Well, maybe. But maybe not. Maybe there's more to it than that. Let's keep reading, and we shall see.
UPDATE 18 December 2017: My finalized Review of the Soto Amicus is now available.
|The New Soto Amicus|
OK, so why am I excited? Well, I'll tell you. But rather than a long winded technical explanation, just watch this short, three minute video, and then let's go from there.
OK, now did you see that in the video? The stove on the left, the Soto Windmaster, beat the stove on the right by almost a full minute.
And did you catch what I said? The Windmaster won every time. And believe you me, I ran test after test after test. Due to the circumstances of my life, this stove, the Windmaster, is probably the most thoroughly tested of any stove I own.
Let me explain:
I had a job end a few years ago. I had been with the company for over 21 years, but they let me go. I hadn't looked for a job in a long, long time. The world had changed. There really wasn't much of an internet when I had last looked for job. Now I was a tech worker around 50 years old. There's a tremendous prejudice in the tech sector against older workers. I had three mouths to feed. I was desperate for money. When I had work, I would work as many hours as humanly possible. So, sorry stove hobby, but you're on hold.
But of course I never stopped hiking during that time. Job hunting is the very worst sort of mental torture. My escape was to set aside one day per week for hiking. And I brought stoves. And on many of those trips, this rather intriguing Windmaster. So this stove is tested.
OK, so, um, weren't we talking about the Amicus? Why are you going on and on about the Windmaster?
Oh, right. Now, the Windmaster is actually the best upright canister stove available today in the US market (in my opinion) – and it isn't selling well. Why? Well for one, it's pretty expensive for an upright canister stove. At $75 MSRP, it's tough to sell stoves when one can just go get an MSR PocketRocket or a Snow Peak GigaPower for about $40. [Note: Campsaver* has the Windmaster and the Amicus for way less than MSRP]. Two, the Windmaster has a detachable pot support (easy to lose) which just about nobody likes. Three, the Windmaster is a pretty tall stove and doesn't fit into a lot of smaller pots.
*Disclosure: I have no relationship whatsoever with Campsaver. I don't get a nickel for telling you about them. I'm just telling you because they've got a frickin' steal of a deal going on right now as I write this.
So, enter the Amicus.
Why am I excited? I'll tell you. Just look at the burner head. It has the same type of burner head as Windmaster.
|The recessed burner head of the Soto Amicus.|
So, if this stove has significantly better features and wind handling properties than the competition, then I think that Soto could really go places with this one. I'll report more on that as I go through my review process. Stay tuned.
Summary and Next Steps
The above video shows why I think the Soto Amicus has real potential. Soto really has developed a wind resistant burner technology. Will the Amicus be as good as the Windmaster? I honestly don't know. Yet. But I should have a pretty good some time later this year after I've taken it out into the field over the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Good points about the Amicus:
- The price is good ($45 MSRP with piezo* vs. $75 for their last stove).
- The weight is in range with the competition (about 2.7 oz/75 g) – and the Amicus has a piezoelectric ignition* whereas many of its competitors do not.
- Far more compact than its predecessors.
- Good pot supports (finally!)
- Best in the business piezoelectric ignition*. Nobody even comes close to Soto's engineering here, not even close.
- Potentially outstanding wind resistance (I haven't completed my field tests yet, so it's just "potentially" at this time).
OK, enough discussion. I need to get out there and complete my field trials.
As always, I thank you for joining me,
*A version of the Amicus without a piezoelectric ignition is available for $5 less.
|The best in breed "Stealth" ignition of the Soto Amicus. Nobody else even comes close.|
No little ceramic doohickey to break. No unsupported, exposed wire constantly in the flame.
No big plastic or metal thingy glommed onto the side of the burner.