User Review: Coleman Xtreme Powermax Stove
Price Paid: $60
Boils enough water for two meals in less than three minutes with a decent wind screen,
Very adjustable flame,
NO PUMP which means no pumping and no associated pump problems,
Lightweight in comparison to many "backpacking" stoves,
Small enough to fit inside many pot and pan sets,
Works very well at both high altitudes and in cold weather (I've used it in the high Sierra in winter at about 5 degrees and above 10,000 ft).
Too heavy for my liking (at 13+ ounces, it weighs in 10 ounces more than the stove I carry now),
Powermax fuel is expensive and not available everywhere.
It's been a good stove and has served well, but
1) I don't simmer very often,
2) I can't drive 50 miles every time I run low on fuel, and
3) I'm getting older and don't want to carry any more weight than I have to.
If you've been carrying a Peak 1, Feather 440 or similar stove, this one will blow you away. If you'd like to be even more blown away, go ultralight. After all, all you really need to do is boil water, right?