This is a lower cost alternative to the JetBoil stove.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
This is a lower cost alternative to the JetBoil stove. It has the same setup, good efficiency, and saves you enough money to buy a bunch of fuel canisters.
- Boiled 1/2 quart of water in 2 min 37 sec
- Good wind protection
- Piezo ignition
- When packed with the gas canister inside, it can be a little noisy. Any small soft item fits in and silences it.
I kept on bouncing back and forth between buying a JetBoil or an MSR Windburner. I had finally decided to pick up the MSR when this stove showed up in a Google search. I spent some time researching it and couldn't find any negative comments. Mostly positive, and about $40 cheaper, so I figured I'd roll the dice.
I'm glad I did. I'm sure I would have been happy with the MSR (I have an MSR PocketRocket that I love), but I haven't had a problem with the Stryker and it was significantly less expensive. By necessity, I have had to learn how to squeeze the most value out of every dollar I spend, so while I often buy the high-dollar, high-quality items, I will press my luck now and again. It doesn't always work, but it did this time.
The stove setup is straightforward. It has a snap-on stabilizer that fits on the gas canister and provides more stability. It has the burner, the pot (with handles and neoprene cover), and a lid. The gas canister nestles inside the pot along with everything else for space conservation. It fits a little on the loose side, but I put my micro-towel in there and problem solved.
The Piezo ignitor works fine and the flame starts on the first try every time. It boiled 16 oz of water in 2 minutes and 37 seconds (this was my best time — all times that I monitored were below 3 minutes). There are baffles around the bottom of the pot that protect the flame from the wind. One item to note though is that when I turn the stove full open, it sometimes seems like the flame sputters a little. I turn it down a tiny bit and it burns true and hot.
I haven't cooked food in this yet because I mostly do freezer bag cooking on the trail. The flame is adjustable so I have no concerns about it running too hot if I was cooking in it.
I could have spent the extra money on the bigger name, but I have not been the least bit disappointed with this stove and I have no concerns about it failing on the trail.