MSR PocketRocket Deluxe: Tested and Reviewed.
We have all heard of the infamous MSR PocketRocket Stove and have probably owned one over the years. There are a ton of brands that make some version or equivalent of the PocketRocket at current day. MSR decided it was time to stand apart from the pack by introducing the Deluxe version of the ever popular micro stove. There are 3 main factors that set the Deluxe apart from the original PocketRocket and the newer PocketRocket 2: built in Piezo lighter, a pressure regulator and a broad burning head providing more surface area. In our testing, the PocketRocket Deluxe wasn’t perfect, but still proved a worthy backcountry tool.
The Piezo is slick & streamlined so it doesn’t snag on anything in your pack. With hundreds of clicks on the Piezo, it didn’t light on the first try only a handful of times. That could be caused by a number of reasons, but we found it to be extremely reliable in the backcountry.
Do we still carry an extra fire source? Yea of course.
Have we had to use it to light our PocketRocket Deluxe? Not yet.
This is really where the stove shines. We had the PocketRocket Deluxe reliably boiling water at freezing temperatures all the way to summer conditions. The ability to preform at such a cold temperature is what sets this micro stove apart from others. Check out our boiling times below.
The broad head of the burner, measures 1 7/8″ or 47.625mm which makes it great for larger pots and faster boils. This is one of the primary differences in the PocketRocket Deluxe and PocketRocket 2. It is also worth mentioning the broad head of the stove cools within just a few minutes to make it easy to pack when you are moving quickly.
What’s in the Box
PocketRocket Deluxe Stove
Minimum Weight: 2.9oz
Packed Weight: 3.4oz
Burn time (MSR IsoPro) per 227-g / 8-oz. canister: 60 minutes
Water boiled (MSR IsoPro) per 227-g canister: 17 liters
In order of testing:
2 Cups Snow – Melt – Time 1:55
2 Cups Snow – Rolling Boil – Time 2:17
60° H2O – 16oz – Rolling Boil – Time 2:20
35° H2O – 16oz – Rolling Boil – Time 2:30
(I assume times dropped due to fuel in the canister)
The only issue we had when testing, which was a real issue and a safety concern, was the fact that one of the legs that holds the pot got very loose, very quickly. This did cause a spill of thankfully cold water when we had to use it loose due to not having packed a hex key on the outing. Does that mean you should carry an extra hex key while going into the backcountry when relying on the stove as a means of life or death? Yes, I would say it would be important to pack an extra tool just in case. Spilling a pot of ice cold or boiling hot water could really change things in a tent.
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