MSR Superfly Stove Review
The MSR Superfly stove has been around for a number of years. You can call the Superfly an evergreen stove, it’s never really been out of favor and is still a popular choice among backpackers.
It’s a small, lightweight backpacking stove and is not designed to look after a large group. But for 1-2 people it’s a great little stove, as you would expect from any MSR branded product. It boils water quickly for a stove of this size, and the auto-ignition feature is a nice touch.
Setup and Design Features
I haven’t come across a MSR stove that hasn’t been a breeze to set up yet, and the MSR Superfly Stove is no different. If you are new to backpacking stoves always do a test-run at home. But there aren’t really any problems that can come up.
You can connect just about any type of fuel canister to the stove, it’s one of the more versatile stoves on the market. This means you can be prepared for all weather conditions, and have the appropriate gas canister for your trip.
The stove does not come with a windshield, and using one will make cooking a lot easier and more effective. So I’d recommend picking one up or taking something along with you to make your own shield.
The valve for adjusting the flame has a wing control so it’s easy to turn with gloves on. The piezo-ignition also means you can one-click fire up the flame and start cooking without any fiddly matches or need to protect the flame while lighting.
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Weighing just 1lb the Superfly is great as a backpacking stove, or even a backup for a main stove. It’s a great all round stove for beginners or experienced backpackers and is good value for money at a competitive price point.
Dimensions – 5” x 5” x 6” and weighs 1lb.
The arms are not as wide as the MSR PocketRocket, and will feel a little less stable with large pots. So I’d recommend checking out the PocketRocket if you are going to cook or boil with large pots. The Superfly only weighs 1lb, which is easily light enough to backpack with, but the PocketRocket is also a little lighter.
Where the Superfly does shine is with its strength of flame and boiling time. It boils a liter of water in just under 3 minutes. This is slightly faster than the PocketRocket and puts it in the same league as the Snow Peak Giga Power.
- Great value for money
- The pot supports are stable
- Lightweight and portable
- Multi-Mount interface allows connection to a wide range of canister types
- Need to supply your own windshield
- Care needs to be taken if sat on large canisters
There are two tips to make the most out of the Superfly. Firstly, find the shortest cylinder with the lowest centre of gravity possible. The higher the stove is off the ground the less stable cooking will be.
Secondly, find a suitable windshield and will work well with the stove and take it with you on all trips. Protecting the flame will make cooking a lot more enjoyable.
MSR Superfly Stove Summary
There is no doubting the Superfly is one of the best backpacking stoves on the market. It delivers on power and enables you to cook, and boil water quickly and easily. It’s been designed to be very user-friendly, and this is always a big pro point with me.
It’s not perfect in all weather conditions, but it’s a great all-rounder. At this price point it’s hard to ignore, so I recommend taking a closer look at some of the user-feedback via the link below.
The MSR Superfly stove ticks all the boxes when it comes to a lightweight, portable, handy backpacking stove. In a crowded marketplace it stands out as one of the better choices.