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MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Backpacking and Camping Stove

April 8, 2018 - Comment

Looking for a lightweight and compact stove for camping? Read our review on why backpackers prefer the MSR PocketRocket 2.

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The MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove is a lightweight backpacking stove which weighs in at just 3 ounces and provides full cooking function quickly. The MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight and Compact Backpacking, Camping, and Travel Stove is the ideal solution for minimalist and fast-and-light adventures, hiking, trekking, and global travel.

When it comes to canister-mounted stoves, MSR proves less is more. The PocketRocket is a favorite of BACKPACKER Magazine Tester Andy Dappen, who said, “This midget flamethrower is one of the lightest backpacking stoves available, and the best cartridge stove I’ve used.”

 

What is good about the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

Lightweight and compact – Mountain Safety Research (MSR) has created a stove that is barely noticeable in your pack. It is ultra light and compact as it includes a lightweight 2x2x3.5-inch hard-shell protective carrying case for portability, bringing the packed weight of the stove to 4.2 ounces. Stove weighs 2.6 ounces, measures 4.8×4.8×3.6 inches when open, and packs down to 2x2x3 inches.

Quick – has a high heat output boiling 1 liter of water in less than 3.5 minutes. This stove is perfect for boiling water for instant meals but not for eggs or more advanced cooking.

Flame Protection – tri-sectional Windclip wind shield protects the flame in breezy conditions and boosts efficiency

Ease of use – fast and easy lighting with no need for priming, pressurizing, or maintenance. Full flame glove friendly controls allow precise flame adjustment, from a simmer to a boil.  Fueled by high-performance isobutane-propane fuel canister (not included); self-sealing threaded canister fuel is available in most countries.

Cons about the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

Some hikers have found the three supports a little tipsy and it does take a bit of getting used to. Most people agree it is a small price to pay for the compact size.

 

Who the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove is intended for

  • Backpackers for boiling water for instant meals
  • Campers
  • Home emergency kit

 

MSR Pocket Rocket Stove 2 Features and Specifications

  • MSR Pocket Rocket StoveSmall, lightweight, powerful camping stove–weighs just 3 ounces
  • Boils a liter of water in under 3.5 minutes
  • Glove-friendly controls allow precise flame adjustment and stability
  • Micro-burner, tri-sectional clip protects flame in light wind gusts
  • Uses clean burning MSR IsoPro premium fuel

 

What customers say about the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

One reviewer stated I have used this stove the past five years. It is perfect. It is both light in weight and powerful. It is very easy to pack in its hard plastic case. It fits inside my camping pot. I have now purchased a second one so I can cook with two burners at the same time. It does not use much fuel

Another reviewer stated MSR’s Pocket Rocket is a great little cooker. Best for going light and fast. Perfect as a shared stove among two people, and even better for simple boiling or melting snow for drinking water. I would suggest this stove for use with a maximum pot capacity of two liters, more than this and it becomes a little unstable.

If your menu is simple and you live on instant meals that require only boiling water this is the stove for you. Because this is a stove designed for the minimalist, it is tiny and has a very concentrated hot spot, so if you are a backcountry gourmet and want to cook pancakes and eggs you might be better off with a stove that has a larger flame spread. Again, great for boiling water and melting snow, but not for actual cooking.

Very durable as this reviewer mentions. This is a great bit of kit, I have used it for the last 3 years and it just keeps on going. One word sums it up, simplicity. It has very few moving parts which means not much can go wrong. I have drowned this stove in near freezing water and had a hot brew on before my fingers were dry.

Other hiking equipment may be found by clicking this link. The MSR Pocket Rocket Stove is great value for the backpacker looking for a lightweight and compact stove.

 



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Firefly says:

Incredible! Runs wide open for 2 hours on an 8oz canister! I put this on an 8oz canister of Jetboil fuel, turned it on high and ran it till it ran out. Outside temp was about 50 degrees.It ran for approx. 2 hours wide open! I tested boiling water using an Esbit Stove Aluminum 2.5 cup pot. It boiled a little faster when I first started because running the stove nostop causes the canister to chill down which slows the gas coming out a little. I was boiling the 2.5 cup pot in about 2:36 at the start and a little over 3:00 when the canister was near empty. But let’s go with the worse case and say it boils at 3:00 per 2.5 cup pot non stop for 2 hours. That’s FORTY 2.5 cup pots of water. Enough to make 40 Mountain House packet meals. That’s boiling water for 3 meals a day for 13 days! I have one of the cheap non-name $10 pocket rockets and when you compare them to the MSR PocketRocket 2 the difference in quality is obvious.

DEREK K MC ROBERTS says:

Like all camping My wife finally broke down and decided that we have to have coffee in the morning when we’re camping even though neither one of us wants to build a fire. Like all camping, it’s just a more pleasant version of being in the Army and I already had a solution.My buddy had one of these when we were stuck out in the box at NTC for a month getting sand blasted, trading hot coffee for cigarettes and candy.Light weight, fast heat.

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