Sunday, 8 August 2010

Trangia or Pocket Rocket?

(picture taken from cyberjunkies)

I'm looking to invest in a new stove for camping/hiking and have just borrowed a Trangia 25-1 (aluminium version) off a friend, which although designed for groups of 3-4 people, will hopefully give me a good idea of what they're like. We're due to go on a canoeing trip in a couple of weeks, so it should see some use fairly soon! Trangia do produce a slightly smaller, more lightweight version (Series 27) designed for 1-2 people though, which would probably be the one I'd buy if I decide to go for a Trangia. Ida's dad has had a Trangia is whole life and swears buy it, as they have it all and are fairly compact (considering it comes complete with two saucepans, a frying pan, upper and lower windshields, a burner, a pan grip and strap!), so I guess they can't be too bad!

The other main contender is the MSR Pocket Rocket, which is exactly what it says it is. It only weighs 85g and whereas the Trangia comes complete with a whole array of pans, this is just a stove. So technically, all you need is to combine this with a lightweight pan/pot of some sort and you're laughing.

So do I go with the slightly more expensive, tried and tested classic Trangia, complete with everything you need or the more modern, lighter, cheaper Pocket Rocket?

What do you recommend??

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