The Crux Lite packs the power and performance of bigger stoves without all the weight.
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I see a lot of pictures of the Crux Lite...
I see a lot of pictures of the Crux Lite appears as if some people are using the jet boil/isobutane fuel canisters. The specs specify butane, so.. can you use the isobutane canister with this stove?
Yeah you can use any of the mixes that come in the canisters with lindal valves. So the ones from Optimus, MSR, Jetboil, etc. are all good to go.
Backpacking in the chugach with the crux
great, ultralite stove
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is an awesome stove-packs super small and is light. It easily fits in a titanium cup. I will place a lighter in the cup next to it as well as matches as backup.
The arms did oxidize rather easily but it burns off easy enough the next time you use it.
I am completely happy with this thus far-Love MSR stoves as well but if I was to lose or break this-id buy this again.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Love this stove, it brings a whole new culinary aspect to backpacking. I love how compact and lightweight it is. It is also very user friendly.
The lite model does not fold
Had to send back b/c it does not fold and therefore does not fit under the gas cylinder in my pot.
If you don't need a stove that folds flat then I'll bet you will be very happy with this stove as the folding one is excellent.
Smaller packed up than the Jetboil (if using a small canister)
Same size. Using the GSI Outdoor Pinnacle Soloist Cookset
Blown away by this stove. Boiling water, making oatmeal, or whipping up a desert, this stove can handle everything. From boiling to simmering, it's spot on.
My goal this summer was to go ultralight and this stove was an obvious choice for hitting that objective. It packs away in my cookset. It's absurdly light, but it's bomber. And it's a powerful son of a gun! Fires up every time. Haven't had it in sub zero temperatures, but it was completely fine in high 30s low 40s.
Sure, the jetboil can whip up water about 30 seconds faster than the Crux Lite, but the crux gives you much more variety and manageability when you're cooking. Highly recommend it.
Optimus Crux Lite Stove
Optimus Crux Lite Stove
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
very happy with stove and when I bought it here, it was $27 so a great deal. It boils water fast and very stable.
I have used my stove over 60 times out in the elements. It has not failed me once!!! I would for sure recommend this stove to anyone.
This little guy packs a lot of heat! It's small, not made for putting big pots on there but I've done it (very carefully)! It's great because it's small, light, very strong, and super super portable. I put it inside a backpacking mug and toss it in my bag. If you are car camping I'd recommend something bigger, although I always bring it just for coffee while breakfast is cookin!
Does anyone have the folded dimensions of...
Does anyone have the folded dimensions of this stove? Specifically, I'm wondering what the height is, and the diameter when the arms are folded in. Are the specs listed here with arms open or closed, and is it 3.3" tall or diameter?
I'm looking for a stove that will fit inside my GSI Pinnacle Soloist laid on its side in the hollow between the cup and fuel can.
Edit: I've looked at the regular Crux, but would prefer to avoid a potential failure point of the hinge on the burner (though I admit it is pretty trick) and want to keep this purchase as inexpensive as possible.
This stove does not fold at all. It is lighter than the regular Crux that folds though. The difference is a stove that folds into a smaller space versus a simpler stove that weighs less but has a larger packable footprint.
Don't try this at home!
I can't really add anything to what's already been said here about the technical details of the stove- boiling times... weight, etc... It obviously compares well to other, similar stoves, and those reviews offer great reasons to consider buying a Crux Lite. But I do have something unique to offer that a potential buyer may want to consider in addition to the other qualities mentioned...
Last week, I stepped on mine.
I weight well over 200 lbs...
Fortunately, I can report that both stove and owner are doing well, and I am now a fan for life of this stove. It is as strong as they come.
Why does it say that the boil time on this...
Why does it say that the boil time on this stove is 60 min? Also, the weight is the same as the regular Crux Stove according to the backcountry.com stats?
Since it says 3 min to boil a liter, I'd say they mean how long it will run on one gas bottle.
I believe that's correct- I get about an hour per bottle with mine...
Favorite canister stove...
Without question, this is my favorite canister stove. It's light, disperses heat well, extremely compact, has excellent simmering capabilities, and very reasonably priced. I've also owned the MSR Pocket Rocket and in my opinion, there is no comparison. The Crux Lite would have to be the more functional and compact of the two. I expect it will be my go to backpacking stove for years to come.
Small , compact and easy to use . Big burner head disperses heat evenly . Simmers really well .
The only thing I kind of dislike is the stove will blow out easy...not really an issue to me.
I also have the MSR Pocket Rocket but will keep it just in case , I like them both.
Cute little fella
I like this stove a lot, it's a bargain for what it is. Very light and very simple means it's reliable, and um, light. I have used it quite a bit and my only complaint is the valve to control the burner is very sensitive. It's tricky to simmer. If you are looking for a very simple, small and light stove though- this is a great buy. I am very satisfied.
Note: As other reviewers have pointed out- this does NOT fold like the crux. The pot supports fold in as does the burner control, that's it!