User Review: Soto Micro Regulator Stove
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70 + $10 for the windscreen
Burns hotter with a better flame than the PocketRocket. Burns better in colder temps and at altitude than the PocketRocket. Burns with a full flame until the canister is completely empty... no weak flame for the last little remainder of fuel.
- Very light and compact
- Works well in colder temps and at altitude
- Uses up the last little bit of fuel in the canister with a FULL FLAME!
- Can get a real integrated wind screen
- None noticed yet
I've been using the PocketRocket for over 10 years now. I have several other stoves as well, but when I go lightweight I would always use my PocketRocket.
I recently bought the Soto Micro Regulator Stove with the Windscreen. In my opinion it is a much better stove for real world usage.
With the windscreen attached, the wind blocking is far better than the PocketRocket's little "wind clip", and it doubles its usefulness by reflecting heat upwards to the pot as well.
The flame of the Soto is much fuller, and more fully encompases the base of the pot to allow for a more even heating of the pot. This makes for lower boil times in the real world, and if you're simmering, it eliminates the burnt hot spot in the middle.
The Micro Regulator does what it is advertised to do. It makes for better flame in cooler temps, at higher altitudes, and when your canister is almost empty and is losing pressure, it still gives a full flame. With most canister stoves [including the PocketRocket] the flame will get very weak and not boil very well, but when you shake the cansiter, it still seems like there's a little liquid sloshing around in there.
The Soto, with its micro regulator eliminates this. It uses up ALL of the fuel with a FULL FLAME. So there's no tapering off of performance as the canister loses pressure.
I've had this stove for only a few months, but I've taken it on several multi-day trips here in the Canadian Rockies. So far I like this stove WAY better than the PocketRocket. The peizo-igniter is still working, but even if it quits, this stove is still superior.