User Review: Optimus Hiker+
I have read all the reviews of this product and found agreement with a few. I would not call this a backpacker type of stove in this era. By backpacker I mean someone that is on the move everyday through any environment carrying light. The modern stoves as small as a pack of cirgarettes are more practical. But this stove still has its place.
As a hunter going back to his camp site, cabin, or hut this fits perfectly. I have used it in a blind. I for one don't like carrying around a lot of equipment daily. It is not all that heavy and if you want to tote it around, it is not a real bother.
I have never had a problem with my stoves, I always check them out thourghly before any trip. I have found as others trash in the tank and as well in the burner stem. I purchased a so called unuseable one off eBay. The seller could not get it to work. I noticed instantly that trash was inside the tank and I suspected it was in the line as well. Cleaned it properly with alcohol, and all was well with it.
Alcohol is a much more prefered way to clean flux, it disolves it not just removig loose particles. I have also found that if the cap is not on correctly it will not prime, as well, keep a keen eye out for pump problems, and a few other problem areas.
A friend I met one time trying to get one to work, had a problem with the pump as well. Why the quality control has not been better on such a wonderfull stove I dont know.
That said it is hard to fault this stove. Heats very well, strong performance. I do not believe it is good to use anything for fuel in it other than white gas," Coleman fuel." I have found it works best and with less problems.
Now I admit that I have not used this stove in high levels over 2000 feet. But if this stove is gone through carefully, its a great base or group stove. The heat output seems to be about the same as the Coleman stove that sets atop a green propane bottle. Which is a nice stove but much more bulky than the Hiker.
I have even taken this stove on fishing trips, picnics to heat with, hunting, and many other uses in my garage when I used it to heat music wire to bend to make a stand for another stove.
The only improvement other than quality control, I would like to see a little more control with the burner. This is my opinion and if you know any other improvements contact me. Thanks.