Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System


Weight 9.7 oz / 275 g
Dimensions 4.9 x 6.5 in / 12.4 x 16.5 cm
Output 10200 BTU



Hot water fast with the heat-exchange system on the…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35


Hot water fast with the heat-exchange system on the bottom pot.


  • Boils fast!
  • Cleanup is easy.


  • A little bit on the bulky side.
  • Would prefer a pot lid as opposed to a second smaller pot.

What do you get? Crux stove, 0.95-liter Heat Exchange pot, a smaller "fry pan" that doubles as a top for the larger pot, mesh storage bag, and neoprene sleeve for the foldable stove component. Everything stores into the mesh bag. It's a little bulky with the smaller pan, but still a very light system.

The stove itself connects to most any fuel canister and lights up easily. The pot sits atop the foldable stove brackets and remains pretty stable while cooking. Pot handles have a rubberized coating on them that helps with handling while cooking. Just remember to pull out the handles rather than leave them snug up against the pot. The rubber coating can begin to feel a little loose if heated.

Hiker friends asked to borrow my stove over the Jetboil (what?) and they loved it. Great kitchen piece.


Thanks for the review, Phoenician. Looks like a nice setup.

3 years ago

Great backpacking stove/pot combo. Stove: Folds flat…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89


Great backpacking stove/pot combo.


  • 8 oz fuel canister and stove fit inside pot


  • No built-in ignitor
  • Slightly larger than others

Stove: Folds flat due to spring loaded mechanism on shaft. This piece is plastic and seems durable for now. Flame control easily adjustable.  

Pot/pan: Pot has heat exchange fins built in which (in theory) increases heat transfer efficiency. Also has spring loaded collapsible handle. .95L capacity. Pan doubles as lid.  

Used this stove once on the porch so far. First time setup 3 minutes.  .6L of tap water to full boil in 1 min 40 secs.

Stove has neoprene sleeve which then wraps around fuel canister. Stove and 8 oz fuel canister fit inside pot, pan goes on top and then everything fits insides the drawstring bag.

First impression: Great stove, durable, would buy again and recommend.

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