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    Optimus couldn't have made dinnertime when camping any easier.

    Make your next backpacking cooking experience a breeze with the super-lightweight Optimus Crux Lite with Terra Solo Cook Set. The Solo includes a 0.6-liter hard-anodized aluminum cookset with frying pan. The Crux Lite has a 3000W burner that boils water fast and won’t spot burn when simmering.
    • Tera Solo 0.6-liter pot is designed for a 110g fuel canister, the stove, and a foldable spork to nest inside (as with most things in life, spork not included)
    • Set includes: Crux stove, 0.6-liter pot, lid that doubles as a fry pan, mesh storage bag, and neoprene sleeve for on-trail storage
    • Item #OPS0012

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [burner] steel, [pot] anodized aluminum
    Dimensions
    [stove] 2.8 x 2.2 in, [pot] 4.8 x 4.1 in
    Fuel Type
    butane
    Burn Time
    60 min
    Boil Time
    1 min 3 min
    Simmer
    yes
    Auto Ignition
    no
    Windscreen
    no
    Heat Reflector
    no
    Parts Kit
    no
    Cleaning Tool
    no
    Fuel Bottle or Canister Included
    no
    Stuff Sack
    yes
    Hard Case
    no
    Claimed Weight
    [stove] 2.54 oz, [cookset] 5.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping, car camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Just right for 1

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

    When I first opened the box I thought this is way too small, but decided to give it a try. I've only taken it on one trip so far... a three day trip in desert canyon. It was perfect. I pre made my food in the 1 quart zip lock bags. I would boil the water, dump it directly into the bag and then put the bag into the pot. I could then fold the top of the bag over the sides of the pot. When done eating I could roll up the bag and had no clean up. It's light and compact if you use the smaller fuel canisters. I suppose if you were cooking for more than yourself you might want something bigger. The only complaint I have is the valve closes itself after lighting. It's weird how it happens. You crank it up to boil your water and just as you look away the flame goes way down. Nothing a quick turn can't fix, just a little annoying.

    Nice set

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a nice cook set for the price.
    The lid handle locks in place. Pot handles fold out and are sturdy. Inside of pot has mesurments so you know how much you are putting in. Pot has a little notch to help with pouring. I cover a small tank with a paper towel and slide it inside the pot. Place the crux on top of that and the lid fits nicely on top. Nice and compact. Clean up is fairly easy. Made powdered eggs. They did stick as you would expect. But wasn't hard to clean off. After a year of use pot still looks like new with no staining or burn marks. Handles also stay nice and cool thanks to the green rubber covering on the handles. I have no complaints about the stove. Heats up fine..pots fits nicely. I would recommend a tank stand.

    Great solo cook set!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had my cook set for about 4 years and still love it. It's a bit difficult to fine tune the temperature. But I mostly use it to boil water for dehydrated meals or to make tea in the mornings. The frying pan is very small. It's probably large enough to fry an egg...and it definitely makes a better lid than anything else. The pot is perfect for drinks/oatmeal. I've used the stove in Colorado at high elevations (10,000 ft) and low temperatures (20 degrees) and have not experienced any issues. I love how the stove, fuel, and cookset can nest inside each other. Easy to pack and easy to use!

    Nice little stove

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This stove does what it says it does, if more slowly than I'd like. I bought this thinking I was getting the 'Optimus Crux Stove with Terra Weekend HE Cook Set' that my buddy has. We put them side by side to heat up some water for our mountain house (at 5800 ft, temperature in the low 20s) and, while we both ate some tasty chow, he ate about 5 minutes before I did.

    As a stove it gets the job done and works well. It packs up small and is fairly easy to clean. Really, my only complaint is that it cooks more slowly than it's big brother and uses more fuel for the same thing as a result.

    Little guy has bark and bite!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great stove. So light so tiny, my wife kept talking about "how cute" it is. I could care less, but sure thought it was efficient. The two pots are the RAD-NESS! Easy to handle, easy to pour with into say a freeze dried meal. Its the perfect size to put your fuel into too when you're done so you have one light compact unit in your pack. Seems to boil water FAST, the pots have those funky bottoms to allow more surface area for fast boiling = gangster.

    Killer backpacking stove

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This little stove rocks. If you are looking for a solid cook system that is light, efficient, and compact look no further. Everything, including fuel, can be packed into the pot and pan container system. The stove itself fits in a little neoprene pouch that fits in the underside of the fuel canister, then you slide the fuel in the pot and cover it with the pan, throw it in it's mesh bag and your ready to go. At 10,500 feet at 72 degrees this stove boils 550 mL of water in 48 seconds. This stove works great for boiling water, haven't tried 'cooking' anything in it. I feel that it is too hot for that.

    This thing is tiny!

      This is so much smaller than I thought it would be. It's great. It seems really durable. The only downside is that the pot and the pan do not clamp together. It must be stored in the neoprene sleeve to be effective. It's not a big deal, just a small detail. It's awesome that everything can be fit in the pot and pan. If you are thinking about buying the Crux lite stove, you might as well get this whole set. It works together so nicely that it's worth the extra money.

      Optimus Crux Lite with Terra System

      Love this stove!

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

      This is a great little stove! I haven't used it much, but it's small, easy to light, and the cookset that goes with it is really cool. I store a four ounce canister of gas, the stove, a small fork, and a P-38 military can opener in the clamshell/cookset with plenty of room left. Used it today to cook some beans while I was out messing around in the mountains with my bros.

      Love this stove!

      Optimus Crux Lite

        This is a well made stove and I like that the a small can of fuel, and stove will fit inside of the cook set. It comes with a bag for the stove that will protect the finish inside of the cook set. They also provied a mess cookset bag for the cup and pan.
        My only complaint was it was not made in Sweden as I thought.

        Update I used this stove kit on a long hike at 6000 ft. I was perfect for my needs, light easy to light. It did not blow out in the wind. I was able to boil water for coffee and Mt House foods in just a few minutes. The top lid was a good fit for drinking coffee. I first thought the pot to small but I was wrong, they can hold two small cans of fuel or one can and the heater. I like it better than the Alchol stoves I used for years.

        Great cook set

          I love this little set. The stove seems to conserve fuel fairly well and I like how it all packs down into itself. Works great backpacking for my boyfriend and I. We primarily rely on freeze-dry pouches and its the perfect size to boil enough water for a two person pouch. Heats up really quick and I like how it cools down fast, so we can cook up lunch quick and get moving again.

          Nice starter set, small

            Really nice set for what it is. Fairly small in all aspects though - relating directly to it's amazing weight, [stove] 2.54 oz; [cookset] 5.6 oz. Boils small amounts of water fairly fast, within ten minutes, and is very solid in regards to stability. Only issue is that the cookset pieces are a little small - but that's exactly what i ordered so can't complain there.

            Before chatting in make sure to check the description and specs to ensure you can answer your own questions - always my policy. If you can't find the answers there or on google, be sure to chat on in - they're super helpful!

            Pretty good solo cookset

              Not bad! The cookset works about perfectly for one person in the summer months. I prefer a 1.2L + in the winter for numerous reasons. I like the durability of this cookset, it's really solid and still doesn't weigh much. A jetboil 100g canister fits inside the pot along with the stove, an optimus ti folding spork, lighter, and a rag!

              The stove- Not bad. Light, durable, simple and HOT. My only complaint is the burner control is super touchy and doesn't simmer very well.

              wher do i buy the gas canisters? I want...

              wher do i buy the gas canisters? I want the one that fits in the boiling pot?

              Amazon has the Optimus Crux cooking set...

              Amazon has the Optimus Crux cooking set for $50, can you price match?

              Item # OPS0012

              I'm interested in this set. How easy are...

              I'm interested in this set. How easy are the posts to clean? I know it's aluminum but doesn't say anything about non stick.

              Best Answer

              They're not too hard to clean. No, they're not non-stick. Subjectively, you have to consider in that what it is you're cooking and whether you're letting the food residue dry up before washing or if you've burned the food. Most of the time it's an easy wipe out after cooking, but a little scrubby sponge in your kit and a little hot water will go a long way in cleaning up any pots and pans that anyone makes. This is a nice little lightweight set, but it's definitely a solo deal. The top makes a much better lid than it does a frying pan though.

              I bought this set and love it for myself,...

              I bought this set and love it for myself, but when my wife and I camp, its a bit small. Does anyone know of a single large tall cup or pot that this set would nest into or fit inside of (maybe 900ml or 1.5'ish?) so that it won't take up too much more space but will allow me a larger option for boiling more water? Thanks!

              Can the stove and the fuel fit inside the...

              Can the stove and the fuel fit inside the pot?

              I am looking at purchasing my first cook...

              I am looking at purchasing my first cook set. I am torn between the Jetboil GCS and the Optimus Crux Terra Weekend HE. I will be cooking for 1-3 people at a given time. Which would you suggest? Is there another stove that would be even better for a first time buy than these two? I appreciate your input. Thanks.

              Best Answer

              This is a pretty nice set for the price/ weight.... I have the pot, but not the stove. If you're wanting to cook for more than one person, it's gonna be kind of time consuming. If ya got the time, it's no problem. You might want to look into the GSI Halulite Microdualist cook set for more than one person. No stove, but excellent pot set. Hope this helps.

              Here is the link to the microdualist: http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/GSI-Outdoors-Halulite-Microdualist-Cookset/GSI0160M.html

              T- If you're going to be cooking for 2-3 people I'd recommend the Jetboil GCS over this. I have both systems and one thing I love about the GCS when cooking for 2-3 people is that you have more width in the pot than you do with the Optimus pot. I know it may not seem like a huge deal but it makes preparing meals much easier. I keep looking for something lighter than the GCS but has the same size and I just can't find a replacement for it. Even though it weighs more I'd take the GCS over anything else. Hope this helps!

              I have this cookset (stove too) and would not suggest cooking for more than one person with it. I have cooked for two before and although it isn't the end of the world, after a long day you just want to eat your damn food! I purchased the following cookset off SAC for a bargain, but even at $47 or whatever, not bad:
              http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-titanium-cookset-1650ml
              I would suggest something that size if you'll be cooking for two. I also tend to use the larger cookset solo in the winter, it makes melting snow easier and allows more hot water for tea, bottles, food, etc. I love the terra solo, but the name kind of says it all, hope that helped.

              Happy Ts!