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Minimalist, lightweight camping adventures call for MSR's PocketRocket Stove.

The MSR 3-ounce PocketRocket defines ultralight for all you gram-counting backpackers. Its compact stature does not eliminate functional controls, as there is no preheating, priming, or pressurizing required. Just twist the glove-friendly control valve and light. The PocketRocket stove quickly delivers a steady, hot flame that backcountry chefs can adjust to a simmer or boil without taking off their mitts. It excels on any trip where low weight and a hot meal are optimal; fast-and-light climbs and multiday ascents included.

  • Compact size allows this stove to fit inside the MSR Insulated Mug (sold separately)
  • Reinforced pot supports provide superior stability over similar compact stove designs
  • Focused burner head pushes a strong, consistent flame that resists interference from wind
  • Note: freezing temps can reduce the performance of a canister stoves, so you may want to go with a liquid fuel stove for wintertime trips
  • Note: fuel canister sold separately

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5 5

Fast & Easy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this thing for backpacking trips - I use the whisperlite for car camping, but the pocket rocket is better for when I'm watching my weight. :)

5 5

perfect little stove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

great little stove for backpacking! its super light, compact, and works every time!

5 5

Easy and Tiny

I've only used a whisperlite MSR before and honestly found it a bit more complicated and the bag not reliable for protecting the stove. This is so tiny, comes in a tiny hard plastic box and works beautifully. I highly recommend this. Used out in Desolation Wilderness on a backpacking trip with light wind. Had zero problems. Worked like a dream.

5 5

Tried and true

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The MSR Pocket Rocket Stove is fantastic. I have had it for ten years and used it hundreds of times. It always works, is super light weight, super small, and has decent cook temperature settings. The stove does not do well when air temperatures drop much below freezing, but that is the case with all such canister stoves. If you are on a budget, and do not need a specialized stove, purchasing this one is a no brainer.

Tried and true
5 5

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this little guy. He's great for backpacking and camping, although if you're trying to make some big time meal, maybe get a 2 burner camping stove. I bought a little cup/bowl that I can heat my food in, and eat straight from that, and it sits perfectly on this - although I do use larger pots that fit as well. You do have to be careful of balance - keep it away from anywhere that it may get kicked/knocked over - and if it's windy, try to create a shield (duh). I've had this now for about 4 years and it's been great to me. Packs light and small, real easy to set up.

5 5

Look no further

Light, fast, and efficient. At $40 what more could you ask for? I guess its not the best for gourmet cooking, but for boiling water for oatmeal or dehydrated foods this is as good as it gets. No priming or messing around like liquid stoves, just a cannister and a fast meal. Boil times are excellent too. Pick up a cannister stand because it can be a little unstable on uneven ground. You will absolutely not regret getting one of these.

4 5

My favorite stove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The MSR pocket rocket is what I imagine when someone says "backpacking stove." It's a quality piece of gear made by a trustworthy manufacturer. Its wonderfully simplistic and priced fairly. The price as well as its size make something you could buy two of without any guilt. If you're one who likes to push a little farther down the trail before setting up camp you'll appreciate it. Assembly stops once it's screwed on to your fuel canister. Minimal amount of plumbing assures it will likely never foul on you in the field. Ultimately the name says it all, if you just can't get your mind around a bulky cook system this is the stove for you.

5 5

one of the best stoves out here!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

love this little rocket engine! burns clean and consistently unlike most stoves. cant be beat for the price really.

5 5

Light and does the job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Using it for a year now and it does a great job. No complains.
Hope MSR would have a same model with piezo built in.

5 5

Jet engine! 2 min boil.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've waited 2 years to write this review so I would have ample time to put it through the wringer. This is a great product. Although it's small it's diameter is actually bigger than most models. The non- slip teeth hold the pots as well as something as small a soup can.
It sounds ferocious when you turn up the flame. MSR should patent the sound because it's BA. Really does boil 8-12oz in 2 min.
Has not lost any of it's tension so the arms don't flop around.
My brother bought a rip-off on the internet. We put the same amount of water on each and started them simultaneously. I had already boiled my water, mixed my hot cocoa and finished it before his first bubble broke surface in his pot.
It's really light, compact. Can't go wrong.
My only beef is that it doesn't have a piezo starter!!!
I had to pack a mini- bic lighter in its case to light it. I then bought a mini MSR piezo stick that I slide into the container with the rocket. It would have been easier to integrate it into the model.
I hope a similar model comes out with the piezo built in.

5 5

Simple & reliable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Simple & reliable

ive bean using this lil guy for 4-5 years now, its small simple and reliable. I love that it fits into it little plastic case and I dont have to worry about it getting broken or snagging and of the gear in my pack. simply unfold screw it on your tank and your boiling. im temped with these new all in one systems and ill probubly get one at some point but it'd hard to switch from something thats so dependable...

5 5

Essential Piece of Gear

Ive used this stove for five years on everything from month long backpacking trips to car camping to picnics. I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that this piece of gear does its job perfectly day in, day out, for years. Its light, durable, and easy to use.

The ONLY downside to this is its dependency on disposable gas canisters. Those things are awkward shapes and not ideal for ultra light packers. Not really my thing so I dont mind, but something to consider.

5 5

For the money this can't be beat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The MSR Pocket Rocket is lightweight, small and super reliable. No it doesn't have the fancy ignition switch but a lighter or matches are really not that hard to use to get it lit.

You can buy the fuel canisters at any sporting goods store for $5-8. This stove uses IsoButane and not propane.

Expect your water to boil in about 2-3 mins with this bad boy. It's a little longer than a Jetboil but you still get about 10 books per fuel canister which is great for a multi-day trip like the Trans-Catalina Trail.

See my full review at:

For the money this can't be beat
5 5

150 five star reviews can't be wrong...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

150 five star reviews can't be wrong - and they aren't. I just bought my second. No, the first one did not die on me, but I use these so much I just need one to have in my car at all times. Just recognize this is really a one (or two) person stove and not meant to be used for serving up group meals. The stove itself is awesome - compact and gives a hot flame that quickly boils a couple of cups of water. I use it everywhere. It will serve all your purposes on a minimal gear trip. On bigger trips where gear is not a problem, its great for the early riser to have a pocket rocket to whip up a quick cup of tea or coffee before the gang gets up. I think it is the most convenient stove out there. the simple design makes it essentially maintenance free, IMO. On top of that it's really cool! The only thing I don't like is the use of non-refillable gas cartridges. But the convenience outweighs that.

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I agree Patrick- i love this little stove! light, compact, simple, dependable and convenient for all uses. and yes- even on raft trips with a big group kitchen this stove (nested in a MSR Ti kettle) is an essential component of my personal coffee kit.

5 5

Great little burner

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Used it a few times, and I love the tiny size, easy use, and simple design.

5 5

Water Boiler

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan of the MSR Pocket Rocket. I've had mine for a few years now and love it since it's so small and packs down to be incredibly portable.

My biggest dislike is that it is for a canister stove and you can never tell the exact amount of fuel still in the canister (MSR did just come out with a way to figure out an approximation for fuel levels on their MSR canisters but it's on the new canisters only).

When in the backcountry my goal is never to make delicious food, really its just to be able to boil some water and get calories. So this suites my needs perfectly since the flame adjustment isn't amazing. It's not bad, just for some, the level of adjustability won't be what they need if they're looking to simmer or do some proper cooking.

I've used this in the winter down around -15 F. For that we kept the canisters on our person to keep them warm so the fuel would flow and draw properly.

This is a must have for any backpackers (beginner or super experienced) since it weights next to nothing and is so portable.

Jared D.
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