The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is the latest version of the PocketRocket line of stoves. It has many upgraded features to help make backcountry cooking even easier on you, including a pressure regulator, piezo igniter, and a broad burner head for better heat distribution and simmering. This stove is designed for an ultralight backpacker who occasionally likes to do more then just boil water, but wants to actually cook food. It’s also for someone who needs a stove to work in all kinds of environments, including windy conditions. After testing this stove extensively, here are my overall thoughts on it.
Weight: 2.9 oz
Dimensions: 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 inches
Average boil time: 1 min 55 sec (2 cups of water)
Burn Time: 60 mins (8 oz canister)
Fuel Type: Isobutane-propane Canister
If you tend to go on longer backpacking trips, then fuel efficiency is very important. You don’t want to lug multiple gas canisters around which take up space in your pack and add unwanted weight. The good news is that the PocketRocket Deluxe is very efficient compared to other small canister stoves. However, integrated stove systems, like the JetBoil MiniMo, do outperform this stove in efficiency, but weigh significantly more.
Despite the stove being ultralight, the overall construction is surprisingly quite solid with nothing feeling cheap or flimsy. Even the igniter, which is notorious for being the first thing to break on a stove, seems very durable with all its components being metal and not plastic.
The Deluxe Stove is definitely ultralight weighing only 2.9 oz. That is only 10 grams more than the PocketRocket 2 Stove due to the additional important features mentioned in the intro above. When you consider the fact that you have to carry an extra Bic lighter with the PocketRocket 2 since there isn’t a built in igniter like the Deluxe version, the weight difference between the two even becomes smaller and makes the Deluxe stove more of a viable option.
A convenient feature of the PocketRocket Deluxe stove is the igniter. Now you don’t have to worry about losing your lighter for your stove because you have an igniter attached to it. In testing it, the igniter worked really well under normal conditions. I always could light the stove on the first try. However, if you add higher winds and colder temperatures to the equation it could take a few tries to get the stove to light. This could be attributed to the fact that the spark created by the igniter is not the strongest.
The Deluxe stove is impressively wind-resistant. In my testing I was able to boil 2 cups of water in 2 minutes and 48 seconds with 8-10 mph winds. The new burner head design is a big reason for this. There is a lip around the burner that acts as a windshield and the burner itself is concaved which helps to protect the flame.
If you eat a lot of freeze-dried bag meals, like Mountain Houses where you just add water, simmer control won’t mean much to you. But if you do any actual backcountry cooking, then this metric is very important. The great thing is the PocketRocket Deluxe Stove has great simmer control to the point where you can actually cook real food on it if you wanted to. This is achieved by a wide burner head that distributes the heat evenly and a very good regulator valve that allows you to fine tune how much heat you need.
After a long day of hiking no one wants to wait forever for their food to cook or water to boil at camp. You just want to eat and then relax. Well, the Deluxe stove won’t disappoint. In my testing under normal conditions I was able to bring 2 cups of water to a boil in 1 minute and 55 seconds. Additionally, the pressure regulator that MSR designed helps ensure fast boil times on those cold mornings and even when the canister is getting low on fuel.
PocketRocket Deluxe Pros
Fast boil times
Works well in windy conditions
Very efficient in fuel consumption
Built very solid
Great simmering control
PocketRocket Deluxe Cons
Struggles in very cold weather (typical for canister stoves)
Sits taller and could be easy to tip over
It can take a few tries to light the stove in windy or cold conditions
Overall the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe stove is a great item to add to your gear. It has really fast boil times, even in windy conditions; the simmering capabilities of this stove are great for allowing more extensive backcountry cooking; and the addition of an igniter that’s well designed and durable is a really convenient feature to have. However, the Deluxe stove isn’t perfect. Because of the pressure regulator, the stove sits taller which makes it easier for it to tip over. Also, the stove can be a little finicky to light in windy or cold conditions. When balancing all of the pros and cons there is way more to like on this stove and is worth upgrading to.
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