User Review: Optimus Hiker+
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Unknown
I was in the US Army Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division from 1980-1987. During that time I carried an Optimus Hiker that I bought in 1980. I don't know if it was called a Hiker then. It was recommended by an older Special Forces soldier who carried his in many far off places to include Thailand and Korea.
I carried mine in Korea, Panama, Sinai Desert Egypt, Grenada, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Honduras. In mountains, desert, swamps etc. When I left the Army I continued carrying it on back packing trips in Colorado where I fed my brother and nephew with it and in the Sierra Nevadas. It has cooked for an entire 12 man Special Forces Team for weeks. It always worked. I used as an additional stove when I went camping with my family and friends. It finally died in 2006 in Iraq.
- Always worked!!!!!!
- Worked at altitude and in cold
- Worked in snow
- Uses multiple fuels so it can be used in other countries without worrying about refueling
- Worked everywhere always!!!!
- Weight at 3.4 pounds empty then fuel and fuel bottle
I bought this in 1980 when I was in the Army. I carried and parachuted it in with me wherever I went. It always worked. I cooked for the entire team with it for a week. The tank seemed burn forever on high. It lasted 25 years before it died. It was easy to set up and light. Flame control was good====from simmer to flame thrower and anything in between. It is large a relatively heavy but I bought as a team/group stove and for its multi fuel capability.
We were usually in "denied" areas where resupply came from the sky so we had to use available fuels. In many parts of the world that is diesel or jp4 or mogas. It always burned and gave us hot food and tea.
Its construction is bullet proof. I parachuted this in all over the world. I have operated in the deserts and mountains of the middle east, the swamps and marshes of North Carolina, mountains of Honduras, in snowstorms in the mountains of North Carolina, and the tropical environments of the Caribbean. It worked always everywhere. I never once rebuilt it, cleaned it, or even lubricated the pump in 25 years.
Six and a half star out of five!
I rated this as a 5 star because that is all the stars there were. NOT THREE STARS