Most of us ‘outdoorsy’ type people have heard of or used the MSR PocketRocket hiking stove.
It’s somewhat of an outdoor institution, having served meals to hikers, trekkers, mountaineers and campers for decades, and I’m pretty sure it has remained unchanged in its design for all these years (please jump in and correct me if I am wrong).
At just 85g, it’s still not the lightest stove on the market, but it would have to be one of the most reliable. MSR claim a boil time of under 4 minutes, but in real time it’s probably more like about 5. In the video below we boiled one cup of water in just over a minute.
A simple design, no piezo ignition (let’s face it, they are usually the first thing to give up on a stove anyway), glove-friendly flame adjustment and three serrated pot supports that grip the base of your cooking vessel. Complete in a bright red plastic carry case, the Pocket Rocket is both safe and visible in any rucksack.
Incorporated into the burner head is the MSR Wind Clip, designed to increase efficiency in breezy conditions by creating mini wind breaks within the flame.
Powered by regular IsoButane/Propane fuel, you can expect to get around 60 minutes of burn time from a 227g cylinder.
Stability can be an issue with this type of stove, especially with larger pots. This can be overcome with a gas cylinder stabiliser, but realistically, the small burner head is designed for lightweight adventures with smaller pots.
For a tried and tested hiking stove, you can’t go past the MSR Pocket Rocket, see it in action below….