Etekcity Rocket Stove Review

The Etekcity Rocket Stove is a cheap but not cheaply made little stove. It’s light weight but heavy duty. More Cliche`s.

Etekcity Rocket Stove

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The Etekcity stove is $10.99 on amazon and is a great buy. It consistently boils in around 3 minutes on my tests below. While I didn’t count the boil times during the video, on the video editing I did, and it boiled both times at 3 min 15 seconds or so each time. It’s rated pretty highly at 4.4 stars with 2,230 reviews right now.

Here it is getting some trail use last weekend on what was supposed to be the Donner Trail.


As concluded in the video below: the weight at 2.92 ounces, or 83 Grams.  It uses around a quarter ounce per boil on my tests (0.25 ounces or 7 Grams), from 40 degree F water. I used the 100 Gram version of this fuel for the test. I found the wind resistance to be acceptable for this stove, and the efficiency on the Etekcity is just below average. 7 grams of use will get you to 14 boils on a 100 gram canister.


– Its a great price.

– It’s rock solid, except for the ignition.

– It’s easy to take the ignition off, and it takes off a quarter ounce too.

– It’s decently wind resistant. A good strong gust will still put it out, but it’s WAAAY better than the BRS3000T.


– You have to take the Ignition off because they never work.

– The Etekcity isn’t that efficient. My MiniMo gets 20 boils per 100 gram canister.

Any way, the video is below.



Salomon Speedcross 3 Review

Lets take a break from the hiking trips for some reviews, reviews of shoes! Well, one shoe, my favorite hiking shoe, the Solomon Speedcross 3. I’ve been backpacking on these shoes for about a year and a half, and they are the most comfortable shoes I have used.

Things I like about them:

1. They have mesh uppers. Seriously, a site that can can breathe is a site that will save you from soggy and wet feet. Yes you will get your feet wet but they will also dry out this way. Waterproof shoes are great in winter, but in the summer they only trap your sweat, especially if your feet sweat like mine do.

2. They have a small amount of waterproofing at the bottom. About an inches worth so that your feet don’t get soaked by the shallow streams.

3. The lugs are very grippy. The lugs in this picture are worn down, but you get the idea, they are long and shaped so that nothing really gets caught in them.

This is after a pretty muddy hike through the Rawah Wilderness. We had just had a few hours of rain and hail.

The Ortho light insoles are soooo comfy. I could seriously wear these every day, and I know people that do.


4. They deal with wet in an unparalleled manner. The mesh combined with the lugs make walking on mud, snow, and rocks a totally confident experience.


20160820_215801On the way down from section 6 of the Colorado trail. There was A LOT of water.


20160701_110906downtrailSee? I’m the one under the silver umbrella.
While I love theses shoes and will probably buy another pair next year, there are always thingCons:

1. The lugs wear down kinda fast, especially on pavement. If theses are your only shows on a through hike, and you go into town be prepared for them to lose life faster than on trail. The lugs are a softer rubber, and probably it’s the right material otherwise using these would be like hiking in cleats.

2. Once the lugs are gone, the shoe becomes a slick. There is seriously nothing on the bottom of these other than the lugs.

3. They dry pretty  quickly, but that same inch of plastic on the bottom edge that keeps water out, also keeps the water from the top in. So they don’t dry as fast as they would without it. I don’t really have a great answer here, it’s one of those things that is good and bad.

Any way, overall these are the best shoes I’ve ever used for hiking. I whole heartedly recommend them.

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think, our any recommendations you might have.

Ricky has paid for theses shoes with his own money and is under no obligation to publish this review. All thoughts contained herein are his own.

Test of the Tato Gear ABMAX-13

Well I as many of you know, I recently got back from the Nine Line charity hike. Afterwards I took some time to just hang out, but I’m back on the beat now. The first thing I want to share is an  experience I had. Prior to the hike I learned we were going to be getting this stove to use on the trail. Now I LOVE alcohol stoves. They are light and reliable, and this one is no exception. The ABMAX- 13 is a simple stove consisting of a one piece milled body with the fold out legs, a small hose, 2 ounce bottle, and attachment lid.

This is where the issues started. It doesn’t seem hard to me, using this stove. But I’ll admit it could be streamlined. The instructions say to fill the bottle with alcohol, attach the bottle lid with the nipple on it, and attach the hose to the bottle and the nipple on the stove. Then squeeze the bottle until alcohol fills the stove. Light it on fire and set your pot on top. Wait till boiling. But many on the trip had issues with this process. First, and most common, is that the hose seemed to have a hard time staying on the stove’s nipple. So you’d be cooking and then BAM! Alcohol would spill, or even worse, you’d be squeezing the bottle and the hose would come off. To be fair, I used this stove exclusively on the week long trip and none of this happened to me, but I always double checked the connections. And there did always seem to be jokes about ways to make the hose stiffer so it would go on easier, but I can’t recall any of them. In the end, since we were having issues and it was getting close to fire season here in Colorado, the guides opted to not risk a fire on a major trail and just bought jet boils.

Now when I got home, I made these videos. Basically I noticed that the boil time was longer on this stove than my homemade pop can stove. And I was right.

For the test, I’m using regular denatured alcohol and 70 degree water. That’s freedom units, no Celsius. I know water in the mountains is 30 to 40 degrees, but my kettle is what I have that can give a measurement.

All of it together, is decently light. 1.6 ounces.

The stove itself, if you want to just fill it with alcohol and try to boil. It won’t, there isn’t enough room for fuel. That’s one of my gripes about this, you have just enough room in the stove to get it close but not all the way to a boil. This works in my opinion for a nice green tea, but not much else.

That’s one whole burn on the stove without the bottle reserve. It’s enough for about .7 ounces and the stove needs a little over an ounce for a full boil. Any way, the only other thing I have a gripe about is that on all the stoves I tried, one leg would stick. I wanted them all to just flip about loosely but only one did, the second would be tight, and the third stiff. Other than that, I just want it to be faster. It would be great for a person that likes to bake though, due to the cooler flame than a jet stove, and the ability to use the feed attachment.

As far as durability is concerned, the stove will last for a lifetime. It is milled out of a single piece of aluminum, and the legs are riveted on. The legs can take some weight too as I have put a gallon jug on them and they didn’t flex at all. Just as with all alcohol stoves, the bottom gets really hot and will melt to the top of painted surfaces such as picnic tables, so it’s best to use this on a hard uncoated surface. Or if you are on trail, clear the ground around you so you don’t start a fire or just use a rock.

Likes: Lightweight, Built in pot stand, great company.
Dislikes: Long boil time, overly complex, cannot boil with using the bottle setup.

I received this stove as part of a sponsored hike. I was under no compunction to review it, but as I found that information was hard to come by, I made sure I did.