI|
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|Pros||Easy to use, inexpensive, fuel efficient||Lightweight, works in the wind, great piezo lighter, very stable for small canister stove||Works in the wind, great for simmering, best of the best||Compact, light, fast boil time, stable, insulated pot||Lightweight, easy to use, good at simmering, piezo igniter|
|Cons||Heavy, bulky||Not the most fuel efficient, pot supports pack up separately from stove||Unreliable piezo igniter||Small pot size, not versatile||A bit heavier and bit pricier than the competition|
|Bottom Line||This big stove does everything an integrated canister stove is supposed to do, and does it well.||This lightweight stove is easy to use and will boil water when it's breezy.||This simmering champ can also perform in the wind.||This basic model still has all the frills, and is a great value if you want to boil water immediately.||This stove does everything well.|
|Rating Categories||Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel||Soto Windmaster||MSR PocketRocket Deluxe||Jetboil Flash||Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0|
|Fuel Efficiency (25%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Time To Boil (10%)|
|Specs||Camp Chef Stryker...||Soto Windmaster||MSR PocketRocket...||Jetboil Flash||Snow Peak...|
|Category||Integrated Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister||Integrated Canister||Small Canister|
|Trail Weight||18.5 oz||3.0 oz||3.0 oz||12.3 oz||3.0 oz|
|Wind Boil Time (1 L, 2-4mph)||7:14 min:sec||7:24 min:sec||7:20 min:sec||5:18 min:sec||15 min|
|Boil Time (1 liter)||5:38 min:sec||4:42 min:sec||3:39 min:sec||4:10 min:sec||5:53 min:sec|
|Packed Weight||27.2 oz||3.5 oz||3.5 oz||15.7 oz||3.9 oz|
|Dimensions (inches)||4.25 x 8 in||4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in||3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 in||4.1 x 7.1 in||4.2 x 2.6 in|
|Fuel Type||Isobutane, propane||Isobutane||Isobutane||Isobutane||Isobutane|
|Additional items included||1.5L pot, 2 canister stands, stuff sack, propane adapter||Stuff sack, pot support||Stuff sack||1L pot, canister stand, plastic cup||Plastic case|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Our testing team had low expectations when we pulled the Camp Chef Stryker 200 out of the box. However, it pleasantly surprised us in almost every way and is one of the better stoves in this test
The Stryker is one of the most fuel-efficient stoves we've ever tested. In calm conditions, it only consumed 0.3 ounces of fuel while bringing a liter of water to boil. This is one of the top stoves in our review in this measurement.
In our 2 - 4 mph fan test it sipped 0.6 ounces, at the back of the pack for integrated canister stoves but still ahead of every other stove in this review.. An impressive performance in calm conditions and a good one in windy conditions.
The Mountain Stryker 200 is the heaviest canister stove in our review at 18.5 oz. It should be noted that this stove is only available with a 1.5 L pot (Camp Chef calls this a 1.3 L pot). The MSR and Jetboil brand integrated stoves in this review are tested with their 1 L pots. We feel confident that if these other stove systems were compared using their comparable pots, the weight difference would be less glaring and in some cases, the Stryker would come out on top.
Integrated canister stoves are built for speed and efficiency, and are generally not as good at simmering as other types of canister stoves. While the Stryker is not our top pick for making oatmeal or rice, we do think it is the best simmering integrated canister stove in our test.
Ease Of Use
This is possibly the easiest to use stove in our review. The large sturdy handle is a better version of the handle on the MSR Reactor. It locks into place securely and has a plastic coating that makes it easy to hang on to. Though the burner and pot mating system is the same concept found on most of the other integrated canister stoves, it's somehow more secure than most of those. We were able to confidently pour from this stove when it's mostly full and with the burner and an 8 oz fuel can attached, not something we would attempt with some of the other stoves.
The piezo igniter is one of the best in the review. It lit the stove on the first try 95% of the time. Manufacturers love to boast about the speed of their integrated canister stoves, but there's nothing fast about hunting around for your lighter for 5 minutes.
Though we don't objectively measure sound output, anecdotally our testers found the Stryker to be a bit louder than some of the other integrated canister models.
The propane bottle adapter lets campers use those widely available green propane bottles with the Stryker. While our testers often car camp with a big car camping stove, the adapter let us use the same fuel but fire up hot water for coffee quicker and with less fuss.
The Stryker is bringing up the rear, of boil times for integrated canister stoves. It boiled 1 liter of water in 5 minutes 38 seconds in windless conditions and in 7 minutes and 14 seconds in front of our 2 - 4 mph fan.
We think this stove is a great value. Though it has risen in price over the years, it can sometimes be found for less on Amazon, and performs just as well as other canister stoves in most metrics.
The Camp Chef Stryker 200 is an impressive stove. It does everything we want from an integrated canister stove well and seems to be the first of it's kind with a highly reliable piezoelectric igniter. We really wish Camp Chef made a smaller version of this stove. If you're thinking of buying a stove system with a pot larger than 1L we think this one should be at the top of your list.
Camp Chef sells a version of this stove without the adapter or canister stand for the green propane bottles called the Stryker 100. In every other way, it's exactly the same stove, but it costs 40% less.
— Ian McEleney