The Primus Eta Express has gradually evolved into a great practical camping and backpacking stove. For £95 you get a burner with piezo ignition, a windshield, and a cooking pot with a lid that includes a colander and a plastic bowl. Everything packs into a stuffsack, but it doesn’t pack down as neatly as it could with a little more refinement. But I do like how the windshield clips to the burner with a magnet and the pot lid has a silicone grip so you can remove it easily without burning yourself. The pot also has fold-out handles, so again it’s easy to use. The pot itself is 14cm in diameter, so you can use it to cook food as well as just heat water, making this a more flexible cooking system than some other designs. The lid is also made from clear plastic, so you can see what’s happening without having to remove it. For maximum efficiency there’s a heat exchanger on the base of the pan, and the pan sits directly on the burner supports. Those pan supports don’t curve inwards like some stoves and the burner doesn’t directly attach to them, so it can slide around more easily than some. But this is a tiny niggle really, as the overall performance of the Primus Eta Express is superb and I expect it to continually evolve.
Includes dedicated pot, windbreak, plastic bowl, lid, stuffsack
Packed size 14x14x11cm
Pan support diameter 14cm
Weight (without fuel) 102g burner + 392g pan set and windshield
The Primus Eta Express is well-priced, is practical and continues to improve, which is a tasty recipe for a wide range of campers and backpackers. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014