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WhisperLite Universal

rated 5 of 5 stars Wonderful, very versatile stove. I bought this stove new in 2014  and have had several opportunities since then to make use of it. The fact that their are several fuel options is the main selling point for me. Before you go out with this stove you should definitely familiarize yourself with all of the functioning aspects of the stove. The stove comes with everything you need to make the change from fuel canisters to fuel bottles, and from white gas to kerosene or gasoline. In a lot of the wilderness… Full review

WhisperLite Internationale

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Practically bombproof, this stove will last you many years with no maintenance. I've had mine for 20+ years and it still fires right up and boils water quickly. I've yet to ever replace a part or even take it apart, but that may be because I've only burned white gas in it. It just keeps on working. I can recommend this stove for anyone looking for a lightweight compact stove. I also recommend when buying this stove to forego buying the maintenance kit because if your experience with the stove is… Full review


rated 3.5 of 5 stars The PocketRocket is a compact, high power stove for those looking to cook small meals on the trail. I purchased my old MSR PocketRocket right after college and used it quite happily for several years before finally upgrading away to a Snow Peak GigaPower stove.   The PocketRocket is a relatively small stove with great power output. It does have a few drawbacks, but nothing you can't easily work around. In the end, I put mine on a shelf due to its size. While the PocketRocket is compact compared… Full review


rated 5 of 5 stars Whenever some newbie asks for advice for a beginner's gasoline backpacking stove, I always recommend the MSR WisperLite. I think the various reviews in this section quite adequately lists the pros and cons of this stove, so I guess a repeat of all these attributes isn't really really needed. I'd like to just add some of my personal impressions. I have been familiar with this stove for several decades.  While the stove proved relatively reliable, I really hated the long delay between turning the… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars So durable I inherited one. Folded up and in hand for scale. My dad passed this stove down to me after many years of service. It looks like it is around 20 years old? Would that be an exaggeration? The yellowed instructions put the company at an old address with only a local Seattle phone number. The bottles were just plain aluminum with no logo or name and the pump was just yellowish plastic. It worked like this for many years for me before the hosing became brittle and cracked and the other rubber… Full review

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MSR Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

MSR Solo Stove, Tough Tufto Pants, UTMB Ultra Pack
A solo stove from Mountain Safety Research, bomb-proof scrambling pants from Bergans of Norway, and a super-niche ultra running pack from CamelBak: new gear was practically popping out of the booths on the second day of Outdoor Retailer. Read more
August 8, 2014

Origami Stove, Rocket Snowshoes, Toasty Rain Coats: OR Day 1
An origami-inspired stove, a snow saw with built-in avalanche hazard analysis tools, a carbon fiber snowshoe that weighs less than a paperback, and insulated down-filled rain jackets: more action from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer. Read more
January 23, 2014

Outdoor Retailer Demo Day: A Winter Wonderland of Gear
Outdoor Retailer's Demo Day was packed with winter gear, including a hybrid touring snowshoe/ski, a ski for your fat bike, and new shovels from MSR. Read more
January 22, 2014

Trailspace Top Ten: Your Best Outdoor Gear
For Trailspace's Best Outdoor Gear List, we turned to you, our community members. We've compiled one ultimate gear list from your 24,000 reviews, featuring your best shelter, sleeping bag, stove, water treatment, multi-tool, light, navigation, trekking poles, backpack, and food and drink. Read more
December 5, 2012

Lah wins Sierra Designs tent and MSR stakes!
Congratulations, Lah! You've won a Sierra Designs tent and MSR carbon stakes for your review of your VauDe Snow Cloud sleeping bag. Read more
July 30, 2012

Outdoor Retailer: Backcountry Camp Gear Preview
From stoves to shelters to headlamps, new equipment promises to make your backcountry campsite warmer, lighter, safer, and more comfortable. Here are a few highlights that make their debuts at Outdoor Retailer next week. Read more
July 28, 2012


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