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JaDesrochers wrote a review of on May 2, 2012

2 5

I found the pack to be comfortable and roomy for the weight. The side pouches were a bit odd as they had straps that seemed to suggest attaching things to the pack, but they were too small for anything like a sleeping pad, even a half length one. They fit bottles fine though, and I thought the pack overall was well designed and useful for its light weight.

My problem - the stitching on the right shoulder strap came undone in a several inch section after about four weeks. I had yet to do a substantial trek, just a few day hikes and bike rides. Had just gotten to know and like this pack, so it was too bad.

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JaDesrochers wrote a review of on December 1, 2011

5 5

I just wanted to second nic's review about the sizing. I am 6'0" 160lb with ~32 sizing and the medium fits well. I had been concerned about some of the reviews indicating funky stoic sizing, but these are great. The pockets may not zip, but for mountaineering and winter hiking they seem very good. Better than any of the previous pants I have used in terms of weight/warmth/breathability balance. I like them quite a lot and they are my main snow pant now. Maybe the small is smaller than most are used to, but the medium feels right on.

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JaDesrochers wrote a review of on September 7, 2011

5 5

I got this stove to be a lightweight liquid fuel stove and figured it would be average given the focus on weight savings. It has been much better than that.

My experience started off poorly with a defective pump that leaked fuel through the pump housing. Packaging indicates manufacture has not been sent to China however, and Primus was responsive. They got me a new pump which worked fine, and I have used it for five trips since.

The stove design is simple with very few extra parts or things that can go wrong. I was able to dismantle and field clean the jet without a schematic because it was simple and solid with no little bits to lose or part to break. The reliability has been excellent.

It seemed like output might be low with the small burner, but I have melted several liters of water from snow on multiple occasions in the Cascades and done group meals without much problem. There are certainly better snow melters and faster boilers, but this stove surprised me with its competence in this area.

Simmer control is middling, but better than most one valve stoves I have used. It is not a gourmet cooker but I was able to turn it down enough to save fuel while simmering and avoid burning food.

Fuel consumption was another surprise - this stove is more efficient than any of my other white gas stoves (coleman, Optimus, MSR, SVEA) in terms of the fuel used for each liter melted or meal cooked. Not by a huge margin, as they all operate on similar principles, but I noticed that I consistently used less than expected with this stove. There is definitely a power trade off, but its not a weak stove.

Pot stability is good, I have had no problems with it using 1L and 2L pots. In addition, I thought the legs might be flimsy given how insubstantial they look, but they actually seem quite solid and fold up smoothly. I trust the overall stability with this stove more than some stoves with much beefier legs because this one just seems to work without any issues despite the lack of overall contact area. I also find the feet very functional.

The weight is simply great. I love being able to have a liquid fuel stove and yet have it only weight half of what a typical white gas stove does and yet get great functionality. I am a big fan of liquid stoves in general, and this one has already started to earn a place next to my SVEA 123's in terms of my satisfaction with the overall design. It goes on almost every trip where I need a stove now.

* one small issue: stove is so light that the priming and vaporization assembly can make it tip to that side without a pot on it if the feet are not planted. Doesn't bug me, but someone else might find it annoying.

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JaDesrochers wrote a review of on September 7, 2011

3 5

The bag started to tear apart when I attached it to the outside of my pack with the hanging loop. Pretty much ripped that end of the bag out, now I have it gorilla taped together. I used it probably ten times this season though, so it took a beating for a while and then came apart. For 8 bucks, that seems about right.

Bag has a lot of room, even with it half destroyed and taped I can still fit crampons no problem. Might even be a little too big.

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JaDesrochers wrote a review of on July 24, 2011

1 5

I loved the design and, in theory, function of this stove and was excited to get it for use on my winter and mountaineering treks. The first one I got was defective such that fuel could not enter the burner - there was metal debris blocking the jet that was confirmed by the service rep when I sent it back. I was concerned, but gave it another chance and had them send me another.

Mistake.

I have used this stove over a dozen times including x-c ski trips, snowshoe overnights, and a few climbs in the Cascades. I wanted a highly reliable and powerful stove that would melt snow and get me hot water in rough conditions. between a recall and several difficult field fixes, I have to call this stove completely unreliable. When it works, it has the power of any stove I know with wonderful flame control. Problem is that there is always a ripped seal, leaking pump, misfit part, clogged part or some other issue. I have seen every part to this stove because I have had to dismantle both the pump and burner to varying degrees multiple times. I cannot take it into the field without the expectation of it working properly for more than a single use, if that.

I have used white gas primarily, although also tried kerosene. I prime the stove with denatured alcohol, keep it clean, oil the pump, and yet still it fails me. I will be contacting Optimus to see if they will refund or do something about it. I will not accept another one of these stoves however. My next one will be a Primus or MSR multifuel type.

I know there was a recall of this stove for ones made between certain dates, but that did not fix many of the problems for me. I do a lot of stove tinkering and have Coleman 442 and 400 stoves, Svea 123 and 123r stoves, and would use any of those in a heartbeat over this because I know they will work. The only thing impressive about this stove is the list of things that have managed to go wrong on a stove that inherently seemed so well designed. I hear that the QC issues started after production was moved to China, but all I know is this stove stunk for me, and I would not try to sell it because I would feel lousy for the new owner.

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