Why we chose it: low weight, packs down small, stove supports keep your pot extra stable, handy pouring spout.
There are a whole host of fancy backpacking stoves and cooking pots available to buy out there. For most adventures though, having a simple set up that packs away into itself is far more practical than carrying a complicated stove that runs on every type of fuel and is designed to function at 6000m in the Himalaya. With the Optimus Crux Lite Solo, you get an elegantly-simple and lightweight system. It includes a small gas burner, as well as a cook pot and frying pan that doubles as a lid. The whole lot slots together and packs down easily. It also weighs in at just 272g.
Who Is The Optimus Crux Lite Solo For?
Solo hikers, backpackers and campers will all appreciate this simple and lightweight cooking system. When you’re cooking for one while on the trail, having a 600ml pot that can fit a small gas cylinder inside is all that’s really needed and it will save valuable space in your rucksack. For those who are extra conscious about cutting weight, and are prepared to spend more cash, a lighter titanium pot might be preferred, but for most people this shouldn’t be an issue.
Materials and Construction:
The 600ml pot and lid are constructed from hard-anodised aluminium. This is cheaper than titanium whilst still remaining lightweight, tough and easy to clean. The fold out handles on the pot and frying pan lid are also both coated with a grippy rubber. This means that you don’t burn your fingers when picking them up.