User Review: MSR PocketRocket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40
Great stove for all around use.
I bought this stove in about 2008. It's been my go-to stove ever since.
Easy to setup, easy to light, easy to control the flame, no mess dealing with liquid fuels, packs up great, weighs next to nothing. You can fry, warm, toast, simmer, or boil no problem.
Being able to use the Coleman fuel canisters from Walmart has been a big help as well.
I've used it on week long trips here in the Appalachian mountains, car camping, and at the house when the power goes out to do everything from boil water to frying sausage in a larger pan. It also works really well with woks. I even use it to melt Vaseline to make fire starters.
I boil a pint of water from room temp in a GSI Pinnacle Soloist in just over 2 minutes.
The pot stands get hot but cool down quicker than I'd have thought possible. This thing can be packed back up after use in no time at all.
A neutral point with this stove, something I knew going in, being a canister stove its a bit tippy. I like to dig holes or surround the canister with rocks. I've fit the canister into tree stumps and all kinds of things. Just be creative and you wont have any problems. No point in buying the expensive legs for canisters.
Another little thing to add here, One might want to build or buy a windscreen if they live in windy places. The wind will slow down the cooking. Windscreen will also help keep the heat in. That said, I've never had one, and never had a problem.
My only real issue with this little stove is how the pot stands hold a narrow pot. They slant down towards the center slightly and have little steps. If a pot isn't sized perfectly it wants to sit crooked. I honestly think it would work better without the steps/teeth since they really don't stop pots from 'rocking'
In conclusion, If you want one, buy it. You won't regret it. I recommend this stove all the time.
Pics from doing a boil test when I bought my Soloist.