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Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove

Item #: 82406

Our Price: $34.97

Regular Price: $39.95

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Meet the Optimus Crux Lite backpacking stove, the heavy duty lightweight. It's a 2.7 oz. camp stove engineered to hide away under a gas canister. This seemingly impossible feat is accomplished with serrated pot supporters which are also designed to fold away for packing. It's hard to find a stove that's more compact and convenient than the Optimus Crux Lite. Why carry more than needed?
  • One of the world's lightest stoves.
  • Innovative packaging under gas canister.
  • Rating: Powerful 3000 W/ 10200 BTU.
  • Includes burner with valve, stuff bag and instructions.
  • Burn time: Up to 60 minutes at high maximum output using a 220 g/ 8 oz canister.
  • Boil time: 34 fl. oz. (1 L of water) Down to 3 minutes depending on climate, altitudes etc.
  • Fuel LP-gas 75/30 butane/propane (not included).
  • Size: 2.8 in. x 2.2 in. x 2.2 in. (when folded).
  • Weight: 2.7 oz. (77 g.).

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Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (20)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Easy to light (18)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Stable (11)

Cons

  • Poor temperature control (5)

Best Uses

  • Backpacking (20)
  • Hiking (15)
  • Car camping (7)
  • High altitude (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (12), Casual/ recreational (8)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Survivalist / minimalist (13), Comfort driven (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

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4.0

Well Made

By WMD Outdoor

from Cumberland, MD

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Unstable

Best Uses

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycle touring
  • Hiking

Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

Well Made and appears durable. Used on a recent weekend backcpacking trip. Arms that hold cookware begin to get stuff and a little difficult to fold out after a couple of uses.

  • What Is Your Gear Style:
  • Comfort Driven
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Great Heat Output, Light Weight

By Bill

from Northeast US.

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Light
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • Car Camping
    • High Altitude
    • Hiking

    Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

    Great lightweight stove. Fits well with the Optimus Solo or Weekend. Nice to keep for emergency use in the car.

    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort Driven
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Works great!!

    By Scout Sniper

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Light
    • Great temperature control
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • High Altitude

      Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

      I meant to get the folding version but I didn't pay attention when I ordered. I'm glad I didn't spend the extra money... It fits just perfect in my GSI Soloist mug with fuel canister, spork and the lid.

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Minimalist
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great Stove!

      By Chilton

      from York SC

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Clean
      • Easy to Light
      • Good temp control
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not As Stable

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking

      Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

      I would not call myself a minimalist, however I take less and less on each trip I take. I strive to get lighter and smaller, constantly updating and evaluating my equipment. I used an MSR Pocket rocket and found that it didn't fit well in my cook-kit Plus the temp control was hard to adjust. This stove helped in both areas. the only down fall was that it feels slightly less stable than the Pocket Rocket (however none of the Isopro stoves are really stable). All in all I gained everything that I wanted to gain.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Simple and effective

      By Jakerbravo

      from DeForest, WI

      About Me Avid Adventurer

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Light
      • Great temperature control
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • High Altitude
        • Hiking

        Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

        Packs easily into a cooking pot with a small fuel canister. Highly controllable and convenient.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nice litle stove

        By dc9mm

        from Buffalo NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Light
        • Great temperature control

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking
          • Kayaking

          Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

          Just got this stove. I timed how long to boil 16 ounce of water. I did it twice and average time was 3 minutes 20 seconds. The ad says it can boil 32 ounces at around that time. I kinda doubt it. I used the pot that comes with the kit for this stove which is aluminum.Still pretty quick. And yes the fold out arms after just two times of use are harder to fold in already. Still seems like it will do what I need it to do. Oh it was real windy when I tested it, about 20 mph with 30 mph gusts so that might have effected cook time to boil. At least I know heavy winds wont blow it over or out.

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Comfort Driven
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great little stove!

          By Bullman

          from Wilmington, NC

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Light
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking

            Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

            Wanted to buy a lighter stove as I am now trying to backpack with much less overall pack weight. Have used other brands and they worked fine but I liked that this stove was both lighter than the pocket rocket and seemed to have better flame control. I wouldn't use this stove for large pans or for a backpacker oven, but for going light you can't beat it!

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Minimalist
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent little stove!

            By Liltxlez

            from League City, Texas

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Light
            • Great temperature control
            • Lightweight
            • Not heavy or bulky
            • Powerful
            • So tiny
            • Stable

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping
            • Cooking boiling water
            • Cooking in the out doors
            • Hiking

            Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

            It works great, cooks evenly and is very easy to use and ultralight! The only trouble I have is finding it in my Molly bag. I only regret I could not afford the cooking pot kit or the Optimus Nova after an on the job spine injury.

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Minimalist
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Quality Workmanship

            By Chris Doerner

            from Cary, NC

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Light
            • Great temperature control
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Had to bend the arms

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Car Camping
            • Hiking

            Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

            This is exactly what I had expected when ordering. I live and hike mostly in North Carolina. This thing is super light and well made. I had to bent the articulating arms a bit to open and close more easily but this was no big deal. I have yet to use it in windy conditions but am sure it will do fine. I am not sure about the efficiency but again expect great results.

            Keep it light! Chris Doerner

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Minimalist
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove

            By Joyce

            from Yakima, Washington

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Light
            • Easy to use for a child
            • Great temperature control
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking
              • Great for Boy Scouts
              • Hiking

              Comments about Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove:

              Was used by an 11 year old Boy Scout. Heated his dinner and breakfast fast. Was used for simple packaged meals. Was used under parent supervision.

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Minimalist
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              • Q:

                Can you use white gas?
                Asked on 12/2/2013 by Abby from United States

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove will not be able to use White gas, it can only use Isopro.

                  Answered on 12/5/2013 by Steve from Campmor
              • Q:

                DOES THE BURNER HEAD ON THE LITE SHIFT LIKE THE BURNER HEAD DOES ON THE OPTIMUS CRUX OR IS THE BURNER HEAD ON THE LITE SET IN A FIXED POSITION?
                Asked on 2/21/2013 by Sparky from San Antonio

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The burner head will not shift.

                  Answered on 2/21/2013 by Matt from Campmor
              • Q:

                im confused,12 reviews,6 good temp. control,5 poor temp. control.question,how is the temp. control?
                Asked on 7/10/2012 by unk from metro boston

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Overall, I would say it is fine when boiling but simmering is more difficult. Fine tuning the flame at low levels is hard especially without the use of a windscreen.

                  Answered on 7/12/2012 by Betty
              • Q:

                Does this stove accept Camping Gaz butane cannisters? How about MSR and Coleman cannisters?
                Asked on 4/11/2012 by Anonymous

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The Optimus Crux Lite Backpacking Stove would work with MSR canisters not with Camping Gaz or Coleman powermax.

                  Answered on 4/12/2012 by Steve from Campmor
              • Q:

                Can I use Coleman Powermax propane/butane fuel with this product?
                Asked on 5/1/2011 by Anonymous

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Powermax fuels will not work with the Crux Lite.

                  Answered on 5/3/2011 by Steve from Campmor
              • Q:

                could you go into further detail about how this stove "head" connects into the hollow at the bottom of the feul canister, and does it mount in a non protruding way, or does it protrude ?
                Asked on 8/24/2010 by fingers from virginia

                3 answers

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The fuel canister has a protruding threaded post that you screw the stove down onto.

                  Answered on 8/30/2010 by Steve from Campmor
                • A:

                  lindal valve,protruding.

                  Answered on 7/10/2012 by unk from metro boston
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  It doesn't connect into the hollow at the bottom of the canister, but it can be stored there, reducing the space it takes inside your pack. Actually, I'm not sure it fits completely flush since the canister indentation is not that deep, but it fits nicely and, with both sliding inside my MRI cooking pot, the total result is a pretty compact cooking setup.

                  To use the stove, you simply screw the bottom of it into the threaded top of the canister. It's very easy to mount and remove. Much easier than my old liquid fuel stove.

                  And just to be clear, I think you would always want to unscrew it when not actually cooking. All of the canisters I have are "resealable" and you just screw the stove on and off. You can hear a slight leak until you snug it up and, when you take it off before the seal re-closes. If you packed it away with the stove screwed in, I think you'd risk an accident--but that's my thinking.

                  Answered on 11/2/2010 by Dale from Liberty, MO
              • Q:

                I take it this one attaches to a proprane canister not a fuel canister?
                Asked on 7/12/2010 by Curtis from CO

                2 answers

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Actually Fuel LP-gas 75/30 butane/propane (not included).

                  Answered on 7/16/2010 by Steve from Campmor
                • A:

                  im not sure what you have taken,this one uses lindal connection to a canister that contains 15-40% propane,the remainder n-butane and/or isobutane.it is a fuel canister.

                  Answered on 7/10/2012 by unk from metro boston
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