User Review: MSR WindPro II
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99
This is a solidly built stove, easy to use, and I would recommend it to anyone.
- easy to use/setup
- flame adjustment delay
When I finally had to buy a new stove, I knew what I wanted. Light, durable, easy to use, handles big pots. I got that in the WindPro 2.
When I first lit it, I was impressed with the burner. it puts out a lot of heat, something you need with bigger pots. it boils a quart in about three minutes, which is good enough for me. I could never understand the point of how fast your water boils — are you in a hurry? I'm not - I look for fuel efficiency over boil time but I can see the connection - the longer the boil time the more fuel used, but trust me this stove boils plenty fast.
It's also easy to set up, the legs snap on to the valve for easy inverting — and when you do get ready for a volcano, as I found out. I was cooking ravioli and I decided to invert the canister without adjusting the flame down and my ravioli boiled over...it was more difficult to get an adjustment with the canister inverted, but for boiling water in colder temps/low fuel situations it is more than adequate performance.
I also like the windscreen that comes with it — easy to use as well and increases the fuel eficiency. I didn't have it out in very windy conditions but I did notice an improvement in boil time with the windscreen. The delay in adjustment is the only drawback, and is not much of one. Once you get used to it it's easy to deal with. It delays because of the long fuel line, which is understandable.
This stove also handles large pots well. the legs are sturdy and well made. I didn't once feel that it was unsafe with a big pot. Just be sure you let it warm up thoroughly before inverting - I didn't the first time and it flared on me - the only time it did.
All in all this is a solid, easy to use stove, I would recommend it to anyone.