After a long day hiking, the last thing you want to do is fuss over what to eat. Having a solid cooking setup allows you to quickly prep meals and get those calories in your body.
Comments: I have used many stoves over the years and one of my favourites is the MSR MicroRocket, which I just purchased on my last trip. It comes its own carrying case and starter. I like this stove because when it is paired with the GSI Soloist, you have a super compact cooking solution.
Buy from Manufacturer | $59
Description: If you’re on a mission to reduce your load to the absolute minimum, this is your rocket. The MicroRocket stove is not just our smallest and lightest, it also delivers the best balance of weight, size, performance and price of any stove in its class. It fits easily inside an MSR® Insulated Mug, weighs a mere 2.6 oz. (73 g) and features outstanding stability. We also engineered the MicroRocket to maintain top-notch efficiency and power so the hard-earned weight savings aren’t lost carrying extra fuel.
Comments: The Pinnacle Soloist is a small compact cookset that works great when you want to keep your kit small.
Buy from MEC | $52
Description: Featuring a versatile, multi-sport design, our PhD® Outdoor Light Pattern Mid Crew includes ReliaWool™ technology for superior durability in high wear areas and the 4 Degree™ elite fit system to keep the sock in place. Now available in mid crew height. They have strategically placed mesh ventilation zones provide ventilation for temperature and moisture management, a flat knit durable toe seam and made of 61% Merino Wool, 36% Nylon and 3% Elastane.
Comments: The perfect solution for two when weight isn’t an issue. I generally only use this when car camping.
Buy from MEC | $76
Description: Whether it’s a romantic meal under a full moon or a belly-filling chilli with your climbing partner. The light materials and nesting design make it easy to carry for an overnight trip or a longer adventure. Set includes a 1.8L pot with strainer lid, two 590ml insulated cups, two 590ml bowls, two Sip-It lids, two telescoping spoons, a stove bag and stuff sack. Pot is made from Halulite™, a hard anodized aluminum alloy that conducts heat evenly, is abrasion resistant and has a scratch-proof Teflon coating. Pot features a double rolled rim, and a convenient folding handle that locks into place for cooking and also secures the entire set for transport. Transparent nylon lid has an integrated strainer and heat-proof silicone rim. Put the lid on during transport to prevent the pot from getting crushed. EVA insulated polypropylene mugs and bowls nest together, colour-coded for identification. Welded stuff sack doubles as a small sink or wash basin. Pot is designed to hold a 225g LPG canister and a small folding LPG stove in addition to the included dishware. (Note: stove and canister are not included.)
Comments: Jetboil is one insane product at getting that water boiling quickly. If you are looking for an all-in-one solution, this is a great addition to your kit.
Buy from REI | $100
Description: Whether you’re out on the river or up on the summit, the Jetboil Flash Cooking System gives you hot drinks or a quick, satisfying meal in just over 2 minutes. Makes 2 cups of boiling water in just over 2 min. (average boil time specification of 4 min. 30 sec. represents the time required to do 2 separate boils of 0.5 liter of water). Cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills. Fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability. 1.0 Liter FluxRing cooking cup has insulating cozy. Adjustable stainless-steel burner. Push-button igniter. Color-change heat indicator. Drink-through lid with pour spout and strainer. Bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and bowl. Stove burner and 100g fuel canister stow inside the cup; fuel canister sold separately.
Comments: The car camping dream product. I have yet to use this stove but plan to on an upcoming trip.
Buy from REI | $350
Description: The Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System is the world’s first complete cooking solution in one easy-to-carry travel bag. Compact folding 2-burner stove nests in pot. 5L FluxPot for industry-leading Jetboil fuel efficiency. 10 in. ceramic coated fry pan for nonstick performance. Jetboil engineered valve for advanced simmer control. Jetlink™ port for optional expansion of your cooking system (hose and additional stove sold separately). Easy-to-clean drip trays. Level igniter. System carrying bag with pocket for regulator fuel connection.