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The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2021

There’s nothing quite like the simple luxury of a hot meal after a grueling day on trail. It’s one of those things that make us fall in love with thru-hiking despite the aches and pains, relentless weather, and occasional soul-crushing loneliness. Carrying a backpacking stove also provides a measure of insurance against unexpected weather, as hot food and water can provide a much-needed dose of heat when the mercury drops. The best backpacking stoves weigh little, burn fuel efficiently, and boil water so quickly you’ll be sipping your morning brew before your campmates even roll out of bed. In this article, we share our top picks for thru-hiking stoves and tips on how to choose.

Best Backpacking Stoves: Quick Navigation

Jetboil Flash
Fastest Boil
MSR PocketRocket
AT Hikers’ Favorite
SnowPeak LiteMax
Best Ultralight
Soto Amicus
Most Stable
Jetboil Stash
Most Efficient
BRS 3000T
Most Affordable
Esbit Pocket Stove
Best Solid Fuel Stove
Solo Stove Lite
Best Woodburning Stove

Interested in learning more? Continue reading more tips and tricks for cooking while backpacking here.


August 31, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz


The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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