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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Crux

Manufacturer: Optimus

Your Opinion: 
 - 2 Votes


Page By: D Smith

Created/Edited: Jun 15, 2004 / Jun 15, 2004

Object ID: 1092

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From REI.com:

This stove's compact, clever design is an award winner!
  • This stove is so compact, its carrying case is designed to fit in the concave bottom of a fuel cartridge!
  • Cleverly engineered construction allows the stove to be folded for compact storage; spring-loaded design easily snaps into operating position
  • Two-inch burner head spreads the flame evenly; flip-out pot supports provide a 4.5 inch cooking surface and directional windscreen
  • Spring-tensioned flame-control valve adjusts flame from steady simmer to rolling boil; control wire is sized for glove-friendly operation
  • Unique storage bag is designed to attach to the bottom of a Brunton® butane fuel cartridge, sold separately
  • Brunton Can Stand sold separately

  • Reviews

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    D SmithUntitled Review

    Voted 4/5

    I am really impressed with the simplicity and compactness of this stove's design. The under-the-canister storage mechanism is brilliant. This stove boils water very fast, and the simmer controls are very good.

    Kind of expensive, but definitely a must-have for weekend backpacking trips when you want to go light.

    (8/2/2004 update)
    I am downgrading my rating for this stove from 5 to 4 stars: On a recent backpacking trip in Alaska with 5 other people, I had some problems with the fold-out pot supports on this stove.

    Optimus has greatly sacrificed strength and stability to keep this stove light and compact -- At high heat, the supports would become red-hot and eventually bend under the weight of a full pot of boiling water, thus spilling the contents. I was able to bend them back using a metal fork while the flame was still going, but still kind of a pain (and I wasted a liter of near-boiling water.)

    So, my overall assessment is that this is a great stove if you're cooking just for yourself or small (< 1 liter) amounts of water, but definitely not good for large amounts (> 1 liter of water) or if constant stirring or use of a spatula is involved.
    Posted Jun 15, 2004 3:36 pm


    Voted 1/5

    I had one of these a couple of years ago.It stopped working after about a year of use.I tried to dissasemble the stove to find the cause of the malfunction,but with no sucsess.Before it died i found it to be an ok stove,but the folding system and pot support was easily bent when using normal size pots.This stove is obviously designed for small titanium pots.
    Posted May 17, 2009 6:45 am

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