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MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Stove Review

The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe was the second best performing ultralight stove tested. It boiled water the fastest in all the boil tests.

Paul Bodnar      Educational      9/17/2020
Paul Bodnar
Educational
9/17/2020


Overall Score: 87/100

2nd Place

The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe was the second best performing ultralight stove tested. The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is lightweight (82 grams / 2.9 ounces), boils 2-cups of water in 102 seconds, works in the wind, simmers well, packs up small, has an auto-ignitor, sturdy pot stand and is very fuel efficient.

The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe stove with it's case and instructions.

Stove burner almost identical to the Soto WindMaster stove

The only differences observed between the two burners is the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is 47mm wide and the Soto WindMaster is 46mm wide. They have the exact number stove top holes aligned in the exact same order. The faster boil times observed with the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is likely due to the faster maximum fuel burn rate.

The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe stove vs the Soto WindMaster stove next to a ruler.
The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe stove vs the Soto WindMaster stove next to a ruler.

Stove is easy to assemble and packs up small

MSR PocketRocket Deluxe being measured next to a ruler.
MSR PocketRocket Deluxe attached to a fuel canister being measured with a ruler.

Conclusion

The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe performed very well and boiled water the fastest in all the boil tests. This is an impressive stove. The stove burned a little more fuel than the Soto WindMaster which would be expected with the faster boil times. The limitation of the attached three-prong stand and the slightly lower fuel efficiency brought the MSR PocketRocket down to second place just behind the Soto WindMaster.

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.