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MSR Superfly

in Stoves - Canister

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4.25 / 5 (4 reviews)


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Alex Orgren
( big_load )
MSR Superfly on 08/07/2005 18:26:44 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Likes
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Piezo ignition is great!
Stays lit pretty well in the wind
Supports big pots
Can use a wide variety of canisters
Seems reasonably fuel-efficient

Dislikes
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Doesn't fold up as small as most
Could be lighter
Not too good for simmering

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Mathieu Fagnan
( MFagnan )
MSR Superfly on 08/09/2005 11:19:04 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Great Stove, relaiable, no maintenance.

The universal canister attachement is great for traveling (in South America) where you dont alway have threaded cartiges available. I have been very happy with the stove performance and was surprised by the BPL reviw where it scored pretty low.

It IS a heavy stove in those days of ultralightness, but the size of the burner allow efficient heating of big pots an pans. I mostly used it inside my tent (*BEEP* me) with a 2L MSR Titan pot.

It is really easy to unscrew the burner head from the main "pipe" (by hand), alowing a minimal volume for strorage.

The long folding handle is easy to manipulate with mitts or gloves.

My latest use was on a 25 day expedition on Mt Logan (where most people use liquid stove). We decide to use canister stove so we could cook in the tent, no matter the weather. It proved a VERY good idea since we where storm bound for 3 and 5 consecutive days, where outside cooking would have been impossible. We use the Ascent hagning kit wich worked also very well. In order to optimize efficienty I built a custom wind breaker form light foil. It prooved to efficient: we partially melt the MSR heat exchanger on the pot and melt the piezo lighter. Our gaz consumption was slightly less than 1 canister for 2 people per day, boiling 14 L of water from ice or snow.

I had a really hard time with the piezo (from working once in a while to not working at all) in freezing temperature and also at high altitude (3500m +, in Peru, Equator, Argentina, Yukon and Alsaka) whatever the temperature...

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Hugh Teegan
( hteegan )
Great for what it is but showing its age on 09/04/2006 22:10:03 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Have just switched to the Coleman F1 Ultralight from the Superfly as my main stove but I won't be getting rid of the Superfly....
Pluses:
1. Reliability: 4 years without a hitch. That's the longest any of my stoves has lasted and, apart from the igniter (bought separately) still have no problems
2. Versatility of gas source: I specifically bought the Superfly because I would use it both in Europe and the US. On my last trip to Europe threaded cannisters were available in some places so this may be becoming less of an issue.
3. Cookability: The wide spread flame enables one to actually cook with this stove. I hardly ever used this capability but the couple of times I did do anything other than just boil water it worked really well.
Minuses:
1. Weight - it was relatively light when I bought it but it has long since been surpassed in the UL stakes.
2. Size - the second reason I bought the F1. The weight saving may seem inconsequential to all but fanatics but when you see the difference in size you will be converted too.
3. Sharp - the pot supports are really sharp and will cut through silnylon even when the stove is in it's bag. This really bugs me and is the main reason I've gone with the F1!

Bottom line - unless you need the fuel versatility and/or the cookability try something lighter and smaller.

Barry Foster
( bazzer )

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The best with the hanging kit! on 09/30/2007 22:52:29 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have numerous stoves, but the one I like the best is the SuperFly with the hanging kit accessory. Alas I don't see the kit any longer on the MSR site. With the hanging kit comes a heat exchanger windshield and a stove heat reflector, with them in place on my MSR pot I get sub 3mins boil times that beat my Jetboil by quite a margin. It takes a little time to set up, but it's well worth it. It simmers as well as a full rolling boil. I even use it car camping with my outback oven. Pizza anyone?

I give this wonder a full 5.

Edited by bazzer on 09/30/2007 22:53:13 MDT.

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Jetboil Hanging Kit priced at: $19.95 - $29.99
MSR Heat Exchanger priced at: $29.95 - $39.95
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