User Review: Coleman Exponent Apex II
Price Paid: $50
I've owned a Coleman Apex II for six years and use it on 3-4 backpacking trips each year. It has never let me down. I love this stove for its reliability and simplicity of use--just pump it up, turn it on, and light it. That's it.
I was prompted to write this review after reading one that said the Apex II is "junk" and recommended the MSR Whisperlite. I've been on several trips where a Whisperlight failed due to broken seals. And they are a hassle to light, what with the primer wick and timing the fuel needed to get it going. On a Whisperlight it is difficult to adjust the flame down to simmer, you must also carry a windscreen and burn plate, and you need a near-perfectly level spot. The Apex II adjusts easily from simmer to high, the wind screen and burn plate are built-in, and the adjustable legs make it level and stable on uneven ground.
On my last trip I used the Apex II to scramble six eggs, boil three cups of water on four mornings, and boil two cups of water on three evenings. And I had enough fuel left over for at least another day.
I've seen the Apex II measured as slightly heavier than the Whisperlight. But for its reliability and simplicity of use, I'm sticking with the Apex II.