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Soto Amicus Stove Review

The Soto Amicus performed well at an affordable price while being one of the lightest stoves tested. It also compacts up nicely and is easy to assemble.

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


Overall Score: 85/100

Best Affordable Stove

The Soto Amicus was the best affordable stove tested. It is lightweight (72 grams / 2.5 ounces) with an attached four-prong pot stand, boils 2-cups of water in 110 seconds, works in the wind, simmers well, packs up small, and is relatively fuel-efficient. It just takes more time to boil water and is a little less fuel efficient than the more expensive Soto WindMaster.  

Most compact stove tested

The Soto Amicus stove compacts up nicely and is easy to assemble.

Stove has an easy to deploy pot support

A Soto Amicus stove
A Soto Amicus stove

Conclusion

The Soto Amicus performed well at an affordable price while being one of the lightest stoves tested. It outperformed the MSR PocketRocket and Snow Peak LiteMax in both boil times and fuel efficiency. This makes the Soto Amicus the best performing affordable stove tested.

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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.