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Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel Review

This big stove does everything an integrated canister stove is supposed to do, and does it well.
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Price:  $125 List | $67.25 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, inexpensive, fuel efficient
Cons:  Heavy, bulky
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Ian McEleney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 2, 2018
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  • Fuel Efficiency - 25% 9
  • Weight - 25% 4
  • Simmering Ability - 25% 7
  • Time To Boil - 10% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 15% 9

Our Verdict

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.


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Pros Easy to use, inexpensive, fuel efficientWorks in the wind, great for simmering, best of the bestLight, works in the wind, great piezo lighterLight, fairly fuel efficient, piezoelectric lighter, can simmerSimple, light, inexpensive, strong hardcase
Cons Heavy, bulkyUnreliable piezo igniterNot the most fuel efficientNot windproofUnstable, no piezo
Bottom Line This big stove does everything an integrated canister stove is supposed to do, and does it well.This simmering champ can also perform in the wind.This lightweight stove is easy to use and will boil water when it's breezy.This light, relatively fuel efficient and convenient stove is our Top Pick For Integrated Canister Stoves.This small, light, easy to use stove can actually simmer and is perfect for backpacking.
Rating Categories Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Soto Windmaster JetBoil MiniMo MSR PocketRocket 2
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Specs Camp Chef Stryker... MSR PocketRocket... Soto Windmaster JetBoil MiniMo MSR PocketRocket 2
Boil Time (1 liter) 5:11 min:sec 3:22 min:sec 4:10 min:sec 4:06 min:sec 4:41 min:sec
Trail Weight 18.5 oz 3.0 oz 3.0 oz 12.2 oz 2.6 oz
Packed Weight 27.2 oz 3.5 oz 3.5 oz 15.2 oz 3.7 oz
Wind Boil Time (1 L, 8-10mph) 6:48 min:sec 7:18 min:sec 8:43 min:sec 04:56 min:sec 30 min
Category Integrated Canister Small Canister Small Canister Integrated Canister Small Canister
Dimensions (inches) 4.25 x 8 in 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 in 4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in 5 x 6 in 3.5 x 2 in
Fuel Type Isobutane, propane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane
Additional items included 1.5L pot, 2 canister stands, stuff sack, propane adapter Stuff sack Stuff sack, pot support 1L pot, canister stand, plastic cup, stuff sack for burner Plastic case
Piezo Igniter Yes Yes Yes Yes No

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

Performance Comparison


Our testers like this stove for trips where weight and pack space aren't paramount.
Our testers like this stove for trips where weight and pack space aren't paramount.

Fuel Efficiency


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 slightly more than the review-leading Jetboil Flash and less than the Primus Lite+ and MSR Reactor.

In our 8 - 10 mph fan test it sipped 0.4 ounces, a feat matched only by the Lite+. A solid performance in calm conditions and an impressive one in windy conditions.

Weight


The Mountain Stryker 200 is the heaviest canister stove in our review, at 18.5 oz outweighing even the hefty Windburner. 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.

The pot on the Stryker swallows it's burner and an 8 oz fuel canister.
The pot on the Stryker swallows it's burner and an 8 oz fuel canister.

Simmering


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 think it is the best simmering integrated canister stove in our test. If simmering is important, our testers recommend the Editors' Choice MSR PocketRocket Deluxe.

Boil Time


The Stryker is at the back, but not bringing up the rear, of our boil times for integrated canister stoves. It boiled 1 liter of water in 5 minutes 11 seconds in windless conditions and in 6 minutes and 48 seconds in front of our 8 - 10 mph fan. These times kept it behind the blazingly fast Reactor and Jetboil MiniMo.

The large volume of the Stryker pot adds some weight but is nice for making big batches of hot water.
The large volume of the Stryker pot adds some weight but is nice for making big batches of hot water.

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. 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 most of the other stoves.

Though the burner and pot mating system is the same concept found on the MSR Windburner and the Jetboil stoves, it's somehow more secure than any of those, and second only to the inspiring pot/burner fit on the Primus Lite+. The piezo igniter is tied with that on the GigaPower 2.0 for 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.

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.

One of the few times our testers find canister stands useful is when using a 4 oz can with the Stryker  because it's big.
One of the few times our testers find canister stands useful is when using a 4 oz can with the Stryker, because it's big.

Best Applications


Because of its high volume pot, we think this stove is a great choice for groups of 3 or more who want a stove that's fuel efficient and easy to use. That could be backpackers or alpine climbers in the lower 48 states. It's not as useful for groups of two or solo travelers who are prioritizing weight and bulk. This stove is also a good supplement to a two burner car camping stove.

Value


With an MSRP of $125, we think this stove is a great value. It's less expensive than most canister stoves (except for the Flash) but performs as well in most metrics.

Conclusion


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, something as light and compact at the MiniMo. 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.

The large and sturdy handle made pouring easy  even with a fairly full pot and the burner and fuel can still attached.
The large and sturdy handle made pouring easy, even with a fairly full pot and the burner and fuel can still attached.

Other Versions


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 with an MSRP of only $85!


Ian McEleney