Like the Reactor, the new WindBoiler uses MSR’s proven radiant burner technology which is an internally regulated and enclosed flame source designed to thwart wind. That seems like an innocuous detail until you take into consideration that many other stoves with exposed flames fail to achieve a boil in even the most modest of breezes. Having used MSR’s burner technology in full gales, I can tell you it not only works, it works better than expected, and always when you need it most.
Just because something is small and simple, doesn’t mean it can’t also be full featured. The cup and pot lid snap together to create a great drinking cup. The wire burner adjuster is long and keeps your hands away from the heat source.
Notes from the field
Although I have only had a chance to use the new WindBoiler a few times, I can say it is easily my favorite one-person cooking system on the market. I also know what many of you are thinking, and yes, it does look very similar to a JetBoil. I think even the name borrows a bit too much from the stove and pot combo that effectively created this category of stove. That said, the WindBoiler is without questiona step above. I couldn’t begin to account for how many cans of fuel I’ve burned in my various JetBoils, and after just a few uses of the WindBoiler, declare it a far superior product.