User Review: MSR Reactor
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110
We had three different stoves fail on successive years while hiking and camping Grand Canyon. Bought the MSR Reactor and no more failures at the bottom of Grand Canyon! Wonderful stove that heats fast and does not fail!
- Boils water FAST!
- Does not have ignitor and you have to carry matches or lighter.
MSR Reactor is far better vs. Jet Boil. First hand experience — two years in a row the Jet Boil failed at the bottom of Grand Canyon on the fourth day! The MSR Reactor does not fail. It's easy to set up. You must carry matches or a lighter but it's a fast start. Design allows the MSR Reactor to work just as well in windy conditions as it does in calm conditions.
It's a boiling deamon and not really designed for adjustment. Boils so fast that it's easy on fuel. Spent five days and four nights in Grand Canyon and one fuel cannister lasted until the morning of the fifth day with two people using boiling water for breakfast, coffee and dinner.
Design is very stable and secure when boiling. It's a fast & light pack with pot holding burner and fuel cannister all in one simple bag.
You do not know just how much a reliable stove is worth until you have a failure at the bottom of Grand Canyon and face two more days without hot water. With the MSR Reactor that will never happen again. It's the ONLY stove for me. Going on three years with my MSR Reactor and it seems to keep getting better!