Rating: 5 / 5
I'm extremely happy with my MSR Pocket Rocket, which I've used as my primary stove for the last 5 years. I pair it with my 850 mL MSR Titan Kettle and I only use it to boil water for Mountain House freeze-dried dinners and Starbucks Via instant coffee. (I don't enjoy cooking & cleaning pots, I get enough of that at home). I've completed the JMT and the TRT with this stove without a single issue. I don't bring a windscreen, which I find unnecessary. When it's not windy, I don't need a windscreen, when it is, I've always been able to find a natural wind-blocking feature to cook behind. I don't bring the red plastic hard case the stove comes with, I instead store it in the pot. Luckily, I've never tipped it over, although accidents can happen, but can't you accidently tip over any stove? Are the little arms long enough or wide enough or grippy enough? For me, yes. For whiny types, maybe not.
I certainly enjoy the convenience that a canister stove provides. Screw the stove on the canister, open the valve, light the gas with your mini-Bic, place you water-filled pot on the stove and in a few minutes you'll have boiling water. If you like to tinker with your stove, this is not the stove for you.
It's not intended to be used in winter conditions, so I don't. Isobutane/Propane canisters are readily available throughout the U.S.
*Excellent Price at $39.
*Low Weight. 3 oz. In comparison SnowPeak's lightest canister stove, the LiteMax, costs more at $59 but only weighs 1.9 oz.
*Convenient, Fast Boil Time
*Lightweight, Packs Small
*Durable, Fool Proof
*Iso/Pro doesn't leave residue on my pot.
* Not so environmentally friendly canisters (canisters are typically recyclable, but not refillable).
Bottom Line: You won't be sorry you bought one. You can always sell it if you don't like it. Enjoy your next hike into the backcountry!