Re: BSA vs. MSR?
John Peschken (jpeschken@TSI.COM)
Wed, 4 Feb 1998 11:57:09 -0600
I just went through the same thing buying a stove for myself. Here's the
thoughts I was rolling around in my head whilst making a decision. See if
you can guess which stove I bought. :-)
We've got people in our Troop with both types. Both like them. I really
don't think they're that different.
Here's some things I've heard or experienced.
- The weights are very similar, with the MSR having a slight edge.
- I've never heard either MSR or Coleman users complain about the simmering
- The windscreen for the MSR's (basically a piece of heavy foil) works
better than the built in one on the Peak, but is more of a pain to set up,
fold neatly, etc.
- The MSR's are more of a trick to light, involving turning on the gas
until a little puddle builds up in the bottom, then lighting that puddle.
- The MSR's fold up a little smaller.
- The Coleman seems to me to be a little more stable.
That's all I can think of. In general, I would say the Coleman gets the
nod for convenience and ruggedness. The MSR is tilted a bit more towards
getting weight and size as low as possible. Both work well, and I don't
think either would be a bad choice.
Maybe for Kids, I'd lean towards the Coleman, which seems to have easier
lighting, and a bit more sturdiness.
At 11:25 AM 2/4/98 -0600, Richard Seymour wrote:
>I heard rumors this weekend that as of 1998 BSA is no longer "endorsing"
>Mountain Safety Research's Whisper Light backpacking stove. We have five
>of them in our troop.
>Our Raccoon Patrol plans on buying one this week, although they are also
>considering Coleman's "Apex" which I understand is similar, but with a
>simmer capability (which sounds great to me).
>Has anyone heard anything about this rumor? How will this effect similar
>stoves like the Apex? Also, how do the two stoves compare?
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