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Gear Review: Optimus Vega Stove

I’ve been reviewing the Optimus Vega Stove, a remote canister stove recently. I have had a soft spot for remote canister stoves for years, as I find them to be stable with larger pots (2 and 3 Liter for example), where they hug the ground and you are not worried about tipping. The other is the versatility in colder temperatures and at altitude. Canister stoves are not superior in cold weather, liquid fuel stoves shine, but with remote canister setups, you can flip the canister over, and it acts very similar. Colder than 0°C (32°F)? Invert the canister using the stand so it gets liquid fuel. You can go down to minus 20°C (-4° F) even. For where we live in the PNW, that covers nearly any situation I am in. I don’t much like being outside below 20°F anyways!

A very quick setup has one ready to cook. The stove doesn’t have a built in igniter, however, I don’t like those – it’s one less thing to break on a stove! Any lighter or match will work. The control for lowering and raising the flame is easy enough to do with liner gloves on. This is a chef’s stove, you can easily dial in the flame to an actual simmer. Not just “HOT” as many canister stoves are well known for. The stove comes with a storage pouch that allows one to tuck it into most 1.2 to 2 Liter pots. As for fuel, it’ll fit any standard canister: but always use brand name fuel, don’t be cheap – cheap fuel fouls up good stoves!

The Vega in action:

And a happy hiking partner, tucking into lunch, while Mom cleans up. He turned 20 today. Hard to believe not long ago he was behind me…..

FTC Disclaimer: We received product for potential review. All thoughts are ours.

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