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MSR SuperFly ReviewJuly 18, 2014
- Pot supports offer variety and stability with cookware
- Wind performance
- Flame control; best in category for camp cooking
- Durability; strong, very well-built
- Least efficient among four screw-on canister stoves tested
- Boil time; slowest in test
Despite MSR’s backcountry stove pedigree, I found the SuperFly a milquetoast product. It’s practical, simple and will probably run until the apocalypse. It had the slowest average boil time and it was the least efficient and heaviest among the four competitors tested. It was also not very compact. It did simmer well and gripped larger pots.
The MSR SuperFly averaged 4:38 when boiling two-cups of water. Conditions were calm and about 38ºF, though that average was affected by an 8 minute boil as it drained the last ounces of IsoPro from what was a new 4-ounce can at the start of the test. The fastest was 2:39 on the second boil of the cycle.
At 4.6 ounces, the MSR SuperFly was the heaviest of the four stoves compared. With the carry bag, it came in at 5.2 ounces. The Olicamp Ion Micro was 1.5 ounces, Soto’s WindMaster was 2.3 ounces and the Kovea Power Nano was 3.3 ounces.
The MSR SuperFly boiled a two-cup pot of water 11 times using 4 ounces of MSR IsoPro gas. This proved to be the slowest among the group. The most efficient stove was the Olicamp Ion Micro.
In steady breezes of 12 mph and gusts over 20, The SuperFly averaged 3:15 when boiling two-cups of water. Each stove was tested in these conditions five times. The Ion Micro was most affected by the wind, averaging 4:16.
I can see the SuperFly lasting a long time. Nothing about its Seattle-based construction feels flimsy or quickly assembled. It handled drops, an accidental kick and plenty of packing and re-packing with little problem. In short, the best descriptor for the SuperFly I can come up with is “dependable.”
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