Optimus Vega Stove Review

optimus vega stove review


The Optimus Vega is a 4-season remote canister stove that is easy to set up and fun to cook with.  It’s lightweight and doesn’t take up much room in your backpack. Yet despite its small size and weight, the stove is stable enough to hold a large pot or frying pan due to good solid feet and ridged arms.

The Vega Stove is suitable for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts, from car-campers to thru-hikers. If you’re looking for a reliable and high-performance lightweight remote canister stove, Optimus Vega is the perfect choice.


I bought a new Optimus Vega Stove in April 2015 while preparing for my 10-day hiking trip on the Isle of Skye.

Field Data:

During the last six months, the stove was tested on two multi-day backpacking trips (Skye Trail, Trollheimen) and several day hiking trips in a variety of weather conditions (up to -3C) and elevations (1000m above sea level). I’ve cooked  all sorts of meals from breakfasts to desserts, including baked goods.

I’ve used Optimus Vega Stove with different size pots, frying pans and even a portable oven, and I have to say that I was impressed by stability and reliability it provides.

On almost all of my outings, the Vega Stove performed very well. The only issue I’ve faced was a weak flame control on low simmering. For a gourmet backpacker, this function is extremely important, especially when I use the stove together with an Outback Oven.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the Optimus Vega Stove and think it’s the best backpacking stove I’ve ever worked with.

Tech Specs:

Manufacturer: Katadyn Products, Inc.
Average Price:  EUR 94.95 (US $122.58)
Dimensions: 5.12 x 2.76 x 2.56 inches (130 x 70 x 65 mm)
Weight Listed: 6.28 oz (178 g)
Fuel: Butane/Isobutane/Propane Gas
Burning Time: Up to 160 minutes at max. output (230 g gas cartridge)
Cooking Time: Approx. 4.5 minutes for 1 liter of water
Material: Stainless steel, aluminum
Accessories: Stove bag, wind foil screen


  • Lightweight

  • Easy to set up and use

  • Great heat output

  • Performs well in a cold climate


  • Weak flame control on low simmer function

Best Uses:

Multi-day hiking/backpacking trips,  short trips, car-camping

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