User Review: Optimus Hiker+
Price Paid: $145
I felt compelled to seek out and provide a review on Optimus Hiker stove after my recent experience with a brand new unit failed in the first weekend out on a two week hunting expedition in the middle of Montana.
Snowing, blowing 40 MPH and 27 degrees. Arrived in camp cold and wet after a 12 hr hunt.
I expected a hot cup of soup and coffee to fend off the chill....
I purchased this stove new from Ebay for this trip. I'll preface by saying I've owned Primus/ Optimus before and know the maintenance requirements.
I primed the stove and it started as expected. It took off albeit without the blow-torch effect I was expecting. Just prior to boil point the stove abruptly stopped and pressure was venting from the tank via fill cap. Stove would never relight there after.
Pump was also inoperable even after lubing the leather seal.
What a disappointment, a waste of $150 and a danger to life when you expect and need something hot and your stove of venerable design will not function.
Too much attention made to making it "look" cool and not enough attention towards keeping the venerable quality.
Disappointed and mildly hypothermic Montana hunter
Recommendation - Don't buy