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Four seasons of cooking from a canister stove? It's true.

Cold weather can turn a canister stove into a sputtering heap, but not the Optimus Vega Stove. This backpacking stove packs a four-season function that allows you to invert your gas fuel cartridge so it delivers liquid fuel. Liquid fuel helps the Vega burn with more power and greater efficiency so you can keep cooking and actually reduce your cooking time. The Vega is lightweight and compact enough for your summer backpacking bag, and capable enough to earn a spot in your winter camping kit.

  • High-output burner head offers consistent, even heat so you can cook on a pan, boil water in a pot, or melt snow in a pinch
  • Wire fuel-control handle gives you fine burner control so you can set the burner to simmer without burning your food
  • Stove links to gas cartridge by hose so the stove sits lower to the ground for added safety and stability
  • Hose valve interface has integrated support legs so you can invert a gas cartridge for maximum cartridge life and to keep it off the ground
  • Integrated four-season mode allows you to cook with liquid gas so you can reduce cooking time in cold conditions
  • Gas mode function is aided by a preheating tube that maximizes the effectiveness of liquid fuel
  • Windshield adjust to two sizes to accommodate pots of different sizes
  • Stove includes stove bag and aluminum windshield

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1 5

Terrible stove

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this stove last year and it almost started a forest fire, the regulator would not work right, the distributor exchanged it for another one, worked great in the garage, then took it out hunting was gonna boil some water and the stove would not work at all, regulator would not allow gas to flow, the gas spurted out of the canister, I took it back immediately and exchanged it for a jetboil, would not have been good if I was relying on this stove in the backcountry!

4 5

Low and Slow..

Low and Slow is what I was going for when I purchased this stove. I have an Optimus Crux stove and know they are a stove head you can simmer with. I also wanted to get a stove that was as low to the ground as possible and had a wide base for stability reasons.

I had a chance to Fondue this last weekend at our local Winery. Once the water gets boiling in the double boiler set up you want a stove that can be reduced down to a very low flame. You don't want steam and boiling bubbles shooting out all over the place. I didn't see any issues with the stove at all except for the fact I had it in the center of the blanket and set it on a cutting board to protect the blanket from any sort of heat because the stove is very low to the ground. I will most likely make a stove base for it so it can be mounted more securely.

It is a great little stove that can pack into the Snow Peak 1400 along with their Ti nesting bowls along with a fuel canister.

I am glad I got one and looking forward to using it this winter when we go on some adventures.

Great wind guard

Great wind guard

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This stove has an included aluminum wind guard that helps keep the heat going where it needs too! Also folds up nice and small to fit inside the nylon carry case!

Stove folds up very small

Stove folds up very small

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Folding legs allow for very small storage and yet the ability to use an 8+ inch pan for cooking up your feast!

Super Portable!

Super Portable!

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I love how small you can pack this stove! It comes with a durable nylon carry case that fits your stove and a great wind screen.

5 5

4-season CANISTER stove standard.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Best 4-season canister stove on the market. Extremely light, works great in cold temps, boils water like a boss (I use the Optimus HE Weekend Pot). And can also be used to actually cook, the adjustability on this thing is excellent.

Remember however when the canister is inverted the adjustments are not instantaneous like they are with the canister in the upright position, it takes about 10-15 secs to adjust because the line is full of liquid fuel, same goes for shutting it off. Overall if you like the ease of use of a canister stove and have plans for doing some winter expeditions, this is what you are looking for.

I have tested it in the mid teens and the thing roars, I have no doubt that it will work in 0 degree temps (and will update if it doesn't). Not sure about the $95 price tag, I bought mine at EMS on sale for 80 bucks.

Used this to cook and melt snow at around -5F. Worked great.

UPDATE: I Used this stove to melt snow and cook in 15-30F temps during my last trip, using a coleman fuel canister purchased from walmart. I had some severe loss of BTUs and incomplete emptying of the cartridge. Stick to Jetboil, MSR, Snowpeak and Optimus brand of fuel cartridges. Coleman cartridges have proved to suck with this stove

4-season CANISTER stove standard.
5 5

What happens in Vega...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Stove works great, just as advertised. Have only used in warm temps. Will try out on AT in Feb. So far no complaints.

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5 5

The best 4-Season canister stove!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We have been doing some winter testing of the Vega. Below 30 degrees F, you need to invert the gas canister for great performance (4-season-mode). At 4 degrees F. it boiled a pint of water in 2 minutes 30 seconds.

At 17 degrees F. with no wind, I tested the Vega in 4-season mode with a nearly empty 4 oz. Optimus fuel canister.
Boil time of 1 pint of water was 2 minute 42 seconds.

I then used the same canister on a conventional up-right canister stove (Optimus Crux). The flame barely burned and when it went out 5 minutes later, the water was only 100 degrees F..

The best 4-Season canister stove!
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might the reason be partially also because the canister was depleted even further after the 3mins of usage with the Vega?