User Review: Primus EtaExpress
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $97 at Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC)
An excellent stove system which achieves a small footprint in your backpack and promotes lightweight backpacking and mobility. Our scout group has adopted this stove system and uses them extensively in all seasons. We have tested them in summer, fall and spring at camps and proven they work well at 4600ft in the Adirondacks in February winter season.
- All items fit into one small carry bag, so light weight and small footprint is essential
- Excellent for cooking meals with water content
- Piezzo electric start makes this stove so easy to use
- Kit comes with plastic utensils
- Durability - non stick surface
- Cooking meals without water — such as eggs, bacon — are a challenge due to the small frying pan size
- System does not come with a tripod stand, essential for stability when cooking
Our Scout group has adopted the Primus ETA Express system as the mainstay for all of our outdoor activities.
The reasons are:
- Everything (stove, utensils, windshield) all fit inside the 1 liter pot, which then fits into a small carry bag. This provides a small lightweight footprint in our backpack.
- This system is anodized aluminum - which means that it is non-stick — essential for scout youth as they learn to cook meals for themselves. Gone are the days of scrubbing charred food from stainless steel pots!!
Setup: Quick - intuitive
Ignition: Piezzo electric start has worked well for two years in all seasons. Great!!
Cooking: With windshield very quick. Must stir food to avoid burning. Rapid boil time when the lid is placed on the post.
Wind: Love the integrated windshield. Easy to set up and works extremely well
Stability: This stove system would benefit with a wide tripod stand as the stability is totally reliant on the angle of the ground you cook on and the diameter of the gas canister. I use a tripod stand all the time.
Packability: Excellent — small, lightweight. Promotes portability
Construction and durability: Our scout youth are still using these systems after 2 years and a dozen outdoor and weekend camps - including cooking at altitude in the Adirondacks. That speaks to durability!!
Conditions: Winter season — Adirondacks - Mt. Marcy/Algonqion - Vermont - Mt. Washington, hiking in the Appalacian mountains. General weekend camps — winter, fall, summer.
Extreme conditions: Scout youth group use. Nine stoves shared with 18 youth.
Conditions: Our scout group has used these stove systems for almost 2 years.
Crux HE Weekend system. We have this system as well.
Advantage of PRIMUS over CRUX SYSTEM:
- Primus offer the TREK Kettle system.
- Primus stove has the Piezzo electric ignition.
- Primus pot set is larger.