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WindBurner Duo Stove System

rated 5 of 5 stars I have the MSR Windburner 1.8L system, for two people instead of one. My wife and I camp and backpack together. For car camping we have cast iron and a portable stove. But for backpacking, including five AT section hikes, that obviously won’t do.  We’ve tried the PocketRocket and similar things. With a titanium pot it is light, usually won’t blow out, and reasonably fuel efficient.  We have also used the one-liter pot size Windburner. But for two people when you are both hungry the fast… Full review

WindBurner Personal Stove System

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice compact and efficient system, some quirks need to be addressed. I have used this stove on a couple of trekkings and one vacation now, sometimes carrying it in my backpack along with a tent and so on. So far I have used it for making tea, either for breakfast or to carry along in a thermos bottle. In the future I  may use it for heating water to apply inside the bag of a dried meal. That might include melting snow. I am curious how that would turn out in cold and on altitude. Advantages for… Full review

Guardian Purifier

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It's a very high quality portable hand purifier, with a high level of filtration (small enough for viruses) and has fast flow rate, as it pumps very quickly. It also has a long lasting filter and is the only portable hand purifier that is truly freeze resistant. Best for backcountry camping in remote areas, especially if the water is very unsanitary. Would definitely recommend and is well worth the price. MSR has made some bold claims on what this product is capable of and as far as I can see the… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Workhorse Before reviewing this we need to address the elephant in the room, something I refer to as gear Stockholm Syndrome. We tend to have overly fond feelings about equipment when it is used to bail us out of uncomfortable situations. For example, you are caught in a driving rain, you retreat to your tent and are warm and dry. Because the tent kept you from a cold and wet night your opinion of that particular tent is higher than it would be if you never got caught in the rain. I bring this up… Full review

WhisperLite Universal

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great stove with a lot of adaptability, especially if hiking or camping with a small group of people. I grew up on a Svea 123 using gasoline, not white gas, for fuel. This stove is (I still have it) a blowtorch and never let me down when I needed it. Forty years later, the seals are dried out, it doesn't pressurize the same, and I thought it time to move into the 21st century. The MSR Universal Multi-fuel is the best of both worlds. I really like being able to use gasoline for my stove, it's available… Full review

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MSR Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Congratulations, Zalman, Our MSR Winter Gear Winner
Congratulations to Zalman from Portland, Ore., winner of an MSR Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR ($450 value). Read more
January 1

Final Days: Review Your Gear Today to Win $450 MSR Prize
On Monday, December 31, we're giving one Trailspace reviewer an MSR WindBurner Duo stove, Evo Snowshoe Kit, and Operator snow shovel. Write a review of your outdoor gear today and this $450 prize could be all yours. Read more
December 26, 2018

Enter to Win $450 Worth of MSR Winter Outdoor Gear
We're giving one of you an MSR WindBurner Duo stove, Evo Snowshoe Kit, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. Tell us about your outdoor gear, apparel, or footwear in a review to be entered to win. Read more
December 18, 2018

Review Your Gear to Win $450 MSR Winter Gear Package
Write a review on Trailspace and you're automatically entered to win an Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. We'll draw one lucky winner on December 31. Read more
December 10, 2018

Win MSR Snowshoes, Stove, and Shovel in Gear Giveaway
We're giving away an MSR Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR. Review your outdoor gear and you're entered to win this winter prize package ($450 value). Read more
December 1, 2018

A Brief History of Outdoor Insulation: Essential #3
To celebrate extra clothing (#3 of the 10 Essentials), we looked at the origins of some classic outdoor insulation: wool and polypro baselayers, down and synthetic jackets, and ever-popular fleece. Read more
June 19, 2016


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