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rated 4 of 5 stars Made to last. Almost no moving parts. Simple to use. This was my first backpacking stove. My wife found it new in the box at a garage sale for $5 back the 1980s. Camped with it from the Colorado Rockies to the hills of Pennsylvania. I didn't fully understand the stove in the old days and I wasn't the best at starting it, but it always worked. Now that I understand it it is easy, thank you internet. I always use alcohol now in the priming cup. Just don't try to start it too early before the prime… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Recently found three (1 SVEA123 2 R's) on the 'free' table at a recycling center. Snarfed those babies up! All were working soon after some cleaning maintenance. With a SIGG Tourister! HINT: A can of lighter fluid works well for priming. I reuse the can when it is empty. The flip nozzle is great. Notice the control keys on the 123's are not on the spindle. THEY GET HOT IF YOU LEAVE THEM ON!! Be careful if a windscreen is used. Place the screen only where any wind will be deflected. Strip pieces… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Bombproof This stove is bombproof.  The design has been bombproof for the 60 years this stove has been around.  Simple to set up.  Simple to prime. Simple to use.  Durable always. Reliable every time.  If you have the fuel, you'll have a burner. Works well every time with no monkeying around and fidgeting with the stove. Perhaps old school, but sometimes the old ways really are the best ways, and this stove falls into that category.  Buy one and never look back.  I finally gave away my MSR… Full review

Sliding Long Spoon

rated 5 of 5 stars Keeps your finger and knuckles clean when stirring and reaching into freeze dried food pouches. I just used this spoon for the first time on a three-day trek in the Idaho Selkirks. A hiking buddy of mine and I complained last September while on a Glacier NP hike about eating out of freeze dried food pouches and getting your fingers and knuckles sticky and messy when stirring and reaching down inside the pouch. We were both using titanium sporks. We wondered if longer spoons were available. I discovered… Full review

Sliding Long Spoon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An extendable-handle spoon that's lightweight and perfect for reaching into the corners of food pouches. What an ingenious little spoon! Collapsed the Optimus Sliding Long Spoon is slightly less than 7 inches long. Fully extended it is 9.5 inches long.   Collapsed versus extended Weighing in at a paltry 25 grams, this little spoon is great for stirring your tea, eating soup, or digging into a bowl of your favorite breakfast cereal. Slide the handle into its extended position and, voila!,… 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


Optimus of Sweden
Katadyn Products Inc.
Birkenweg 4

phone: +41 44 839 21 11
fax: +41 44 830 79 42

website: www.optimus.se
email: outdoor@optimus.se

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4830 Azelia Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55429

phone: (763) 746-3500
toll-free: (800) 755-6701
fax: (763) 746-3540

website: www.optimusstoves.com
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