Expert Review: Soto Amicus Stove

This review is my own honest opinion of the stove, which I bought with my own money in November 2020.

Photo by Hannah Kaufman

Photo by Hannah Kaufman

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About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the stove, which I bought with my own money in November 2020.

My take

The Soto Amicus Stove Cookset Combo is great for backpacking trips, a picnic after a long day hike and everything in between. Its lightweight and sleek appearance makes this cookset packable and versatile.

Photo by Hannah Kaufman

About the gear

  • Model: Soto Amicus Stove Cookset Combo
  • Average Boil Time: 1:45 seconds (for 2 cups of water)
  • Fuel Type: Cannister

About me

  • Experience : 3 years

Test conditions

  • When I bought it: November 2020
  • Days tested: 14 days
  • Where I’ve used it: Section hiking PCT - Los Angeles, CA; Boulder, CO
  • Seasons I’ve used it in: Spring and Summer
  • Weather conditions I’ve used it in: Hot, windy, and cold
  • Used for: Car/tent camping, and backpacking
  • What I’ve primarily cooked in it: Home cooked meals, oatmeal, and some freeze dried meals

How it performs

Durability
4/5
Fuel Efficiency
4/5
Versatility
4/5
Weight
4/5

What I was looking for

I was looking for a lightweight and compact stove that would be perfect for 1-2 people. I needed something that I could cook for myself in or rehydrate some dehydrated options that I bought or made before the trip.

Why I chose this gear

I bought this product not only for its relatively cheap price ($44.95) but also because it had two pots that folded up nicely. I really enjoy cooking – especially outside. So having two pots, with one that doubles as a lid, is great for making separate dishes versus a one-pot meal even though there are plenty of one-pot meals I love to make!

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What I love about it

  • Time to boil: This simmers in a blink of an eye and boils in two blinks of an eye. For 2 cups of water, it averages 1 minute and 45 seconds which is perfect for my needs. Normally I start boiling water while I prep my ingredients so within the time the water needs to get reach the boiling point, I have a great amount of time to organize my meal.
  • Fuel Efficiency: This stove, with an 8-ounce canister (approx. 250g) can burn for 1.5 hours. For shorter trips this is perfect, however, if you plan on being in the backcountry for longer periods of time, I recommend bringing a few extra canisters.
  • Heat control: This stove produces a whopping BTU of 10,210, making it one of the hottest stoves on the market. There is a knob used to easily control the heat/flame for any cooking purposes.
  • Stability: The stove has 4 spring-loaded pot legs that easily fold out and are engineered for ultimate pot stability. That being said, always try to set up on as flat a surface as possible.
  • Wind resistance: This stove does not come with a wind guard, however, I used it in somewhat windy conditions and it still operated perfectly. However, it is always best for me to set up my stove behind something (my body or a big rock) that can help shield it from wind even if I don’t have a wind guard. The stove also has a raised burner crown which acts as a protection from the wind and does its job well.
  • Portability: The stove comes with an easy-to-carry mesh bag that easily fits everything when stacked up. The fuel canister and stove fit perfectly inside the two pots and fit easily inside the mesh bag.
  • Packability: This set has dimensions when stowed away of 5.1 x 5.1 x 3.9 / 4.7 x 4.7 x 2.4 inches and weighs just under 12 ounces, making it extremely packable. I can fit this in my daypack, backpacking pack, or even throw it (gently) anywhere in my car.
  • Ease of use: This stove set is so easy to use. Unfold the legs, set it down, and set my stove on top. The auto-ignite button is perfect if I forget my lighter or matches at home.
  • Features: The auto-ignite button, as mentioned above, is great when I forget my lighter. It simply makes this stove even easier to use. Don’t forget to unfold the handles before cooking!
  • Backpacking: This stove is great for backpacking. Perfect for a single person making meals on the trail in between those long hiking sections. It is also great for car/tent camping when you are only feeding yourself!

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Durability: The stove is amazing and is extremely durable. Although I have not personally experienced this, some users have mentioned rust on the pots after multiple uses.
  • Car Camping: If I am car camping by myself, this is a great stove. However, if there are more people, obviously this is not a big enough stove or cookset to feed everyone. Keep that in mind when deciding on a group size.

Favorite moment with this stove

The first time I used this stove was after a long day hiking a peak in the Santa Monica Mountain Range. It was a very brisk, cold afternoon and I was ready for some tea to warm up my hands. I grabbed my stove and pot from my pack, poured two cups of water, and let it boil. A couple of minutes later I had a warm mug of tea! I could smell the salt from the ocean, watch the sun start to set behind the mountains, and hear the wind rushing through the tall grasses. Anytime I have a warm drink in a mug on top of a mountain I have a smile on my face.

Value for the money vs. other options

Many ultralight backpackers are used to setting down $100 or more for a nice stove and cookset that will last them on the next thru-hike. While I haven’t owned this stove for too long yet, I can confidently say that at less than $50, this cookset uses high-quality material and gets the job done. From tofu curry to my many oatmeal recipes, this stove can do it all.

Final verdict

I love this stove and cookset. From the weight to the ease of use and packability, it has fit all my wants in a cookset and I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a single person stove and pot.

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Although I've been hiking for most of my life, I didn't start backpacking and camping until college when I joined the University Outdoors Club at my school. My first backpacking trip was ambitious, the Batona Trail in the Pinelands in New Jersey done in two days. To do that, we had to walk a maratho...

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