Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

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Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby phs » Sat 02 Apr, 2022 7:43 pm

Hi

Looking to purchase a wind proof cooking system / water boiler, we had a Minimo which was good for a few years until if randomly stopped working, would not let gas flow, had a new gas valve priced it was only a few dollars cheaper than buying a whole new unit so that it for us and jetboil

From what I can see the MSR reactor is out of stock everywhere any other suggestions ?
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby Zapruda » Sat 02 Apr, 2022 8:46 pm

Avoid those heavy and clunky systems and grab a Soto Windmaster and whatever titanium/aluminium pot suits your needs and budget.

The Windmaster is hands down the best stove I’ve used and I’ve used a lot. It perfect in the wind and incredibly fuel efficient. Light as well.
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby Lamont » Sun 03 Apr, 2022 11:20 am

Soto (Windmaster) set-up is lighter, smaller and more adaptable.
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby Gadgetgeek » Sun 03 Apr, 2022 7:08 pm

I've had pretty good luck with my MSR pocketrocket2, not sure how it stacks up to the SOTO windmaster, I'd guess that they are pretty close. If you want more high-wind capacity then a MSR windpro 2 or other remote canister stove with a flexible windshield is a good idea. the jetboil and Reactor are really only boiler/snow melters, so if that works for you, cool, I prefer the adaptability of the other stoves, at the cost of efficiency. At the end of the day, you can only burn the fuel so fast, and only the available BTUs don't care what the stove is. You could also look at the Winburner system as there is a remote version as well, and can do a bit more simmering.

Another option might be to try to buy a used jetboil stove unit from someone who burned out their pot, save an ebay search and see what comes up. I think the minimo shares the stove size with the flash, but I'm not 100%
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby Tino B » Mon 04 Apr, 2022 11:03 am

Soto Windmaster is excellent.
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby johnrs » Mon 04 Apr, 2022 11:07 am

And have a look at some of the Firemaple stoves too! The quality is good.
https://firemaplegear.com/collections/canister-stoves
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby Al M » Thu 07 Apr, 2022 1:03 am

If it’s local trips where gas canister are available and generally not longer than 5-7 days most of the gas stove head are good with a suitable wind shield but in very strong wind they are still affected as the deflector is not so snug and might even fly away.

For overseas trips like in developing countries or bike trips the clunky MSR and similar systems with good wind shield can start to show advantages with multi fuel usage (petrol, kero and other) and 600mL fuel can last over 7-10 days more than several gas canisters that are also not so available in remote areas. Problem with some operational noise and petrol smell issues to manage in the pack. For higher altitude above 4000m these are the best for being efficient blow torches to melt lumps of snow in pot.

The old Trangia and similar imitation alcohol stoves are not good in developing country backpacking trips as alcohol not so available, but for very windy conditions and in local places where fuel available the close fitting wind shield is the best and 600mL can last shade over 7 days. Less ideal in higher altitude o/s trips over 4000m as burn efficiency reduces. Quite heavy setup than the others.
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby crollsurf » Fri 08 Apr, 2022 11:52 am

Jetboil and the MSR offering are popular and they're a good option if all you want to do is boil water. I'd say if that is what you want, either would make a good choice.

One reason more experienced walkers don't like them is you can only eat so many freeze dried meals, before you start getting turned off by them. If you try and cook in the Jetboil/MSR, the heat generated on the base of the pot is so high, you're food is going to get burnt. That coupled with the base of the pot being hard to reach, makes them a nightmare to scrub clean. You can get around this and buy special heat proof pouches and limit your cooking options to home dehydrated meals, but most couldn't be bothered and prefer a more diverse diet that includes mixing other packaged foods, fresh veggies, rice etc.

The other reason is they don't pack down well. A lot of people like a nested cookset where fuel, stove and other utensils, all pack down nicely into a single pot, rather than bits and pieces scattered all through your pack, or in a bag that takes up more room than is needed and clunks around while walking.

Jetboil has its place and for some, it's the right choice but for many, they would prefer a more flexible, compact system.
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Re: Jetboil VS MSR VS the rest

Postby phs » Sat 30 Apr, 2022 8:37 am

Thanks everyone,

We purchased a Soto wind master just got back for a multi day hike it was very good
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