Why We Chose the Primus Lite XL: Lightning-fast, compact, fuel-efficient
Primus are one of those brands that have become synonymous with their original area of expertise. Like Hoover for vacuum cleaners and Fairy for washing up liquid, so influential are Primus in the story of camping stoves that many still refer to any backpacking stove as ‘the Primus’. Primus stoves have played their part in mountaineering history too, having been used by Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, et al during the first ascent of Everest in 1953.
With a rich heritage on their side, it would be easy for Primus to become complacent. Recent years have seen brands like Jetboil, Soto and MSR creating some mightily impressive stove systems featuring lightning-fast boil times and innovative design features. Originally released in 2015, Primus’ Lite+ camping stoves have continued to challenge these upstarts and, in the Lite XL, they’ve created a highly efficient, portable stove system that can easily feed two thanks to its large, 1-litre capacity.
Who is the Primus Lite XL for?
The Lite XL is designed to be lightweight and portable, while its quick boil time is ideal for boil in the bag or rehydrated meals. This all points to a life on the trails and to an essential companion on wild camping expeditions. However, lone wolves are better served by a smaller, lighter stove, such a Primus’ own Lite+, as the Lite XL is designed with two people in mind.