User Review: Coleman Exponent Apex II
Price Paid: $64
I actually just ordered mine and can't wait to get it. So how can I write a review you say? Simple; I have coveted this stove for years and have used one quite a bit because one of my backpacking buddies owns one.
When I got into "serious" backpacking in college, I was an out-in-out gear snob. No way was I going to own a "Coleman" stove. After all, isn't that what the Griswald's used on their family vacations?
So I have gone through a number of MSR products. My first was a Whisperlite and my next was an XGK II. Both good stoves and both got me to some beautiful places. BUT, they were both either on or off with not much adjustment in between. And they were expensive (I think about $120 for the XGK). All the while, my buddy had his trusty Coleman and he never used as much fuel, never risked burning down his tent while starting his stove, and he could SIMMER! It does weigh more but I was always having to pack extra heavy fuel to cook as much as my buddy. In the end, over a long trip, I think he had the better deal.
So I have finally done it. I sold my tired XGK for $20 and ordered the Coleman from Campmor.....and I CAN'T WAIT!