Coleman Peak 1 Review
Cons: Slow, heavy
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Coleman Peak 1
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|$16.95 at Amazon||$22.01 at Amazon|
|Pros||Simmers well, easy to set up||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||Tiny, light, cheap||Good at simmering, simple operation|
|Cons||Slow, heavy||Not the most fuel efficient, pot supports pack up separately from stove||Unreliable piezo igniter||Small burner head, poor wind performance||No piezoelectric igniter, slow to boil|
|Bottom Line||This heavy stove takes a while to boil but simmers reasonably well||Our favorite small canister stove, providing the best performance for most backpackers||This simmering champ can also perform in the wind||A shockingly small and lightweight inexpensive model||This standard small canister stove is good for simmering but bulky in your pack|
|Rating Categories||Coleman Peak 1||Soto Windmaster||MSR PocketRocket De...||BRS-3000T||Primus Essential Trail|
|Fuel Efficiency (25%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Boil Time (10%)|
|Specs||Coleman Peak 1||Soto Windmaster||MSR PocketRocket De...||BRS-3000T||Primus Essential Trail|
|Category||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister|
|Trail Weight||6.7 oz||3.0 oz||3.0 oz||0.9 oz||3.9 oz|
|Wind Boil Time (1 L, 2-4mph)||15 min||7:24 min:sec||7:20 min:sec||15 min||15 min|
|Boil Time (1 liter)||6:58 min:sec||4:42 min:sec||3:39 min:sec||4:43 min:sec||6:00 min:sec|
|Packed Weight||6.7 oz||3.5 oz||3.5 oz||1 oz||3.9 oz|
|Dimensions (inches)||5.1 x 5.5 x 4.3 in||4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in||3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 in||1.97 x 1.2 x 1.3 in||4.3 x 2.4 in|
|Additional items included||None||Stuff sack, pot support||Stuff sack||Stuff sack||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Coleman has been making outdoor gear forever. 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.
The Peak 1 is near — but not at — the bottom of the pack when it comes to fuel efficiency. It burned 0.8 ounces of fuel bringing 1 liter of water to boil in calm conditions. In front of the fan, it burned 1.1 ounces of fuel but was not able to bring water to a boil after 15 minutes. To be fair few small canister stoves could pull off this feat.
The Peak 1 weighs 6.7 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 made attaching and detaching the canister a breeze, even with cold hands. The pot supports aren't particularly wide, but they are sturdy enough. Because this stove doesn't come with any small parts or accessories, there's nothing to lose or forget at home.
While we like the operation of the valve (see the simmering section) and the plastic knob is easy to grab onto, it still hides well under the pot, unlike some of the wire knobs found on other stoves. There is a little metal flap that offers our fingers some protection from the flames, but that won't help if the stove is boiling over and you have to turn it off. This stove also lacks a piezoelectric igniter.
For a small canister stove, the Peak 1 is slow to boil. It took just under 7 minutes to boil a liter of water in calm conditions. It could not bring that same amount of water to boil after 15 minutes in breezy conditions.
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.
The Coleman Peak 1 makes water hot. Beyond this, its performance is uninspiring. Though 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 (for a small canister stove) and slow to boil.
— Ian McEleney