MSR has dominated the liquid fuel stove market since the introduction of the Whisperlite, a piece of backpacking gear that will certainly end up in the hall of fame. The "ultralight" version of the Whisperlite, released a few years ago and dubbed the Simmerlite, remains the de facto standard for lightweight liquid fuel stoves among most winter backpackers in the know about light gear. However, a new liquid fuel stove is turning some heads, and is worth a look: the Coleman Xtreme. In this head-to-head comparison, Roger Caffin discusses the pros and cons of each stove and dives into the factors that govern his decision to carry one...or the other?
- INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
- FIRING UP
- OPERATION: FULL BORE AND SIMMERING
- OPERATION: STABILITY
- FUEL CONSUMPTION