Gas burners with a remote canister have the advantage of providing a more stable base for a wobbly pan of boiling water, but the canister can also be easily inverted, which has the benefit of improving performance in colder conditions. The Windpro II is the latest version of this popular MSR design and it benefits from very wide (15cm diameter) pan supports, which means you can easily use a wide pan on here to cook food for one or two people. The burner has a wide diameter of 7cm, which again is ideal for spreading the heat across the base of a wider pan for more even heating. The gas flow is controlled by a knob at the gas cylinder end of the burner, so there’s no risk of accidentally wobbling the pan and spilling hot water on your hands when adjusting the flame. The MSR Windpro II comes with a folding windshield and stuffsack, and while it isn’t the lightest option it’s an excellent all-rounder for general camping and backpacking, particularly good for bigger pans and great to use in a mixture of warm and cold conditions. The only slight niggle is that the price tag isn’t quite as attractive as some stoves (for this price some stoves come with pans as well).
Includes windshield, stuffsack
Packed size 11x7.5x8.5cm
Pan support diameter 15cm
Weight (without fuel) 205g burner + 73g windshield
The MSR Windpro II is ideal for a wide variety of conditions thanks to its stable design, wide burner and inverted gas canister.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014