User Review: MSR PocketRocket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $28
If you are looking for a cheap, light, powerful and outstanding backpacking stove, the MSR PocketRocket is for you.
- Very light
- Cheap price
- No liquids to spill
- Very small pack space
- Long burn time per canister
- Could be more stable
- Very thirsty stove at high altitudes
- No self igniter
I purchased this stove for Philmont Scout Ranch. After finding it on Amazon for $28, I couldn't pass it up!
Setup is a breeze, take the stove out of the included protective cover, screw onto canister, adjust the fuel flow, light the flame, crank it up!
This unit does not include an ignition source. I made a sparker from an old grill push button sparker. This stove is very easy to light. The flame control is fantastic; you can go from a Batmobile flame to a nice controlled simmer. This stove will boil a liter of water in just under three minutes.
Some people have complained about the wind with this stove. I have never had a problem, even in 40 mph sustained winds. There is no windscreen included, but the burner head has three partitions that even if two are blown out, the third will remain lit to relight the others.
Lastly, the packability is uncompromised. In a one liter pot, I pack the stove, an 8oz canister, my sparker, backup matches and lighter and my pot grips.
You really can't beat this stove for the price, performance, packability or simpleness.