User Review: MSR PocketRocket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40
This little stove is a powerhouse for its size. Packs down light and small with a small fuel canister, so it doesn't take up much room or weight in your pack. Great for warming up a cup for coffee but not for large amounts of liquid. Biggest flaw is it's not very efficient in the wind. a little breeze throws the cooking pattern off kilter and takes a long time to warm it up.
Best for lightweight, overnight trips. Wouldn't take it on a long one. I would recommend this for regular camping but not for long or high exposure trips. Works well in your tents vestibule.
- Even heat
- Bad in exposed settings
- Not for big cooking jobs
- Could be more efficient
I love this little MSR PocketRocket. Super simple to setup, just screw it on and turn it on. Without an onboard ignition switch you just need a couple matches or a lighter along for the trip but the small size and ease of use more than make up for the extra step of lighting it.
The burner is easy to control and allows for a fairly adjustable flame. There is little in the way of guard for the burner and thus in the wind it looses much of it's punch. It works well to boil a small amount of liquid or heat up something small but not a great meal cooker. Great for small boils but I'm not impressed with cooking much on it. The small stance of the prongs also make it very easy to tip a pot off or tip the whole stove over while cooking.
Generally this little stove seems to be fairly fuel efficient, I usually only take a single canister with me, if I'm going for a weekend.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this stove for a solo backpacker who is concerned with weight and doesn't need to have instantly boiled liquids. I use this more often then my bigger stoves and usually grab it whenever I'm headed into the woods overnight.
I've owned it for about two years and use it for all my summer camping.