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Dustin Reif

Dustin Reif wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Extremely lightweight and effective. I have the 1.7L version, and I'm highly impressed with the effeciency of the heat transfer. It's not a sales gimmick. It makes a big difference. With both my Primus Express canister stove and my MSR Whisperlite Int'l I am able to bring 1L of water to a rolling boil in around 2 min. 30 seconds. That's pretty dang good!

Super lighweight, but like most UL things you have to treat them gently. The very thin aluminum of this pot will bend fairly easily (not warp from the heat, just bend under too much pressure). Sometimes I take it out of my pack and have to slightly reshape it a bit by hand. Not a big deal. It seems durable enough for the weight.

I have a love/hate relationship with the titanium non-stick coating. It WORKS very well. I've never had to deal with any stuck on food. Even dried on, burnt pasta flakes right off with no hassle. So in regard to effectiveness, Primus nailed it by using titanium instead of teflon. HOWEVER, I don't know anyone who doesn't store their stove, fuel, and cooking utensiles in their pot. Naturally. So if you do, just know that the non-stick coating does scratch off with any friction against metal objects (stove, spork, etc). I have to be very mindful of how I store things in my pot, and I even bend my wind screen into the bottom of the pot to protect the coating. Not a big deal.

Overall, a very effective, lightweight, high tech pot. Two thumbs up!

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Dustin Reif

Dustin Reif wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this stove several times while backpacking. Like all canister stoves, it's hard to get good performance out of it in the winter, but this thing is brilliant for 3 season use. I don't know why the description says "boils water in just over 3 minutes." Um, how MUCH water? Well let me tell you something. I tested the express stove in conjunction with my my Primus EtaPower 1.7L pot (has a heat exchange on the bottom, which helps). I was blown away by the results, so I tested several times to make sure.

This stove boiled 1L of water in 2 min. and 15 seconds! A rolling boil. A hurry-up-and-put-your-noodles-in kind of boil. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure no other canister stove can touch that. The full flame is insane. Mosty blue, tall and powerful. Like a mini jet engine. And the simmer is truly incredible. You can adjust the flame on the Express from about 6 inches tall to about 1/4 inch tall. Amazing.

As far as weight, at 2.9 oz it closely rivals the 2.6 oz of the MSR pocket rocket and is much lighter than many others. I can't think of a single fault of this stove, and I CAN think of many things it does better than it's competitors. Why it's not more popular is beyond me...BUY IT!

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Dustin Reif wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

1 5

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

The fit is much too tight in the thighs/crotch and restricts movement. It's also ridiculously huge around the ankles. Feels like I'm wearing bell bottoms. But most importantly, they are BARELY WATER RESISTANT! Absolutely not water proof. The factory DWR finish does not repel water at all. I put them on, went outside, turned on the shower nozzle of the garden hose, and was shocked to see the pants instantly wet through and make my legs cold and damp. These pants will be returned ASAP and exchanged for something that is actually water proof, allows for freedom of movement and layering, and doesn't make me feel like a 70's hippy with bell bottoms. Please don't waste your money on these "rain" pants.

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