Aug 24, 2010

MSR Pocket Rocket

With my big 4-day trip to the Adirondack's on the horizon (only two weeks away!) I thought I better test the new backpacking stove I picked up. Deep in the woods, tired and hungry is not the most ideal time to find out your stove is defective. So, tonight I fired up my MSR Pocket Rocket and boiled water for coffee. This stove is a veritable blow torch! So far, the only drawback I can foresee is the small diameter of the pot supports. The diameter is a mere 4 1/2 inches. Aside from that, the gas flow is easily regulated and connection to the Iso-Pro (80/20 mixture of isobutane & propane) canister is as simple as threading it on by hand. The stove folds up very small and compact to fit in a hard triangular plastic case. The weight of the stove is only 3 oz! It makes my stoves of the past, seem so HUGE and clunky by comparison. Just look at those old clunkers in the background!


4 comments:

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Always a good idea (and fun) to check out a new piece of gear before putting it in service. Wow- the tips of the pot supports have gone cherry red.

Michael O'Hara said...

I'm telling you... it's a blow torch!

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

I'm a car trunk camper- big tent, cots, full size coleman stove, etc. but I have always been interested in backpacking and the associated gear. It seems it would be so much easier to prepare and pack.

Very much looking forward to hearing about your upcoming adventure.

boxset4less said...

That's cool!