Just ahead of the Outdoor Retailer show in the U.S., MSR announced both a new stove and minimalist tent.
The WindBoiler is similar to MSR's Reactor Stove System, in that it gives outdoor enthusiasts a way to cook despite high winds. It is aimed at weekend backpackers and offers easy usability, superior boil times, and unmatched fuel efficiency in real-world conditions. Here is an excerpt from the announcement...
The WindBoiler’s ultra-efficient radiant burner combined with its enclosed design allows it to operate flawlessly in cold and windy conditions where other stoves slow or fail. Faster boil times mean less fuel consumption, and less for users to carry. The WindBoiler boils 0.5L of water a full minute faster than the leading competition in a breeze. In a 12-mph wind, it boils in a mere 2:45 min., while the competition fails to boil, no matter the amount of fuel used.
Primary air combustion, and convective and radiant heating help the WindBoiler achieve its high performance. A built-in heat exchanger adds greater efficiency. Together, the WindBoiler offers users unparalleled cooking reliability, regardless of the conditions of their environment.
The WindBoiler’s smart construction also restricts flames from singing the insulated cozy and handle, even in strong winds. Built for one to two backpackers, the system features an intuitive, easy-to-use, handheld design. The compact pot twists onto the windproof burner for a secure, non-slip fit.
The integrated full-size bowl allows minimalists to comfortably cook and serve enough food for one to two companions. The WindBoiler’s clear BPA-free lid plays triple duty: it features a strainer, a drinking lid, and is coffee press compatible.
MSR rounds out the WindBoiler stove collection with a handful of smart accessories, including the WindBoiler 1.0L Accessory Pot, WindBoiler Coffee Press Kit, and the WindBoiler Hanging Kit.
The WindBoiler stove will be available in stores in September 2014.
Aimed at multi-day backpackers and thru-hikers who want minimalist shelters with full-weather protection. It is a two-person tent and is the lightest full-protection tent that MSR has ever made, only weighing 710 g (1 lb. 9 oz.). Here is an excerpt from the announcement...
Built upon MSR weight-saving technologies and livability features, the single-wall tent design efficiently utilizes two standard trekking poles for support as opposed to being weighted down by carrying traditional tent poles. A single ultra-light mini-pole adds structure to the rear of the tent, and can be swapped out for a trekking pole.
“As with all MSR tents, livability is prioritized in the FlyLite design,” said Terry Breaux, tent designer for MSR. “Despite the FlyLite’s minimalist construction, the tent has ample head and elbow room that enables two people to comfortably sit upright and face each other without feeling cramped.”
The FlyLite tent features vertical walls and a 29-square-foot floor space that result in a spacious 72-cubic-foot interior. A large attached awning provides extra rain protection over the door and is designed at a height that allows dwellers an unobstructed view while sitting. Awning-covered vents on all four sides minimize condensation by increasing air circulation, while the strong, DuraShield-coated nylon fabrics (10D on the walls and 20D on the floor) deliver twice the performance of traditional fabrics without adding weight. The FlyLite tent is detailed with taped seams and reinforced stress points to offer lasting protection.
The MSR FlyLite Tent should be in stores in January 2015.