Updated: Nov 13, 2020
MSR Pocket Rocket - 2015
5 out of 5 Stars
Most of my purchase decisions for backpacking gear have been budget conscious buys. For this purchase I went straight to the top rated stove. It was $45 in 2015, and that price appears to be holding for the Pocket Rocket 2.
This stove does everything I need a stove to do. It is small, light, and easy to use. I'm able to pack it, along with my lighter and spoon, inside the cup I use for coffee or tea. That cup fits inside the Stanley cup I use to boil water.
The design of the stove is supposed to allow it to work in windy conditions. I've used this on top of a bald with a decent breeze, and it did perform, but it took a bit longer to boil the water. Without a breeze this thing boils water very fast.
You can purchase camping stoves for less than $20 at Walmart and on Amazon. This is one area I did not mind spending some extra money. MSR makes quality gear.
Note. I am budget conscious in all backpacking gear purchases. My reviews are based upon multiple uses, spanning months or years.
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My name is Jerry. My trail name is Monsoon. In addition to running a hiking club, I also own and operate a coffee shop & bookstore. Check it out here.