User Review: Optimus Svea
Price Paid: $85
The recent post inspired me to add my thoughts.
The SVEA 123R is the most reliable piece of hiking gear I own.
I wanted a single stove for year round use. For me, in New England, that means down to -20 deg F.
There are trade-offs:
- it is heavier than most
- it is nosy
- you need to learn how to prime it
- you need to bring an additional fuel bottle
for longer trips
- you need a gentle hand to make it simmer
When you need a warm drink or a hot meal, you know this stove will light.
This is the only backpacking stove I will ever use.