|Rating:||9.2 / 10|
|Weight||2.2 / 2.5|
|Ease of Use||2.3 / 2.5|
|Versaility||2.3 / 2.5|
|Boiling Speed||2.4 / 2.5|
PLEASE NOTE: This stove is not yet available on the Australian market having not long passed the required Australian gas testing to be sold here. I was lucky enough to get hold of a test unit to undertake this review.
Both the MSR Pocket Rocket and MSR Pocket Rocket 2 have been iconic stoves for outdoor users for many years. For such a simple stove type, canister stoves have most of their features in common so it’s often hard to see a difference from the dozens and dozens of models on the market. MSR’s latest stove release in this range is the MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe which has taken an already very good stove and turned it into a great stove.
As always MSR focuses on a few key aspects that help them stand out from the pack. First and foremost MSR focuses on durability, reliability and quality so while you will find lighter weight stove options on the market, you are unlikely to find a better quality one.
One main feature common to all canister stoves is their minimal weight and even though this stove contains an electric switch (piezo lighter) and is more advanced than its predecessors, it’s actually lighter coming in at 73 grams. Having dropped 32 grams from its predecessor it still feels like a very high quality unit.
Apart from the weight, the electric switch is the biggest difference and while most other electric switch stoves have a standard red coloured button, MSR has opted for a metal toggle and I liked the way it worked. The switch worked first time and continued to work time and time again. Regardless of whether a stove has an electric switch or not, I always carry a small cigarette lighter just in case.
This stove unit is designed to cope with windy conditions and as such the gas head is concave and has a raised edge meaning that once set up with a pot on it, its very windproof. In all honesty using a windshield is not essential unlike with cheaper stoves.
Performance wise the second I turned this unit on I was really impressed. The flame was intense and I thought it was going to boil my 500 ml of water in less than a minute. It wasn’t quite that good but still managed to boil the water in 2 minutes and 32 seconds which is the fastest stove of any type we have tested to date. With the added wind protection this unit provides, I would expect it to perform well even in the windiest conditions.
One of the big benefits of canister stoves is that they simmer food really well so if you are cooking rather just boiling water then they are the best option. Whether you are cooking food or just boiling water and depending on the prevailing wind conditions, your gas consumption will be reasonably good. As someone who only boils water, I would expect a 100 gram canister to last me around 8-10 days comfortably.
For some reason buyers often associate this type of stove as being cheap and while you can buy a canister stove for under $40 you do get what you pay for. This unit is yet to hit the Australian market so MSR hasn’t advised the but given the performance and quality of this unit, I would expect it to be on the higher end of the category range.
One of the biggest benefits of canister stoves is you can buy them as standalone units, you can mix and match to get the system you want and you have the ability to change the pot choice to suit your needs. While I tend to be an integrated stove user, I could be swayed by this unit – it was that impressive.
Keep an eye out for this stove in the stores in the not too distant future.
This is an impressive lightweight canister stove that will suit just about any outdoor stove user
The MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove has met the gas testing requirements to be sold in Australia and is expected to be available for sale in the near future
Available soon. Price to be determined
Pocket Rocket Deluxe with storage bag
MSR Pocket Deluxe folded and ready to pack away
Pocket Rocket Deluxe working
Pocket Rocket Deluxe working and highlighting the electric starter. This metal toggle switch is robust and easy to use an repeatedly worked first time every time
Pocket Rocket Deluxe top view. The concave head and raised lip provides protection from the wind
MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe assembled with gas canister
MSR produces a range of stoves to meet the needs of a variety of hikers including canister stove, integrated stoves and fuel burning stoves:
This review was done by product provided by the Australian distributor of MSR Stoves