Re: BSA vs. MSR?
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 07:44:52 -0500
I haven't yet heard of this policy change. I can help you with what stove
to buy though. Both Colman and MSR make quality stoves. In my opinion
though, MSR makes stoves that are easier to use. I personally endorse the
stoves where the fuel source is not integrated. This leaves us with all of
MSR's products, and Coleman's Apex. In all of MSR's current stoves, they
have only one delicate part (the shaker jet), and that is easily replaced
and can be used without it. For Colmans Apex, that stove is a little more
temprimental, and delicate. Don't ask me why it is, but from my
expierences with it, it would not stand up to the abuse that boys will give
it. You also have to look at price. According to Backpacker's Gear Guide
'98 with boil times (BT) for min:sec to boil 1 qt water at sea level and
room temp, the MSR Whisperlight w/ shaker jet is $53 BT=3:54, the
Whisperlight international is $63 BT=3:30 and for both you have to buy a
fuel bottle (around $6 for 32 oz.). The Apex II is $65 BT=3:30.
Overall, they are two quality stoves. I fel that the whisperlight would
stand up to the scout's abuse though. If you want to go for a higher heat
output, along with higher risks, try MSR's XGK II. This is what I
personally use. It has a tendancy to flair up when starting, but it really
boils water fast!. Good luck with searching for a stove.
At 10:06 AM 2/3/98 -0500, 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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