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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

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 minimalist stove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, there are people who should probably look for a different stove:

-winter mountaineers looking to melt massive amounts of snow

-expedition leaders cooking gourmet meals for huge groups

-ultralight cult members who prefer to cook with twigs or eat cold ramen every day

-people who don't like nice things

For the rest of us, this is the perfect stove. I mostly use this stove to heat up water in a backpacking kettle for dehydrated meals. This stove does just that easily and quickly. The platform for setting your cookware isn't very big, but you can fix that by choosing a good cooking location with solid ground underneath. And it's not like you're hauling a dutch oven out into the woods, right? For ordinary backpackers with minimalist cookware, this is works really well. The heat output is great. You can adjust it well enough, and simmering is possible.

Unless I'm melting snow, I take the Pocket Rocket with me instead of my old Whisperlite. There is no comparison when it comes to convenience, light weight, and compact size.

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.
800.409.4502 ext 4055

4 5

Does its job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What a great stove. I have had one since boy scouts, and even now that I'm 25, it works great! not the world's most efficient stove, but it boils water and does everything that is needed of it. my one problem with it is that the "range" part of the stove is so small it tends to burn really hot in a small area. If I hadn't misplaced it, I would never have bought another stove. For cold weather use, keep the canister in your sleeping bag or near your person in your bag for best results.

5 5

Perfect Stove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a god-send. Weights relatively nothing, small, but fierce. Warms a liter of water in just a couple minutes. Have used at altitude with success ~10K. Does well even in moderate wind. Simple to use, durable for its weight.

How much do the fuel canisters cost?

How much do the fuel canisters cost?

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The MSR IsoPro canisters vary in price range from $15 for the 4 oz. to $35 for the 8 oz. You'll love the Pocket Rocket's light weight and heating capabilities with the IsoPro fuel. Been using this stove for over 4 years and have no complaints. Backcountry doesn't sell the fuel canisters due to shipping restrictions.


Best Answer Responded on

I hope Scooter is paying for multi-packs! I buy 4 oz canisters for 4-6 bucks at local retailers, due to the hassle of shipping fuel. If non-MSR canisters are cheaper, most are compatible, although it will void your warranty, and some people will tell you it can be dangerous. You can get canisters really cheap if you buy a case at a time (a case of 24 for ~$3 ea) depending on where you buy.
For your convenience, here is the link to MSR's website for the canisters. You can buy 4, 8, or 16 oz canisters, and there is a dealer locator so you can see where to buy fuel at your destination.

5 5

Recommended to military

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I primarily used this stove during my field exercises and deployment in Afghanistan.

During our field exercises especially early mornings you need to shave. Well there isn't hot water around. So this stove made my cold damp mornings in Germany feel like at home. Nice hot shave using my military issue 1QT canteen cup. Especially you haven't had a hot shower for couple weeks or 30 days. Not to mention if you don't want MRE's for lunch or dinner, well break out the Ramen noodles and cook some up within minutes. It's fast, easy and small(fits in my cargo pocket or assault pack).

It has an awesome hard plastic container to protect it. The standard gas tank it takes is universal so if you live in Europe any outdoor store or market will carry the same type of tank.

I would recommend this to military personal or you just loves the outdoors. * It's not recommended using during night while on OP's especially with nvg's :)

does this come with any kind of pot?

does this come with any kind of pot?

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The Pocket Rocket comes with neither cookware nor gas canister. All you are paying for when you purchase this stove is simply that: the stove.
Hope this helps.

5 5

Compact, Light weight and pretty rad!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I enjoy this handy stove! Its small, fast and easy! I've taken it on week long camping trips in the desert and also the short weekend horse back riding trips.

I love how light it is and easy to set up. Just twist it on your fuel canister and your ready to go.

As long as you have good balancing skills then its a great piece of equipment to throw in your pack. I've cooked dinner. breakfast and even boil hot water for coffee with this bad boy!

The case that it slides into is a bonus too! Don't have to worry about it poking holes in my pack. lid stays on as well!