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Soto Amicus Canister Stove

manufactured by :
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
44.95

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On September 25, 2015
Last modified:November 1, 2016

Summary:

The Soto Amicus Canister Camping stove is a quality stove for the cost if you want a stove that you can simmer food with and mix and match with a lot of different cook pots.

The Soto Amicus is a canister style backpacking stove with a built in pot stand and wind screen.
The Soto Amicus is a canister style backpacking stove with a built in pot stand and wind screen.

Soto is a Japanese manufacturer known for its high quality canister (Windmaster) and liquid fuel backpacking (Muka) stoves. Their newest canister stove, the Amicus (which means friend in Latin), is value priced at $44.95 with a built-in piezo igniter ($39.95 without) and includes many of the features found on their more expensive models including four folding pot stand supports and a recessed burner head that provides superior performance in windy conditions.

Rated at 10210 BTU, the Amicus has a standard screw-in Lindal valve making it compatible with standard isobutane canisters from Primus, Snow Peak, MSR, and Jetboil. Like the Windmaster, the ignter in the Amicus runs through the center post of the stove, protecting it from impact and creating reliable lighting performance.

The Amicus has four folding pot supports which are supported by small hooks making the stove easy to use with larger cook pots.
The Amicus has four folding pot supports which are supported by small hooks making the stove easy to use with larger cook pots.

The width of the pots supports is 4″ making this stove safe to use with wider cooking posts like the Evernew Titanium Pasta Pot (shown here). When not in use, the pot stand supports and simmer control fold up compactly, making this stove easy to store with a gas canister inside most small cook pots.

Recommendation

The Soto Amicus Stove is a very nice canister stove for camping and backpacking with all of the capabilities of the more expensive Soto Windmaster, except replaceable pot stand feet. I don’t think the latter is a net loss however, since everyone I know lost the separate pot stand attachments and having pot supports permanently attached to a canister stove is the way to go.

While I can only speculate about the reasons for the lower cost of the Amicus stove, I think the root cause is competition. Still, the Amicus is a quality stove for the cost if you want a stove that you can simmer food with and mix and match with a lot of different cook pots.

Specifications

  • Weight: 2.8 oz
  • Model Number: OD-1NVE
  • Fuel Tpe: Canister
  • Energy Rating: 2600 kcal/h (3030w, 10210 BTU)
  • Igniter: Piezo

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Disclosure: Soto provided Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) with a sample Amicus Stove for this review. 

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12 comments

  1. I wonder if this one does not have the micro regulator valve that provides optimal performance with cold empty canisters. Does it also help with canisters that are nearly empty? Looking at the pictures from the Soto website, the Windmaster and Microregulator stoves appear to have identical valves but the Amicus looks different. Perhaps this accounts for the lower cost? If so, that could be a significant difference in features. I did not see any info about it on the Soto web site.

  2. All these years later and my Amazon ultralight backpacking stove is still going strong. The price of these newer stoves makes it hard for me to justify replacing it.

  3. How does this perform in wind? Any better than the windmaster?

    • Same exact stove head. Same performance.

      • Ok. It’s just that in your windmaster review you seemed less than impressed with the performance of the recessed burner head and now you’re saying it provides “superior performance” in windy conditions. Is this just because you’ve had more time with the stove? I’m looking to get rid of my windscreen altogether and was wondering if this would be a good stove to own if I do.

      • I was less than impressed because it was so hyped, but it is somewhat ore efficient than a conical head like a snow peak giga power. But most people don’t really need wind screens for camister stoves. Just move behind a rock or tree, out of the wind before you cook.

      • I hear you. Don’t believe the hype. Maybe I’ll just pair this stove with some natural wind blockers like you say. Thanks! I love your blog! I hike in NH all the time. Maybe I’ll see you on the trail someday.

  4. I loved the original micro and some how lost it . Should I just replace it with another one or is this a worth upgrade?

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    Will the Amicus fit in the Evernew Pasta pot with a gas can?

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