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Crux Weekend HE Cook System

rated 4 of 5 stars Exceptional stove for both the weekender or the serious through-hiker. Great quality at a competitive price. This stove is perfect for those of you wanting to get into backpacking without spending a fortune. That said, this is not a cheaply built product. I find myself taking this everywhere, even on fishing trips just to show off making coffee for those long all-nighters that I like to pull. Setup: Included mesh bag contains the pot and lid, which doubles as a smaller cook pot. Inside of that you… Full review

Crux Lite

rated 5 of 5 stars Very light, very small, very fast boil time. Has some adjustment to flame. We use this to boil water in a GSI kettle (looks like the Optimus kettle). It is very fast. The stove fits inside the kettle for storage.   We also make espresso with a small stove-top Italian espresso maker. It works great for that as the maker has a small diameter and doesn't work well with our other stove.   We start it with a fire steel—starts one strike, no problem.    Our pots have grooves in the bottom. This… Full review


rated 0.5 of 5 stars This is the worst lighter. Don't waste your money. I purchased one for Philmont trek in New Mexico and it didn't work at ALL!! I was able to go to the store and they exchanged it and got a new one. Figure OK, this happens and I was again totally disappointed and the second one was just as worthless as the first one. I didn't return it for a third time because I want to keep it to remind me NOT to buy these products!! Total waste of money. Get a lighter for $2 will do the job. You won't need the… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Like most liquid fuel stoves, you must learn how to prime this one properly and safely. Once you have that, it will be an extremely reliable stove that is very easily maintained. While some claim this stove has no simmer control, I wouldn't agree. I can reduce my flame down to a clean burning simmer, repeatedly. There is a one star review above that suggests retiring this stove on account of safety. Instead I would suggest that you don't misuse the stove, and do use your common sense. Eg. If you… Full review


rated 4 of 5 stars Small, light, and works every time. I use this to make coffee in my shop. I found it in a thrift shop for $3.50 All it needed was a little cleaning and works perfect. I have two other ones, a 99 and a 111B. I think this one burns and simmers the best. I have used this stove several times when airplane camping. It has become part of my small camping kit for overnight trips. I have cooked eggs, ham, rice, noodles...and other simple foods and it works perfect. In a pinch I am sure I could burn avgas… Full review

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Optimus is a Swedish company that has been manufacturing outdoor stoves for more than a century. At the end of 2007 Optimus was integrated into the Katadyn Group.

Optimus Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Daniel Wins $300 Camp Kitchen from Katadyn, Optimus
Congratulations to member and gear reviewer Daniel Norgan! He won a backcountry kitchen package worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 31, 2014

Last Week: Review Your Gear to Win Kataydn Kitchen
What's your most dependable outdoor gear? Review your gear, apparel, or footwear now through Wednesday, July 30, and you're entered to win $300 worth of great outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 23, 2014

Filter, Food, Fire: Win $300 of Kataydn-Optimus Gear
Stay hydrated and well fed on the trail this summer, if you win $300 worth of outdoor gear and trail food from Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 16, 2014

Review Your Gear to Win $300 of Katadyn-Optimus Gear
Review your outdoor gear today and you're entered to win a complete backcountry camp kitchen worth $300, thanks to Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire. Read more
July 9, 2014

Win a Backcountry Kitchen from Katadyn and Optimus
From stove to spoon, filter to food, we're giving one gear reviewer all the essentials for a backcountry camp kitchen, thanks to the folks at Katadyn, Optimus, and AlpineAire ($300 value). Read more
July 1, 2014

OR Day One: Around the Foot, Side, and Kitchen
Day One on the Outdoor Retailer show floor turned up a number of innovations, from breathable footwear to stable hydration and a slick cook system. Read more
August 1, 2013


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