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 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.
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.
- 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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