Skip to content Skip to search Skip to my account Skip to main navigation Skip to footer navigation Skip to Company Information Links
Campmor

1-888-226-7667

catalog request gift registry customer service

Gear Gurus More Links
Deal of the Day!
my cart my cart -


Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove

Item #: 82424

Our Price: $179.98

Regular Price: $200.00

SAVINGS: $20.02 (11%)

While They Last!

Hot Deal

Rugged and compact, the Optimus Hiker+ backpacking stove is a classic. No matter how bad it gets out there you'll be doing fine. For 70 years this camp stove has been getting the job done, but in spite of that Optimus has made it even better. The burner has been replaced with a patented, quick priming single jet burner. Now you can not only sustain a big flame on any peak or pole, you're also able to fix some of the finest meals that nature has ever witnessed.
  • Single jet multi-fuel technology enables a wide use of liquid fuels using a single jet, thus minimizing maintenance.
  • Quick-priming patented burner requires less preheating which reduces fuel consumption.
  • Because of integrated tank, Optimus Hiker guarantees a good pressure build up and safe operations even under cold conditions.
  • The tank and burner arrangement is contained in a durable steel case with a carrying handle.
  • One piece design requires no assembly, just open the lid and this legendary workhorse is ready for cooking.
  • Safety pressure release valve included in tank lid.
  • Rugged steel case with carrying handle protects the tank and burner when packed.
  • Magic™ built in cleaning needle operated by magnetic forces ensures that the burner jet is clear every time the stove is turned on.
  • Includes burner with valve ,stainless steel casing and instructions.
  • Rating: 2850W.
  • Burn time:Up to 2 hours at maximum output on one filling with M size fuel bottle, using 350 ml/ 12 fl. oz. fuel.
  • Boil time: 34 fl oz.(1 L of water) Down to 3.5 minutes depending on climate, altitudes etc.
  • Fuel : Optimus Arctic fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel, jet fuel (not included).
  • Size: 7 in. x 7 in. x 4.3 in. (when folded).
  • Weight: 56 oz. (1590 g).

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove
 
3.4

(based on 14 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (12)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Great temperature control (7)
  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to clean (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)
  • Difficult to light (4)

Best Uses

  • Car camping (9)
  • Backpacking (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (8), Avid adventurer (5)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort driven (6), Survivalist / minimalist (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Reviewed by 14 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
2.0

State of the art... in 1975

By Rockasaurus

from Wisconsin

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

      Used this stove on a recent backpacking trip. There's Nothing wrong with the stove's function, but it's bulky, overbuilt and weighs a ton.

      I have no idea why anyone would carry a monster like this when there are so many other models that work just as well at a fraction of the weight and size.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect Stove

      By Mark

      from Costa Mesa, Ca.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Function
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Great For The Boat

        Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

        Great that this uses the same fuel as the boat.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        After hydrating the plunger it worked

        By Smoke master

        from The beach

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Stable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Car Camping

        Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

        The plunger has to be hydrated so that it fits snugly.

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

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice for car camping.

        By Richard

        from Vero Beach, FL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Car Camping

          Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

          Although it looks vaguely like an 8R make no mistake, it's far from it. It's huge and heavy. Even knowing that in advance still didn't quite prepare me. I bought it for car/scooter camping though so size/weight is not a big deal.I had read reviews and knew to flush the tank before using. Although I don't feel that should have been necessary, it wasn't a huge deal since I knew to do that before having it clog.It is convenient like an 8R, fold out, prime and cook. It has pot supports capable of holding a nice sized pan and doing some actual cooking. It simmers decent and also burns vigorously.The downsides:(1) The fact that it comes with a dirty tank.(2) The pump handle sticks out just far enough when pressurized to not allow it to close without holding the pump in. And it sticks out while cooking... just looking not quite so well thought out.(3) The little door that folds down seems to fit sorta haphazard. Just seems to not fit very precise.(4) The latch is cockeyed, sorta twisted and although functional bugs me severely.In short, I strongly suspect, and can see in the lack of pride and quality of workmanship that this stove, sadly similar to the new model Sveas is most likely made in [*].The pride/quality is gone and truthfully, next time I'll hit up [@] for the real "Made in Sweden" stoves.

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

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          After clean out, works like gang-busters

          By Oldie Moldy

          from Friday Harbor WA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Powerful
          • Stable
          • Tough as boiled owls

          Cons

          • Needs major cleaning out

          Best Uses

          • Base camp canoe camp
          • Car Camping

          Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

          The design works well. There is a huge amount of rubbish left inside from when it was made. If you don't clean it out it WILL plug up. SOLUTION: Take it all apart and clean everything three times. I'm not kidding. Buy the extra spare parts kit for the stove. The good news is that after the complete disassembly and rigorous cleaning you will really know your stove. Do all this at home where you have all the tools you need and plenty of time, not while camping with it for the first time. You will need to acquire the few tools needed to take it apart in the field and remember to bring them along. Learn how the stove works at home, practice with it. I use denatured alcohol to prime/preheat the burner so that when the kerosene arrives at the burner it will burn with a nice clean blue flame. Hobby stores carry plastic eyedroppers that work great for the alcohol. Yep, it is a PITA to take the thing apart and clean it but sooner or later you would have gotten dirt in it anyway and now you know how to do it. After all the dust settles you are the owner of a stove that will work well no matter what and when any problems come up you know how to master them!

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

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          One of a few kerosene burners

          By CanAmSteve

          from Maine

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Stable

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Difficult to Clean
          • Difficult to Light

          Best Uses

          • Car Camping

          Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

          I suspect some of the reviewers mistake this for the old 8R stove. It looks similar, but is about three times larger. The quality has gone downhill, but it does work and can burn a variety of fuels, including diesel, which for some people is important since they may be using a diesel fueled vehicle.

          These stoves are messy to light (with preheating required for kerosene and diesel use) and while supposedly self-pressurizing can need a boost to keep going. But they are pretty stable and have decent heat output and fold up into their own case.

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

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not that good

          By George Burdell

          from Louisiana

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Powerful
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Difficult to Clean
          • Difficult to Light

          Best Uses

          • Car Camping

          Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

          Extremely complicated and very difficult to light. Takes several efforts to get it started, and it is not easy. Once running, it does a good job. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to get it started - and it's a MESS to do. Carbon deposition is a significant issue with cleaning.

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

          Comment on this review

           
          2.0

          Potentially Great Product, but...

          By Daddy of Four

          from San Antonio

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great temperature control
          • Powerful
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Poor quality
          • Pricey poor value

          Best Uses

            Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

            I bought this to use on Scouting campouts, since I could fill it for the entire campout. I like that it was multifuel, just in case. But unfortunately, it is a poor excuse for what it used to be. It is difficult to open without three hands. When the tank is pressurized, the pump handle sticks out and you cannot close the lid. The pump handle does not screw down when pressurized. The flame adjustment knob did not fit right; even though it is just tubing with a slot cut into it , it would only fit one way. The green part of the knob kept falling off. The knob has a hex-shaped hole for a rounded diamond-shaped shaft. It is rather heavy, but I knew that already. Overall, I was very displeased with the quality of the stove. I returned it no problem.

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

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Optimus Hiker.

            By Snake bite

            from Scappoose,Oregon.

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Light
            • Great temperature control
            • Group backpacking only
            • Powerful
            • Stable
            • To large for solo packer

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Car Camping

              Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

              great for cooking large meals.To large for a solo backpacker.Group camping

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

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              8R Redux

              By Keith

              from VA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great temperature control
              • Powerful
              • Stable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking
                • High Altitude

                Comments about Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove:

                I've had my Optimus 8R earlier version since the mid-70s when it was under $30. Still works great today. A real blowtorch. Simple. Self contained. Easy to use with some practice. Heavy compared to a mini- canister or alcohol stove. Spilled fuel stinks, but is fairly economical. Expensive, but line a Svea 123, a classic.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                Displaying reviews 1-10

                Back to top

                Previous | Next »

                Do you have questions about this product?

                get answers from real customers and in-house experts with AnswerBox.

                11 Questions | 13 Answers
                Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »
                • Q:

                  Where is this stove made?
                  Asked on 3/27/2014 by mike from wisconsin

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The Katadyn Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove is made in China.

                    Answered on 3/28/2014 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  What type of metal is the fuel tank made of.
                  Asked on 5/15/2012 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The fuel tank is made of steel.

                    Answered on 5/16/2012 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  What kind of metal is the fuel tank made of - is it brass like the original ones, or steel that will rust out in time?
                  Asked on 4/18/2012 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove fuel tank is made of metal with brass fittings and pump.

                    Answered on 4/19/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  where can find a replacement domed difflector that creates flame to expand
                  for '70's optimus 8r lost it hiking
                  Asked on 1/26/2012 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                • Q:

                  I have an old 8R from the early 70's I'd like to replace the gaskets & seals in it, are there parts available?
                  Asked on 1/4/2012 by Jim from Kennewick, WA

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    For older model stove repair and parts contact A+H Enterprises.
                    http://packstoves.net/cart/

                    Answered on 1/9/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  what material is the fuel tank made of?
                  Asked on 8/27/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The fuel tank is made of metal.

                    Answered on 8/30/2011 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  What is the capacity of the fuel tank attached to this stove?
                  Asked on 5/23/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The fuel capacity is twelve ounces.

                    Answered on 5/24/2011 by Anonymous
                • Q:

                  What is the capacity of the fuel tank, on this stove?
                  Or, how much liquid gas does the fuel tank hold?
                  Asked on 5/21/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    12 fluid oz

                    Answered on 5/23/2011 by Anonymous
                • Q:

                  what is the weight...in pounds
                  Asked on 3/14/2011 by stan the man from bakersfield,ca

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove weighs 3 lbs. 8 ozs.

                    Answered on 3/14/2011 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  What is the maxium low temp condition
                  that the stove wlll operate in?
                  Asked on 11/27/2010 by Tim from Duluth,minnesota

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Optimus Optimus Hiker+ Backpacking Stove is a liquid fuels stove so it can function in extreme cold. I have used mine at below -20F

                    Answered on 11/30/2010 by Steve from Campmor
                Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »

                Do you have a question about this product? 

                Would these items help you out on your next adventure?

                Questions?


                8am - 10pm ET, Monday through Friday
                9am to 7pm ET, Saturday

                or call us at (800) 525-4784
                 
                More Ways To Shop
                Shop By Brand
                The best names in outdoor equipment

                Shop Specials
                Check out the latest price breaks.

                Shop TrailMail
                Check out the newest edition of our TrailMail e-mail.
                From The Gear Gurus
                Tent Info & FAQ
                Quick look up for your tent information.

                Pack Care & Fit
                See which pack is meant for you.

                Sleeping Bag Insulation & Care
                Information on how to care for your sleeping bag.

                Need Assistance?
                Live Chat
                Need immediate assistance?

                Customer Service
                1-800-525-4784

                Order Tracking
                Where is your order?

                Company Information
                Order now via phone: 1-888-226-7667

                Find Campmor On
                 
                           
                Additional Information
                10.86.145.40, spp09comm02s