MSR PocketRocket 2 Review

If you’re into backpacking and looking for a reliable and lightweight stove, then the MSR PocketRocket might be just what you need. It’s a reliable favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, and I’ve been using mine for nearly a decade. In 2019, MSR released an updated version of this classic stove, the PocketRocket 2, which is even lighter than the original by half an ounce.  MSR is a highly respected gear manufacturer and the stove is reasonably priced for the quality you get.

The MSR PocketRocket 2 is a simple stove that is easy to use, making it a great choice for first-time backpackers. It has three arms that fold down for compact storage, a Windclip to prevent the stove from blowing out in strong winds, and a toggle to adjust the flame for cooking. The stove also comes with a hard-shell case, and there is a deluxe model that includes a built-in Piezo lighter and pressure regulator. The PocketRocket 2 has a three-year warranty.

MSR PocketRocket 2 Features & Specs

  • Boils 1 liter of water in only 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Three arms that fold down for compact storage
  • Includes a hard-shell case
  • It also comes in a deluxe model that includes a built-in Piezo lighter and pressure regulator
  • Fuel not included
  • Three-year warranty

1.3×1.3 inches (3.5×3.5 cm)


3.1 inches (8 cm)


2.6 oz (73 grams)

Heat output

8200 BTU

Time to boil

3.5 minutes for a liter of water

Fuel types

Isobutane/propane canister

How To Use The MSR PocketRocket 2

To use the MSR PocketRocket 2, unfold the arms, screw the stove into your isobutane canister, turn the flame adjuster counterclockwise until you hear a light hiss, and light your stove. Then, add your cooking pot and turn up the flames to the highest setting to boil your water, or leave it on a simmer if you are cooking something more gourmet. To turn off the stove, turn the flame adjuster clockwise. The metal cools down fast, so give it 30 seconds and it’s ready to pack up.

How Has PocketRocket 2 Held Up?

I’ve been using the PocketRocket stove for over ten years and it’s still going strong, thanks to its sturdy design. I don’t always treat it with the best care, but it has held up remarkably well. I’ve even lost the original red casing it came in and just toss it into my cooking box with my other gear. On the trail, I often toss it directly into my pot, fuel and lighter included. Sometimes I try to arrange the pieces to avoid noise, other times I take my chances. At home, I just chuck it into the box without worry. Despite all of this, the stove looks great and still works like a charm.

PocketRocket 2 introduction
How to unfold PocketRocket 2
PocketRocket 2 Deluxe features

What Are The Pros Of PocketRocket 2?

Backpackers want gear that’s light, performs well, and lasts. The MSR PocketRocket 2 nails all three. At just 2.6 ounces, it’s one of the lightest canister stoves around. In fact, it’s even lighter than the Soto Amicus, its closest competitor, and that’s including all the extra features in the deluxe version.

But it’s not just about weight—the PocketRocket 2 is also efficient. It can boil water faster than alcohol stoves, and is significantly lighter than JetBoil or the MSR Windburner. The difference in boiling time is only a minute or so, so you won’t even notice the extra time it takes.

Finally, the MSR PocketRocket 2 is built to last. While it’s only been on the market since 2019, early reviews suggest it’ll hold up just as well as its predecessors, which lasted for a decade. So if you’re looking for a lightweight, high-performing stove that’ll last you for years to come, the MSR PocketRocket 2 is definitely worth considering.

What Are The Cons Of PocketRocket 2?

Most PocketRocket 2 issues are solved with the Deluxe version. PocketRocket is missing a pressure regulator so you’ll have trouble in cold temperatures. The burner head is very exposed and even a slight breeze will have a drastic negative impact on the stoves performance.

In terms of portability, folding down the legs on the Pocket Rocket 2 takes a bit of origami know-how, but it’s still manageable. Although I’ve never had any issues with the legs staying up or down, I prefer to keep them up when not in use for added stability. The stove’s structural integrity is strong, and it’s more compact than the original version. You can even fit both the fuel and stove into a one-person pot, which is a game-changer for packing.

PocketRocket 2 vS PocketRocket Deluxe

PocketRocket Deluxe, the newest member of the PocketRocket family. The PocketRocket Deluxe brings some serious upgrades to the camping table. MSR added piezo igniter and pressure regulator to the Deluxe. These additions are game-changers, especially when you’re tackling cold temperatures and high altitudes. All the goodness comes at a slight increase in size, weight, a mere 0.3 ounces and half an inch. Also expect a $30 USD price bump from PocketRocket 2.

Pressure Regulator: Keeping the Flame Strong!

Ever been in the wild, craving a hot meal, only to have your stove throw a tantrum because it’s too darn cold? Those troubles are history with the PocketRocket Deluxe. Thanks to its pressure regulator, the Deluxe handles cold temperatures and low fuel levels very well. The pressure regulator brings your PocketRocket Deluxe into the upper echelon of stoves, conquering all environmental challenges for that speedy, satisfying meal.

Piezo Ignition: Lighting the Fire with a Push

The Deluxe has a built-in piezo lighter, just push a button, and voila! Push-start igniters can present a weak point on a stove and are known to stop working from time to time so you should always have alternative method for igniting your stove. MRS developed their piezo igniter with durability in mind, wire is routed up through the stove body so there’s nothing hanging on the exterior of the stove that could catch and the electrode igniter is set deep within the burner cup for maximum protection.

Broad Burner: Where Size Does Matter

The Deluxe edition has a wider burner design that spreads the flame’s focus for more even heating. Plus, the burner’s wind lip is adds a layer of wind resistance, enhancing efficiency and keeping your cooking game strong even in gusty conditions.

In a nutshell, the PocketRocket Deluxe is like the upgraded version of the crowd favourite, it’s faster, smarter, and ready for any adventure you throw at it. We have both versions in our inventory and the higher price is worth the improvements you get.

PocketRocket Deluxe Introduction


Backpackers and backpack hunters who want a reliable and efficient stove should consider the PocketRocket. This stove is simple to use and has a great track record for performing when it matters most. Even though there are other stoves on the market, many outdoor enthusiasts keep coming back to the PocketRocket because of its dependability and ease of use. With this stove in your kit, you can have peace of mind that you’ll be able to cook up a hot meal no matter where your adventure takes you. If you’re looking for upgrade to the classic, consider the Deluxe version to have even more versatile stove in your arsenal.

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