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MSR PocketRocket Deluxe

photo: MSR PocketRocket Deluxe compressed fuel canister stove

As someone who’s perfectly comfortable with a cat stove, I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the PocketRocket Deluxe Stove. But after getting comfortable with its easy-to-use features, I don’t know if I’ll ever look back.


  • The fire starter is awesome when it works.
  • The pot holders pivot, making storage really easy.
  • It’s super fuel efficient.
  • It works well at high elevations.


  • The fire starter doesn’t always work.

MSR Pocket RocketDeluxe

Cooking in the backcountry can transform your experience from a shitty one to a phenomenal one. Whether you’re fending of hypothermia by way of boiling water or you’re hoping to cook some gourmet meals, the PocketRocket Deluxe Stove is a great addition to your setup. This stove takes cooking to the next level by pairing efficiency with packability. Once you use a PocketRocket Deluxe Stove, you’ll never look back. 


Who is MSR? Founded in 1969 by a Seattle mountaineer, Mountain Safety Research was built to improve the safety of outdoor equipment. Larry Penberthy created MSR with the goal of unlocking adventure by the design of reliable equipment. And his innovation can still be seen today in the company’s continuous efforts to improve gear designs. 


PocketRocket Deluxe Stove Highlights:

  • Packable
  • Ultralight
  • Implements simmer control
  • Includes a pressure regulator
  • MSRP: $69.95
  • Weight: 2.9 ounces

Testing Outcomes: I recently took a five-day trip out to Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Camping above 10,000 feet nearly every night, I was so impressed with this stove’s performance. It rained during three of the five nights, but the PocketRocket Deluxe was as reliable as anyone can hope. Out of about 10 times of use, the starter didn’t work for two cook sessions. I don’t think this is an issue that’s specific to the PocketRocket, however. Many stoves that have this feature aren’t entirely reliable, so I’d recommend carrying a lighter regardless of the starter.

Other reviewers gave this stove a 4.6-star rating, raving about its reliability. Earlier generations of the PocketRocket stove were greeted with high reviews. And the Deluxe has made significant improvements on this stove. It’s one of the most popular backpacking stoves for a reason. 


MSR PocketRocket Deluxe with the Pika 1 L Teapot (see that review)


Final Thoughts About the MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove: It’s incredibly easy to boil water quickly with the PocketRocket Deluxe stove. Plus, the clever design is unmatched in its efficiency. Whether you’re looking for a camping stove or an ultralight backpacking stove, this one is sure to leave you fat and happy. 


As a long-distance backpacker, I spend a lot of time cooking in the backcountry. The PocketRocket Deluxe is my first canister stove.

Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (Kept it)

The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

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The PocketRocket Deluxe builds on the classic MSR PocketRocket/PocketRocket 2 stove with the addition of several features, while staying compact and lightweight (2.9 oz/83 g).

An internal pressure regulator helps this enhanced canister stove maintain fast boil times (1 liter of water in three and a half minutes) even when out in cold temperatures or when low on fuel. "We wanted the stove to work well on cold mornings when your canister might be running low on fuel," said Scott Youmans, Category Manager, Combustion and Cook, at MSR.

A broader burner with a wind-blocking burner lip is designed for increased wind resistance, while precision flame adjustment allows you to go from a roaring boil down to simmer control, for an improved cooking experience. The piezo igniter is the most durable one MSR has ever built and lets you light the stove with the push of a button. Stainless steel pot supports fold down for a small package.

The PocketRocket Deluxe canister stove weighs just 0.3 ounces more than the standard PocketRocket while featuring numerous advancements in a compact package. It's best for solo or duo backcountry travelers on three-season adventures who may encounter a wide range of conditions.


Accessories: MSR LowDown Remote Stove Adapter,


Price MSRP: $69.95
Current Retail: $63.69-$84.95
Historic Range: $63.69-$84.95
Fuel isobutane-propane, MSR IsoPro
Boil time for 1 L of water 3.5 minutes
Burn time per 8-oz canister 60 minutes
Water boiled per 1 oz of fuel 2.2 L
Water boiled per 8-oz canister 17 L
Dimensions 1.5 x 2.2 x 3.3 in
Weight 2.9 oz / 83 g
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