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Gear Review: MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove

Gear Review: MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove

With warmer weather on the way, we have the opportunity to travel even lighter with so much of our gear. I am excited about this!

As long as temps stay above the mid-twenties (Fahrenheit), we can leave the added bulk and weight of our MSR Whisperlite Universal stove behind, and instead just carry our MSR Pocket Rockets.

I will never EVER leave for even a short day hike without this stove and a dehydrated meal in my pack again. You never know when you might need it!

Speaking of impromptu coffee breaks (summit coffee is the BEST COFFEE EVER!!), you might want to also pick up MSR’s handy little canister stand for a little added stability on uneven surfaces.

PROS: MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove 

SUPER-DUPER PACKABLE – The MSR Pocket Rocket Canister Backpacking stove lives up to its name: the stove and its handy little carry case will fit in your coat pocket very easily.

LIGHTWEIGHT – The stove itself weighs only around 3 ounces – not including the gas canister.

EASY – The stove is super easy to assemble and fire up – simply screw on your gas canister, turn the valve, and light it with a match or lighter. No priming as with the bottled liquid gas stoves.

FAST – We brought a liter of water to a boil in our Olicamp XTS Cookpot in just a few minutes with temps in the twenties.

EFFICIENT – We haven’t done any real scientific testing, but one eight-ounce canister was more than sufficient to boil several liters of water for coffee, several dehydrated meals, and drinking water, and we brought some fuel home.

MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Canister Stove Gear Review
MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Canister Stove Gear Review

CONS: MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove

EFFICIENCY LOSS IN EXTREME COLD – The stove will lose efficiency and even become inoperable in colder temperatures (Consensus around the web is stay above twenty degrees and we have personally used it without fail in the twenties). You can keep the canister warm by placing it in your coat (or keeping it in your sleeping bag overnight), but you will be much happier with the MSR Whisperlite liquid gas stove for colder weather outings. The MSR Whisperlite Universal stove is shown in the photo below!

EXPLOSIVE HAZARD WITH IMPROPER USE – ALL gas stoves are hazardous when used improperly. With the MSR Pocket Rocket, due to the pressurized gas canister, the stove is NOT designed for any type of enclosure such as a surrounding wind screen. If the canister gets too hot, it could explode. Be sure to read all manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation. With proper operation, this is an awesome backpacking stove at a great price, and it is one of my all-time favorite gear purchases!

The MSR Whisperlite Universal Backpacking Stove. Liquid Gas Stoves such as the MSR Whisperlite Universal are the better choice for adventures in extreme cold.
The MSR Whisperlite Universal Backpacking Stove. Liquid Gas Stoves such as the MSR Whisperlite Universal are the better choice for adventures in extreme cold.

Where to Purchase the MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Canister Stove and Accessories Online:

CampSaver.com:

MSR Pocket Rocket Canister Stove

MSR Universal Canister Stand

Amazon.com:

MSR Pocket Rocket Canister Stove

MSR Universal Canister Stand

EMS.com:

MSR Pocket Rocket Canister Stove

MSR Universal Canister Stand (not available online when this was published)

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