User Review: Brunton Raptor
Price Paid: Can't remember. Couldn't be too much, I'm cheap
I carry a Raptor in a Snow Peak Mini Solo along with a 100 gm canister and folding spork. In the age of titanium gear this is not exactly a lightweight but it does have a few things going for it.
- It folds up and packs small.
- It can flat crank out some heat.
- Those long legs are great for holding a wind screen.
I have punched holes about 1" up from the bottom of a foil wind screen that I "hang" onto the legs. The wind screen does not extend all the way down to the tank and reflects little heat back to the cylinder.
The Solo is a smaller diameter than the legs leaving a small gap between the cup and wind screen. The bulk of the heat travels up the side of the solo pot for great heat transfer. Keep the flame moderate and this works most efficiently conserving fuel.
Most canister stoves have stubby little legs that make the use of a wind screens difficult, impractical or if misused hazardous to the fuel cylinder because reflected heat increases cylinder pressure. The extra bulk gives the Raptor some advantages over the uber-light jobbers in my opinion.