BACKPACKING STOVE — MSR SuperFly

Rating (Out of 5): 4.5

Price: $59.99 to $69.00

Review: I've owned an MRS SuperFly Stove for more than five years now, and have always been generally happy with its performance.

The SuperFly is very specific for its use — backpacking. It wouldn't make much sense to buy it for car camping.

The SuperFly is small, very light, surprisingly tough and reliable. That final asset is what I've liked best. I've used the stove for everything from summer backpacking to winter camping (where I've used it to melt snow for water), and it has never failed to work. Part of that reliability might be the simplicity of use: all you do it screw the small stove attachment onto a canister of IsoPro fuel.

Another thing I enjoy about the stove is the speed with which it heats water. Despite being small, it's very hot. The flames can get somewhat unruly in the wind but by and large it's not an issue.

The final asset for the SuperFly — and this is anecdotal — is that it seems to work with pretty much every type of IsoPro fuel. I've met backpackers on the trail who've discovered, on their first night in camp, that their stove didn't work with the fuel they'd brought. In Glacier National Park a few years ago, I actually let a pair of very grateful guys borrow my SuperFly for the remainder of their trip because their stove and fuel didn't work together.

The only downside is that it's quite small. You can cook with a small frying pan, but the surface area is too small for anything much larger. As I said at the top, this isn't a stove you'd buy for car camping.

Another downside is that while it comes with an automatic lighter — you can start the fuel and click a switch to get it going — it doesn't always last. After about a year the switch stopped working, and I've been lighting it with a match ever since. Which hasn't been a big deal, really, just obviously make sure you bring matches.

Overall, I've found the SuperFly a very strong backpacking stove. It's light and reliable, and has taken quite a lot of abuse during my five years of using it, yet hasn't let me down yet.

Buy MRS SuperFly Stove here.

—Review by Zach Urness

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