>We don't speak metric in California, but we may when we complete our conversion to >Spanish.
>But my interpretor tells me that 89g is less than half the weight of a WindPro II, >which runs about $99 with windscreen and reflector base and a plastic canister >stand.
>Windscreen, reflector and stand are additional weight.
Well, for those that do not speak metric, 90g is about 3-1/4oz. Ultra LIGHT...good enough to use for all excursions, even if you don't do much winter camping.
The primary benefits are being able to couple the stove with a Caldera Cone (Sidewinder and the like) for increased efficiency, since it is made of heat tolerant materials. The 3-4oz wind screen will eventually pay off on hikes of about a weeks length. I use about 2 liters per day, breakfast and supper. This will improve efficiency from a shade over a quarter ounce per liter to about a fifth ounce per liter. This means that two canisters will last a full two weeks with some to spare. In the past, three 100g canisters(~4oz) were required (since I also do a bit of cooking.) By using two, it drops ~7oz (canister and fuel) making it the lightest most efficient setup to carry for up to 19 days(without cooking, just boiling water.) Even for others, they could consider using a cone, provided you light the stove before putting the cone over it.
Like any other well designed piece of camp gear, simple and flexible.