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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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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?

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How much do the fuel canisters cost?

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Alf,

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.

Scooter

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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.

http://www.cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/stove-accessories/msr-isopro/product?

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?

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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!

5 5

light weight, compact, and dope!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What more could you ask of a stove? This is a perfect choice from car camping to epic backpacking adventures. Its small and well protected in its case which helps you keep your gear safe and organized. Plus the stove is significantly lighter not having a built in wind protector. Even if it is windy just bring a little bit of tinfoil to protect your flame. With that, this is more light weight than a stove that comes with the wind protector. Bottom line, I love this stove, you should buy it.

light weight, compact, and dope!

Is the case included?

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Is the case included?

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I bought mine a few years ago at a local store and it came with the case. I'd assume this does as well.

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Hey Keep426840,
Yes the case is included and is very convenient. I would recommend it!

5 5

Badass Stove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's so simple! I love that because I can tell friends/clients who are unfamiliar with it how to fire it up and they get it immediately every time: screw it in, lighter flick, and twist the nob.
Not great in high winds, but that's not really what it's made for. Boils water well and, despite being marketed otherwise, can cook soups/pancakes and whatnot relatively well too. So light! I've used this thing everywhere since purchasing in the summer of 2010: Arches, Colorado summit bids, RMNP, Arkansas, car camping, winter, summer, you name it. Very happy and would buy again.

5 5

Simplicity at it's Best!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this stove as a spring-fall stove for quite a few years now & I wouldn't change a thing about it! It looks just like it did the day I bought it besides a little discoloration. It is made well, super simple, & gets the job done... what more do you need!?

4 5

Great for Budget Backpackers!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this back when I was in college (2004, give or take?), and it's still boiling water just as well today. Recently I've switched to a home-brewed alcohol stove (the stove was homebrewed, not the booze it burns), but the Pocket Rocket is still my backup or a second burner for car camping.

The Good:
--Boils water really fast, even in the wind.
--Uses threaded isobutane canisters available at pretty much any outdoors store
--Light and compact; fits inside my 750ml mug with room to spare.
--Extremely reliable, even after dumping a pot on top of it.

The Bad:
--Not the most stable thing in the world. An extra base under the fuel canister helps, but my pots are always more tippy on top of the supports than on other stoves I've used.
--The simmer isn't really a simmer; the burner head is too focused for that, really.

My backcountry meals usually involve just boiling water and this does it admirably. Factor in the price, weight, lifetime warranty, and well above average efficiency, and this is a no-brainer for anyone on a budget who likes hot food miles away from their car. I do wish the pot supports were a bit wider, as previously stated.

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Have you tried MSR's stove stabilizer? It does a pretty good job if stabilizing canister stoves.

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I have one, and it works great to stabilize the stove itself. My issues were more with the three arms that hold the pot itself; even with the Stove Support, things are still pretty tippy up top.

5 5

Great lightweight stove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used on AT as well as family camping. Great for boiling water and for cooking single pot meals.

5 5

Don't End Up in a Drum Circle

When your camping stove has too many buttons and switches, you get confused and can't cook dinner. When you can't cook dinner, you starve and when you starve you get desperate. When you're desperate in the woods, you find a road and hitchhike. When you hitchhike, you get picked up by a van full of smelly hippies. And when you get picked up by a van full of smelly hippies, you end up in a drum circle. Don?t end up in a drum circle. Buy the MSR Pocket Rocket.

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Is that a true story?

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Thankfully no, just a vaguely tangible hypothetical. I'd rather starve ;)

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Ha thanks, I try and make them interesting if I can help it - hit up my profile and check out my other reviews if you're ever cruisin' the site!

4 5

Nifty little thing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this thing in Shenandoah while on some trails. It got down into the low 30's and it still boiled water pretty quick and I was able to get some oatmeal made. You can adjust the flame without taking your gloves off, which was very useful. You can bring it down to a simmer and what not. I was impressed with how well it stood up to wind and how stable it was for being so small. To make it boil water even quicker while in windy conditions, it doesn't hurt to have something to block wind, but it's not needed.

5 5

Great basic stove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a reliable canister stove that you can't go wrong with. It is great for light weight backpacking when you don't have any big dinner plans. It burns pretty hot and boils water quickly. If you want to do more cooking this isn't the stove for you though. This is my go to stove on solo trips

3 5

Great, no-frills stove for the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stove just gets the job done. I debated getting the dual fuel but decided it wasn't worth the cost. You need to try to get it level because it's not the most stable design--especially compared to the WhisperLite and some of the competitors. But it's a great stove for the price.

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