Therm-a-Rest, MSR, Platypus, SealLine MicroRocket - Backpacker

Therm-a-Rest, MSR, Platypus, SealLine MicroRocket

An integrated burner, pot, and heat exchanger sized for solo hikers.


Fuel Type Canister Only


Weight 4 oz


We’ve loved the Reactor system—which integrates a burner, pot, and heat exchanger for superfast and efficient performance—since it won our 2007 Editors’ Choice Award. This new 1-liter version is ideal for solo hikers. I used it on a nine-day, 200-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and burned through only half an 8-ounce canister (cooking breakfast and dinner for one). Boil times averaged less than two minutes in temps down to 30°F. The puck-shaped burner nestles securely into the tall aluminum pot. The stove burns ultrahot (there’s virtually no simmer) and the pot lacks a nonstick coating, so it’s best for boiling water or heating up simple meals like ramen. $170; 14.5 oz.;

Best For

Solo hikers who prioritize cooking, convenience, and speed

Tester Data

» Brian Mockenhaupt (other tester: Kristin Hostetter)

» Duration Aug. to Jan.

» Locales/conditions WA, MA; 30°F to 70°F; wind, rain

» “The add-on Reactor Coffee Press Kit ($20; 1.7 oz.) let me easily make my brew right in the pot.” The MicroRocket stove packs small but burns big. More compact than the original PocketRocket™ stove, it fits easily inside an MSR® Insulated Mug, and sheds 10 g (.4 oz.) of weight. The stability of the pot supports has also been boosted, while maintaining a robust, wind-resistant flame with WindClip™ protection. Includes a hand-held Piezo igniter.