User Review: Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium
Price Paid: gift ($60 otherwise)
We just got one of these for a wedding gift and love it! This is comparable to the Pocket Rocket (though 1 oz lighter- but who's counting, right?). We have a Whisperlite as well, but thought we'd get a canister stove for summer camping. I read up on stoves before we added this to our registry and found pretty positive reviews.
We've used a friend's PR and liked how easy it was to use (all canister stoves are pretty easy, for that matter) but found that it got to be pretty unstable with a full pot of water on it. The thing is so light and the fold-out arms make the pot-to-stove contact area large (and thus more stable).
I can fit the canister and stove in my cook kit now, which I couldn't do before with my WhisperLite. I'm not entirely sure, but I think it's shorter than the PR, too, which would offer more stability. The spread of the flame is much wider than the PR as well which increases boil time, too. I forgot to time how long it took 1 L of water to boil- sorry.
The downside to this (and all stoves, really) is that any wind just kills your boil time. However, the set-up is too tall for the windscreen that came with the WhisperLite to work effectively.