Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove Reviews

MSR's PocketRocket 2 Stove delivers powerful cooking abilities in a lightweight, compact design that opens up your culinary options to a variety of meals that make your backcountry pursuits more enjoyable. Boils a liter of water in as little as 3.5 minutes, meaning a meal is always just around the corner. Folding pot supports enhance packability and accept a wide variety of pot sizes. Hard-shell case protects it during transport. Fuel canister not included

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Product Questions

Tim C.  Tim C.: Hey all! I'm currently trying to decide between the Pocket Rocket and the Jetboil flash system. What made you choose this one over the jetboil? Have you tried both and found one to be better than the other? Is the pocket rocket better suited for a particular type of trip? Thanks so much!!
Ben C.  Ben C.: I could go on and on why I love this little stove so much, but the simple, one word answer is; versatility! I can use it with multi-person car camping groups or solo backpacking. It can handle larger pots and pans within reason (read that as skip cast iron skillets) as well as ultralight one person kits. Simple a great choice.
Amanda J.  Amanda J.: My husband bought the pocket rocket while he worked at a sporting goods store several years ago and we absolutely love it. Super compact, easy and fast to use. We love to use it for hiking, four-wheeling, exploring, etc.
Lindsay W.  Lindsay W.: I have used both the jet boil and the pocket rocket stove. Most trips I prefer the pocket rocket. I have different cookware sizes and I can use the stove with my small individual pot or a larger pot without needing to change up the whole system. Also the heat can be adjusted to simmer and cook food rather than just to boil water. If your primary objective is melting snow and boiling water for dehydrated meals and you anticipate using about the same volume each trip then the jetboil might be a better option for you.
Shannon B.  Shannon B.: I haven’t tried the jet boil... I chose this stove because it also came with a mess kit and pot... and a friend of mine had the same mess kit/stove and it worked very nicely
Rima M.  Rima M.: Hey Tim!
The reasons I chose the Jetboil over the MSR pocket rocket is because I felt It was faster and easier to use. It comes with a container that attaches to the unit. But you can also use It without that cylindrical pot connected and have a bigger pot sit on It.
It also comes in an insulated sleeve so It makes pouring the water quick and easy without burning yourself. There’s a heat changing flame on the side which indicates when the water is boiling.
I haven’t used the msr pocket rocket since I got the jetboil!
Rachael R.  Rachael R.: I love my pocket rocket. I used it on my AT thru hike in 2018 and it never failed me the entire 2,190.9 miles. I knew people on trail with their giant Jet Boils and they loved them but I just thought they were so incredibly bulky and heavy for what you were getting. Yes, the jet boil might boil water a little faster but for the bulk and weight... I just don't think it's worth it. The pocket rocket is everything you need for a stove. I see on jet boil's website they have a mightymo that is pretty close in weight to the pocket rocket so maybe check into that one for backpacking? I've only seen the originals. I would say pocket rocket for backpacking - jet boil for car camping. Hope this helps! :-)
Amy G.  Amy G.: Hi Tim!
I chose the Pocket Rocket off of my friends' feedback. They all suggested this as a great stove - for backpacking and camping. I ended up getting the small kit with it as well, as I ended up getting a great deal at REI. I like this because it literally packs into itself and doesn't take up a lot of room in your pack/bag/car. While I haven't used it backpacking yet (every trip has been disastrous and we had to bail - don't ask), I have brought this on solo camping trips and have made pizza, grilled cheese, and eggs (just need to watch the heat levels). If you don't get the kit, and just get the stove, it fits in the palm of your hand, for size reference. I absolutely love it, but I also know people love their Jetboils too. If you have any other questions, let me know!
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Product Reviews


Light. Hot. Reliable.

I used this stove for the entirety of my Appalachian Trail Thru Hike and it never failed me. This stove performs well in 95 percent of conditions. It runs hot and it stays there, it doesn’t lose power as your fuel runs low, going full boat until the can is empty. This may cause you to occasionally run out of gas mid boil but personally I put the onus on the hiker to make sure you are aware of your fuel levels and view this feature as a plus. The heat levels are relatively adjustable and I’ve found I am able to simmer liquids, if you are trying to thicken a sauce or say, your Mac and cheese, it will scorch but it is possible to use lower temps when needed. The only real negative with this product is in high wind conditions, low to moderate winds are combated by the Y-Shaped piece of metal on the heat surface that separates the flame in to three sections leaving the two others burning while wind is blowing from one direction. I love my Pocket Rocket 2 and will use it again, I have also recently purchased the new Pocket Rocket Deluxe and will he reviewing soon.

The best of the best

The MSR Pocket Rocket is simply amazing. Don't waste your money on the cheap knock offs. This is a reliable product with power! (When I am deep in the mountains, I want reliability!) Boils water in just a few minutes. Everytime we are boiling water we get a few head turns, and it sounds powerful! It was a bit of a challenge to start in the wind, but with a small jet flame torch lighter we've had no issues.

Boils water FAST! Tiny & Mighty!

Bring a piece of foil with you or build up some rocks to block the wind if necessary. But this thing works great and doesn’t even seem to use much gas! Folds up and fits in my mini camping cup with a three lighters and foldable plastic wear. Fires up every time :).

This is AWESOME!!

Truly amazing.

Lightweight stove

Great stove for backcountry camping, its light and it works! Can be tough to use in the wind so bring something to block the wind.

Pocket Rocket small and useful.

This is a tiny little stove, that packs a mean punch. This little guy lasted 2200 miles of my entire Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It never failed and worked better than I could have hoped. And it’s super light!

Favorite stove

This is our favorite hiking stove. Super easy to use super compact and light weight. We use this on almost all of our hikes.

Reliable and easy to use

This lightweight stove can fit in your pocket and only takes 20sec to set up. We bring foil to make a shelter around the stove so that wind doesn’t blow it out and the heat moves up towards the pot/pan. Make sure you have a level surface and no fuel leaking before use!

Great light weight stove

I know there is smaller stoves but I actually preferred this one it is a tiny bit bigger but it's not enough to where I feel like I am carrying too much extra weight. It puts off a nice Flame however if you are in windy condition I suggest that you put some sort of Wind Block up I've used a stack of rocks I've also used just myself obviously in a safe manner. I've never had problems with this stove

This stove has been my constant companion on trail for 5+ years. It’s lightweight, packable, and doesn’t requiring priming to start. I love that it has a simmer function to keep meals from burning and can boil water in 2 minutes. Depending on the size of the canaster, a large pot on top of this stove can be unstable at a full boil. It can also be affected by wind as there’s no way to use a windscreen with it. MSR easily makes the best canister stove on the market with the Pocket Rocket.

Great for light weight stove

MSR has always been my go to for camp coming great because their stoves and burners are among the best you can get.
This stove I like to have handy during walk weather (either camping or climbing).
The lightness makes it easy to t take anywhere and you can boil a pot of water in no time.

For the winter I wouldn't recommend this, especially if you intend to be gone a while. Nation reason being that you just don't get the most out of the butane in the cold.
Instead i would highly recommend the MSR Whisper lite stove which runs on naphtha and last much longer. I can get a week plus out of a bottle.

So easy

This little stove is so small and easy it’s hard to say anything negative about it. Some other stoves cook faster, but for size and weight, this is my favorite!

Great option at the price

Can't really beat this little guy. It works wonders for backpacking and just plan old camping when you don't want to lug a big stove around. Also, packs done to nothing! And so lightweight! Love it!

Best all around backpacking stove currently available

I’ve owned and used an MSR Pocket Rocket 2 for almost 3 years. Having owned and still use several different kinds of stoves, this one is hands down my current favorite. It’s compact, light, sturdy, has simmer options, fuel canister are easily accessible in several sizes and you can purchase them in multiple countries. I’ve personally had it at around 14,000 ft elevation and as cold as -2 Fahrenheit. It’s preformed flawlessly in every conceivable condition. Can’t recommend this product highly enough.

Small but Mighty

This stove is my tried and true favourite. It's been reliable through all situations I've thrown at it, whether backpacking in the summer or car camping in the winter. The best part.... small enough to fit in my pocket.

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