If you’re looking for a stove that is as simple and as reliable and durable as possible while still offering plenty of unregulated power that gives YOU control over heat output, the PocketRocket 2 is a great choice. We also recommend the Soto Amicus for similar reasons.
The MSR Pocket Rocket 2 is one of the most highly-rated stoves based on BPL’s StoveBench testing. The ease of use and how neatly it packs away make carrying it and cooking with it a dream! I’ve shown new backpackers this stove, and their feedback has generally been along the lines of: “I always thought stoves were complicated and intimidating, but now I think I could bring one and cook on my trip.” – Anna Swarts