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Primus Techno Trail Stoves Review

Primus Techno Trail


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· Canister fuel


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Weight
6oz


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Review Date
November 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: scsjohn ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I really like this stove. Its inexpensive, and lightweight. Its not as lightweight as some of the titanium stoves, but for $30, I can haul an extra 3 oz. Its sturdy and has great output. It fits inside my cup and is easy to use. I don't think there is a better stove for the money. It is really nice having the piezo lighter.

Only downside I have seen is that you might need a windscreen.

Customer Service:
Not had to use.

Similar Products Used:
Primus Multifuel, Coleman


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Review Date
October 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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 1 of 5

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3.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Eldorado_xx ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I'm taking this stove back to the store. I tried to quickly boil a pot of water and melted the plastic button on the piezo lighter. The plastic blobbed out and so did some sort of metal piece. The stove immediately stopped and is completely useless. How is it possible for a stove manufacturer to make integral parts, next to the flame, out of non-heat resistant plastic?

Customer Service:
No comments

Similar Products Used:
MSR Pocket Rocket, Bluet Gaz Stove


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Review Date
June 24, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: wadester ,  Backpacker

Summary:
This is a great little stove. I have been through countless canisters of fuel with absolutly no probelms. The electronic ignition has never failed me. It also boils water faster than any stove I have used or own. The only downfall for the stove is the weight. It is a little bit heavier than other stoves but we are only talking a couple of ounces so it has never been an issue. I would definitly buy this stove again although I probably won't have to because I think it is going to last forever.

Customer Service:
I have never had any problems with the stove so I don't know how Primus is, but REI's coustomer service is unmatched!!

Similar Products Used:
MSR Pocketrocket, Coleman exponet, Brunton Optimus Nova, Vaude Hot Rod.


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Review Date
November 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: cooler ,  Day Hiker

Summary:
This is my first Primus product, and I was impressed with it. I got tired of the Coleman Feather 400 for its weight, smell, and frequent need for maintenance. I wanted something clean and light, and I found it in this stove. Now called Yellowstone Techno Trail, I think.

It is compact, and it is built heavy-duty, unlike other similar stoves. It puts out a strong flame, and boils water in a zippy. I did not measure it, but I think it is not more than 4 min. for a liter on a calm day. And I never really felt it was critical to shave a minute or so on a hiking trail. At full throttle, you end up wasting the gas anyway, for your cookset is a small in diameter. It can handle a large pot quite adequately btu wise, but it is not designed to have too much weight on top.

I never took it to high altitude or used it in the snow. But for a regular camping and hiking around, it is perfect for me.

It folds small, and the design is pretty clever. The piezo lighting makes its use so simple and easy.

The two drawbacks: 1)the high cost of the canister; 2)when the canister is less than half full, the heat output suffers a little. Always carry two: one full canister besides the used one.

It is a great stove to have.

Customer Service:
Never needed one.

Similar Products Used:
Easy Fuel, Micro, Micron, Lite Trail, etc.


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Review Date
September 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Matt ,  Day Hiker

Summary:
Les Claypoole ROCKS !!!

No seriously, I've had my Primus stove for about a month now and I'm LOVING IT.
I've had an MSR Whisperlite for years - the old standard of backpacking stoves.

The Whisperlite is a great stove, but it was always a mess. You have to pour some gas into the little tray at the bottom, light that little puddle without losing your hair, and when you finally got the thing running yeah - it's burn like a jet baby but it would also leave black soot everywhere. A real pain in the ass.

I don't know when it was that I finally woke up and said " I need to look into gas stoves". Boy am I glad I did. I think I paid close to 40 bucks for it at REI (hey, that's what I get for shopping at REI), and the gas cans cost as well .. I think they're around 5 bucks for a small one.

However, the first time I used it I fell in love. I was doing a real short walk with the kids and we fired up it to boil water for a little Mountain House. It cooks up nice and quick, but the best part is it's so EASY !! If you're used to a white gas stove then you have no idea how much more convenient a gas stove is. It burns clean with no soot. By the time you're done eating, it's cooled down. With the Primus Techno Trail, the pot supports fold up nice and small too, so I actually store it inside my cup, then put the tank in my cup too. It makes one nice little bundle.

As far as various rumours about not using gas at altitude or in cold weather, let me offer some personal experience: this stove did great for me at over 8,000 feet in Colorado just a few weeks ago. You CANNOT TRAVEL with the gas cans, so I left mine here and just bought a new one out there. Perhaps the old butane ones wouldn't work under much duress, but now they're mixing various gases together to make them more ideal, and this one had no problem what-so-ever in the Rockies. I was at 14,000 feet earlier - wish I had remembered to test it at that height, but at that altitude I could barely remember my name.

I finally got myself

Customer Service:
Dunno

Similar Products Used:
MSR Whisperlite. Ok, not that similar.


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