MSR Superfly Review
A light weight camp stove is a must for any traveler that wants to go fast and pack as little as possible. However, it has to work or the consequence can be serious. M.S.R. has been making stoves and other cookware for 40 years and they know that keeping things simple is the best way to ensure they work.
The SuperFly is about as easy as it gets. It works with most self sealing canisters, the kind found at any outdoors store. The SuperFly isn’t really a stove so much as it is a small gas regulator with four pot stabilizers on top. The gas is regulated by a small but sturdy rotating arm that folds down when not in use.
To get the stove going simply slide it over your canister and screw it down tight. Turn the arm to get the gas flowing slowly. Then it’s a matter of using a lighter or match to ignite the gas. M.S.R. makes a version of this stove that has an automatic lighting function, but I prefer the old fashioned method due to it’s reliability. Once you have a flame going you simply regulate the temperature by turning the arm.
The four pot stabilizers do a good job of keeping your meal steady and cooking. They are a bit on the small side, so large pots may not work or may require a bit more attention. That said if you are using the SuperFly stove you are probably using a smaller pot anyway.
In actual use the SuperFly brings water to a boil in a reasonable amount of time. Since most of my camping is done at or above 9,000 ft. I don’t expect quick boiling times. On the M.S.R. website the boil time is listed at 3 minutes and I can believe that. Temperature regulation was reasonable. I don’t try to get fancy and do a lot of simmering or sautéing when in the field, it’s more of a boil and turn it down a bit style for me. For your basic backcountry meals the SuperFly has enough adjustment to keep you from burning your dinner.
When you’re done cooking clean up and storage is simple. Just let it cool, unscrew it from the canister, and slide the stabilizers together. Again, it couldn’t be easier.
Packed weight is only 5.9 ounces. The storage sack provided is the perfect size for the stove, a canister, a lighter and some utensils. Having everything in one place makes it easy to get dinner started when time is of the essence.
A good cook stove is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can own. Being able to cook a good meal quickly and easily can make or break a camping trip. For those that travel solo or as a pair the SuperFly is a great choice when it comes to your cooking stove. Light, small and reliable, it simply gets the job done. To see this and other products from M.S.R. go to www.msrgear.com.