If you’ve not got a camping stove that’s up to the task though, you might find yourself wanting.This brand new version of the already excellent Classic PocketRocket by MSR has really reached new heights in both its cooking performance and its compact nature. At only 73g (2.6oz), MSR have somehow shaved 12g off the previous version making it truly disappear in your backpack. Not only is it mega light, but it’s also super compact; without its case, it fits in my backpacking cookset with the gas canister, a lighter and a cleaning cloth that also stops it rattling around.
When folded up, the stove is a minuscule 7.8cm tall and 4.8cm wide. This is small enough to fit inside most cooking pots with ease, with plenty of room for a gas canister too. When extended there is 10.5cm between each arm at the widest point, creating a good platform for small to medium pots.
The hard plastic case is 8.8cm x 5.3cm x 5cm, and leaves just enough room inside for a lighter or some matches. It has a hinged lid that closes securely and easily with a simple clasp. The case fits inside most cooking pots easily but you may struggle to also fit in the gas canister, if that is your desired set up.
To turn the gas on and off, twist the lever in the direction indicated. This easy to hold system makes controlling the flame from a full boil right through to a delicate simmer a breeze. When packing away, the lever folds and fits over the red base of the stove to keep it as streamlined as possible.
Each of the three arms have two rotating joints that enable them to twist on multiple planes. This allows them to fit into place around the stove when folding away. When fully extended, the rotating joints are immovable with the downward pressure of a cooking pot.
That said, this powerful little rocket-like stove is best suited to those with low weight and simplicity in mind. And though you’ll certainly find stoves with better simmer control and heat dispersion, you’ll struggle to get anything lighter and more compact than the might of the oh-so-tiny MSR PocketRocket 2.
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