MSR MicroRocket

MSR MicroRocket

Backpacking Stove
MSR MicroRocket
$60, 3 oz. (4 oz. with case)
cascadedesigns.com/msr

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