Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Compact Backpacking Stoves

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Canister Stove

76

2016

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Canister Stove

The GSI Pinnacle Canister stove is very efficient, compact backpacking stove.

Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium

83

2014

Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium

The titanium and stainless steel Olicamp Ion Micro seemed absurdly small but proved to be a remarkable performer. For ounce counters, it’s a winner. 

MSR SuperFly

81

2014

MSR SuperFly

Despite MSR’s backcountry stove pedigree, I found the SuperFly a milquetoast product. It’s practical, simple and will probably run until the apocalypse. 

Soto WindMaster

89

2014

Soto WindMaster

Given its weight, efficiency, performance in wind and average boil time, the Soto WindMaster is the superior stove in this category.

Kovea Power Nano

84

2014

Kovea Power Nano

For the price, the Kovea Power Nano is excellent stove that will muscle shelf space from some better-known brands. 

Olicamp Kinetic Ultra Titanium

87

2013

Olicamp Kinetic Ultra Titanium

The lightest stove tested. Only the folks who sleep under cuben fiber tarps and hike in toe-socks could find fault with a stove this small.

MSR MicroRocket

85

2013

MSR MicroRocket

The MSR MicroRocket is very well built, and has the fastest average boil time and best wind performance among stoves tested in this category.

Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium

80

2013

Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium

The Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium stove is a fine product that will hold up to the rigors of the trail, although there’s nothing overly innovative about its design or performance.