Best Backpacking Stove – MSR Pocket Rocket 2

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There is something about having everything that you need in your backpack while trecking through the backcountry. The sense of pride that is hard to even describe. But before you go to the woods for a few days it is important to have all of your key essentials while also watching the weight of your backpack. Or maybe you are going on a camping trip and just brought simple items to eat that only needs a small stove. Maybe you decided to do a hike up a mountain that morning and you wanted to have a delicious oatmeal with a cup of coffee at the summit. Whatever the reason is, a good stove is essential. One item that has truly been beneficial is the Pocket Rocket Stove 2 from MSR Gear. Let me tell you why I love this stove and highly recommend it.

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First let me tell you all about the brand MSR Gear. In 1969, Larry Penberthy created Mountain Safety Research in hopes to create better quality and longer lasting climbing gear. His passion has grown and so has his dreams. Larry believed that the key to unlocking greater adventures was better, safer, and more reliable equipment. I highly believe in this dream as well. As adventurists in the outdoors we want to make sure our gear is always functioning right and reliable. The MSR team till this day works very hard on continuing to create innovative, durable, and quality gear. I know I can put my trust on every piece of equipment that I use from MSR Gear.

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Whether you are backpacking, camping or doing a day hike where you will be eating while on the trail, the Pocket Rocket Stove 2 is the stove you will absolutely want to have in your pack. This canister stove is ultralight, fast boiling, and has a storage case of it’s very own. Best of all it has a WindClip®windshield which boosts efficiency in breezy conditions. When I first tested my canister stove it was a very windy day. I was nervous that my test wasn’t going to work but men did this stove prove me wrong. It kept warming up my water in the windy conditions and brought it to a boil fairly quickly. I really can’t complain about it.


  • Ultralight: Weighs only 2.6 ounces.
  • Fast boiling: It can boil water 1L of water in just 3.5 minutes.
  • Compact: Folds small and fitting that can be stored in any pot or mug to save room in your pack.
  • Strong: Offers excellent stability.
  • Wind-Resistant: WindClip wind protection and focused burner pushes a persistent, solid flame.
  • Includes: Ultralight, hard-shell carry case.

** For best results with canister fuel, always burn MSR IsoPro fuel but I’ve used a canister fuel that I bought elsewhere and it worked pretty great as well.

pocket rocket camping backpacking and hiking canister stove


It’s pretty basic to say the least. The Pocket Rocket Stove 2 is like a tiny portable stove to cook with. You can warm or boil water with it and cook your meals while outdoors. I usually use this stove in conjunction with the MSR Pika Teapot which I absolutely love. Also when you use the two together, your water boiling time will be greater. The Pika Teapot is built

Related Article: Pika Teapot from MSR Gear

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I have another canister stove that I tested it with for comparison and this one warms up the water much quicker and is more compact. I also had problems in windy conditions with my Coleman Peak One canister stove. It kept turning off on me which was pretty annoying. I had to have it very high for it to withstand the wind longer. My other stove also was heavier weighing at 6.7 ounces and it was also bulkier. It works great but not convenient when backpacking. The last thing you want to do is add more weight to your pack even if its just 4 more ounces.

So if it was the Coleman Peak One vs the Pocket Rocket Stove 2, the Pocket Rocket Stove 2 wins the competition!

pocket rocket camping backpacking and hiking canister stove


When using the Pocket Rocket Stove 2 you will also need a few other things. Here is what I recommend.

Related Article: Camp Kitchen Essentials and Organization

pocket rocket camping backpacking and hiking canister stove


Because MSR Gear takes such pride in their products and strive for durable and high quality gear you can rest assured that all of their gear will last year for years to come. If you ever run in to any issues with your gear, the team at the Seattle Repair Shop will repair your item helping prevent them from going to our landfills. They also have a warranty for their products as well to help put more ease to your worries.

Another amazing thing that MSR is doing is recycling your IsoPro Fuel Canisters and helping spread the word on how you can recycle your gear, fuel canisters, and even packaging. They take extra initiative on how they package their products so they can reach you safely and also be recyclable. The usually use cardboard boxes which can be easily recycled or thrown in your compost to biodegrade. However with the Pika Teapot, they decided to take it up a notch and ditch the packaging all together and only use a label on the product. You can read more about their sustainability efforts here and how you can recycle your gear and fuel canisters.

The Pocket Rocket 2 Stove comes in a box. Make sure to break down the box properly and drop it off at your local recycling center to be recycled.

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Well I really hope you enjoyed this review. I’m curious to know… What canister stove do you use? Have you tried the Pocket Rocket or Pocket Rocket 2? Would you try it? Let us know in the comments below. Always love to chat.

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Hi, I'm Jessica!

I am a wife and mother to three amazing kids. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. 


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