User Review: Optimus Crux Lite
Price Paid: $34.95
I thought I would throw my hat in the ring and review this stove since it does not have one yet. Being 16 I'm not a real gear head like my dad (my hiking partner) is. But, since I like cooking and have been creating my own trail cooking website, I do play around with the various stoves, posts, windscreens and other assorted items.
We bought this stove as a replacement to one of our MSR Pocket Rockets. We were tired of the jet blast flame and unstable pot supports of the Pocket Rocket and recently bought 3 different models to play around with, including the Crux Lite.
The Optimus Crux Lite is different than the Crux in that it does not fold over like the Crux, but it is still small enough to fit in most of my pots for packing.
I really like how the Crux Lite has a wider flame pattern. The wider flame pattern I think helps when doing real cooking. My largest gripe about the stove is the flame adjustment. It is very touchy.
I have been in the past that the stove is "optimized" for regular butane/propane canisters instead of Isobutane. We found either canister made no difference with regard to the flame adjustment. Still, with a little practice and a light hand, you can get it adjusted for simmering and be able to do so every time you use it. It's just touchy at first and you have to get used to it.
The pot stand arms look small but they grip our pots and frying pan very well.
Overall, very happy with the stove but because of the flame adjustment, giving it only 4 stars.