User Review: MSR WindPro II
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
User friendly, super light and compact, easy to use stove with moderate ability to adjust burn (simmer verses boil only).
- Effective wind break/screen
- Easy to use
- Stable footing
- Nice pot/pan support
- Burner adjustment "delay"
Neat little stove that is perfect for backpacking. The wind breaks work as designed and the cutout that allows easier access to the pot or fry pan was very thoughtful. The gas supply line that lets you relocate the tank out from under the burner also creates a little bit of a delay when making burner adjustments as it holds a little gas & pressure. So when fine tuning burner strength or intensity, make adjustments slowly.
The good news though is the simple fact that you can adjust intensity and this is not one of those "boil is the only function" stoves. It does not come with a built-in igniter and I prefer that as it adds weight for a component that has a very limited lifespan.
I did not time any boils, but when using with the Optimus Titanium cookset it was bringing water to a rolling boiler super quick and I suspect it is very competitive in that arena (although while backpacking, I never understood why this was a criteria).
The stove pan support and legs all fold nicely together to conserve space, but are amazingly supportive and tough for a stove of this size. If you are cooking from more than one person or use larger cookware, it's a feature you are going to really appreciate. Oh, and the stove with small tank, all fit inside my cookware pot/top. (Light/Tight & Right) is the way I like them and this stove fits the bill.
Nice stove that I would certainly recommend to anyone who is concerned about stove size, space and reliability. You get all three traits in a wind proof package here for an affordable price. Well done, MSR.