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Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel Review

Price:  $100 List | $43.96 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Easy to use, inexpensive, fuel efficient
Cons:  Heavy, bulky
Bottom line:  This stove performs well in every way except weight and size.
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Boil Time (1 liter):  5:11 min:sec
Trail Weight:  18.5 oz
Packed Weight:  27.2 oz
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef

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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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Ian McEleney

Last Updated:
Wednesday
May 2, 2018

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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 the most fuel-efficient stove in our review. In calm conditions it burned 0.3 ounces of fuel to boil 1 liter of water. This is slightly more than the review-leading Jetboil Flash and the MSR Windburner and less than the Primus ETA Lite+ and MSR Reactor.

In our 8 - 10 mph fan test it sipped 0.4 ounces, a feat matched only by the ETA 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 Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 or Editors' Choice MSR Pocket Rocket 2.

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 ETA 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 $99, we think this stove is a great value. It's less expensive than all of the other 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 and Accessories


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 $69.99!

Ian McEleney

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