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Gear Review: MSR MicroRocket Backpacking Stove

MSR MicroRocket

MSR MicroRocket

Backpacking Stove
MSR MicroRocket
$60, 3 oz. (4 oz. with case)

This ultralight burner punches above its weight: Turned up to high, it boiled water fast, even in strong winds at a campsite by Columbine Lake, at 11,000 feet in Sequoia National Park. Excellent flame control allows you to dial it down low for simmering. Fold out its three pot-support arms, screw it onto a fuel canister, fire it up, and you’re cooking in seconds. The stove was stable even beneath a two-liter pot when cooking for four people in Sequoia, Yosemite National Park, and in Washington’s Glacier Peak Wilderness.

It comes in a hard, plastic case that fits easily inside a small pot or mug, and uses any screw-mount, butane-based fuel canister. Well built, with few moving parts, it will last for years, requiring virtually no care beyond cleaning off any food spills or conspicuous dirt. One complaint: The piezo lighter regularly failed to ignite the burner—we eventually just used a butane lighter—and as a separate unit from the stove, the piezo is too easy to lose.

See my review of the JetBoil Sumo GCS stove and cooking system, and all of my backpacking gear reviews.

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—Michael Lanza

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Michael Lanza

A former field editor and primary gear reviewer for Backpacker Magazine, Michael Lanza created The Big Outside to share stories and images from his many backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, as well as expert tips and gear reviews to help readers plan and pull off their own great adventures.


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    Did this replace the PocketRocket for MSR? If not, is there a big advantage/difference between the two stoves beyond a minor weight savings? I love our PocketRocket, just curious why they would make two stoves so similar.

    • MichaelALanza

      Hi MJ, good question. I see at MSR’s website that the Pocket Rocket is still available ( It’s only incrementally heavier, though two-thirds the price of the MicroRocket, which I think is a little more powerful. However, if you have a Pocket Rocket that works fine, I don’t see a need to replace it with this stove.


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