Coleman Peak 1 Review
Cons: Slow, heavy, fuel inefficient
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|Pros||Simmers well, easy to set up, inexpensive||Lightweight, works in the wind, great piezo igniter, fuel efficient, very stable for a small canister stove||Ultralight, fuel efficient, affordable, quick to boil even in wind||Good at simmering, simple operation||Tiny, light, cheap|
|Cons||Slow, heavy, fuel inefficient||Pot supports pack up separately from stove||A bit loud, possibly less durable pot stabilizers||No piezoelectric igniter, slow to boil, bulky, somewhat heavy||Small burner head, poor wind performance, not great fuel efficiency|
|Bottom Line||This inexpensive, heavy, and bulky stove takes a while to boil, but simmers reasonably well||Our favorite small canister stove, providing the best performance for most backpackers||This affordable and fuel-efficient canister stove is also tiny and ultralight, perfect for your next backcountry adventure||This standard small canister stove is good for simmering but bulky and a bit heavy in your pack||A shockingly small, ultra lightweight, and straightforward backpacking stove at an impressively low price|
|Rating Categories||Coleman Peak 1||Soto Windmaster||Soto Amicus||Primus Essential Trail||BRS-3000T|
|Fuel Efficiency (25%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Boil Time (10%)|
|Specs||Coleman Peak 1||Soto Windmaster||Soto Amicus||Primus Essential Trail||BRS-3000T|
|Category||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister|
|Essential Weight (stove or stove + integrated pot only)||6.5 oz||3.0 oz||2.79 oz||4.5 oz||0.9 oz|
|Trail Weight (stove, fuel, pot)||18.63 oz||15.63 oz||14.92 oz||16.63 oz||12.63 oz|
|Wind Boil Time (1 liter, 2-4mph)||>15 min||5:46 min:sec||6:30 min:sec||10:10 min||14:45 min:sec|
|Boil Time (1 liter)||7:08 min:sec||4 min:sec||3:52 min: sec||5:30 min:sec||5:13 min:sec|
|Packed Weight (stove + all accessories)||6.5 oz||3.5 oz||3.5 oz||4.5 oz||1 oz|
|Dimensions||5.1" x 5.5" x 4.3"||4.7" x 3.9" x 3.6"||3.9" × 0.7" × 6.5"||4.3" x 2.4"||2" x 1.2" x 1.3"|
|Additional Included Items||None||Stuff sack, pot support||Stuff sack||None||Stuff sack|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Coleman has been making outdoor gear forever, and many hikers have owned something by this brand at some point. The Peak 1 stove is classic Coleman: a "good enough" product at an affordable price. If you are looking to save money and prefer something more durable than the least expensive model in our review, then this slow burner might be a reasonable option for you.
The Peak 1 is near the bottom of the pack when it comes to fuel efficiency. It burned 0.46 ounces of fuel to boil 1 liter of water in the absence of wind. In front of our box fan generating 2-4 mph of wind, it burned 1.46 ounces of fuel and could not boil water within 15 minutes (which is our cut-off point to conserve fuel). At this point, most of the small canister stoves in our review can boil water within 15 minutes in our wind test.
The Peak 1 weighs 6.5 ounces. We weigh small canister stoves without any accessories, and that was easy with this stove because it doesn't come with any, not even a stuff sack! It is one of the heaviest small canister stoves in our test.
We were pleasantly surprised by the above-average simmering ability of the Peak 1. The burner head is on the wider end of average. While this adds some weight, it also helps distribute the flame, and thus heat, around the bottom of the pot more evenly.
We really like the resistance of the valve control knob. This let us have an easier time dialing in the precise amount of flame for a meal. Additionally, there is no "rebound" built into the valve — when you take your hand off of it, the flame stays exactly where it was. We were able to turn the stove down quite low before it went out.
Ease Of Use
Small canister stoves are fairly easy to use by design. Beyond this, several factors help us differentiate among models, and the Peak 1 had some strengths and weaknesses in this category. The red plastic parts under the burner head make attaching and detaching the canister a breeze, even with cold hands or when the rest of the unit is still hot. The pot supports aren't particularly wide, but they are fairly sturdy. Given that there are only three somewhat narrow pot supports, we found this stove to be among the least stable for supporting our 1.7-quart kettle during the boil and fuel efficiency tests. That said, as long as you use a 1-2 liter pot on the short end of the spectrum, it should be stable enough.
While we like the operation of the valve (see the simmering section), and the plastic knob is easy to grab, it is hidden under the pot, which makes it challenging to locate without removing the pot. Other models feature a wire fuel valve, which is much easier to use. A little metal flap offers the fingers some protection from the flames, but this won't help if the stove is boiling over and you have to turn it off. This stove also lacks a piezoelectric igniter. On a positive note, the Peak 1 doesn't come with any small parts or accessories, which is ideal, as this means there's nothing to lose or forget at home.
The Peak 1 had the slowest boil time for a canister stove. It took 7 minutes and 8 seconds to boil a liter of water in our windless lab. When we subjected the stove to a constant 2-4mph wind from a box fan, it could not boil one liter of water in under 15 minutes.
We don't think this stove is a great value. You can pay less for a stove that performs better in most categories, and you can pay only a bit more for a model that is better all around. If you want to save money and are looking for a burly model that simmers well, this is a decent option, but for a little bit more cash, you can get an excellent stove that performs well in every metric.
The Coleman Peak 1 makes water hot. Beyond this, its performance is uninspiring. While simmering is what it does best, it didn't knock our socks off at that either. It's fairly easy to use, but it's quite heavy and bulky (for a small canister stove), very fuel inefficient, and slow to boil.
— Mary Witlacil and Ian McEleney
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