Snow Peak LiteMax ($60)

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Canister

2.0 oz.

Very light and well-made.

Price jump for minimal weight savings.

For ultra lighters who scoff at”heavy” models like the “heavy,” MSR PocketRocket 2 and Soto’s WindMaster and Amicus above it’s the Amicus and Snow Peak are the best choices. LiteMax is similar to the screw-on model but is made from heavier and more expensive materials. A combination of aluminum and titanium cuts the weight by two ounces, which makes this LiteMax amongst the lightest stoves for canisters available. It also comes with great adjustable flames and supports arms with the most spacious base and the LiteMax has a hot burn for the type of stove it is.

What are the drawbacks that come with LiteMax? The Japan-based Snow Peak is known for quality and craftsmanship. The LiteMax is exquisitely designed but it’s also a very slow-moving boiler. We used one during an excursion to backpack through the North Cascades and could literally boil multiple kettles of water using our MSR WindBurner in much faster than it took just one pot to boil using the LiteMax. In addition, stability is affected because of the ultralight construction. It’s also less stable due to the ultralight design. MSR PocketRocket 2 isn’t a top performer in terms of stability or boil times however, it surpasses its predecessor, the LiteMax in both areas (and costs less than $10). Snow Peak also makes the well-known “GigaPower” 2.0, which is about an ounce heavier than LiteMax, but has four prongs (one higher than the standard LiteMax) for extra stability and an inbuilt igniter.