Classic Gear Find – MSR Rapidfire Stove

A quick look at my latest used gear find, the MSR Rapidfire stove.

I picked this stove up for an upcoming winter trip in the Northeast, where melting snow will most likely be my primary, if not only, water source. Why did I buy a 25 year old canister stove when I have a modern version that cost and weighs a mere fraction? Liquid feed mode, that’s why! By running a gas stove with the canister inverted, I can manage to run my gas canister stove at considerably lower temperatures. Which is kind of a good thing when your only water source for several miles is in the form of fluffy white snow.

Now, you can buy a modern version from MSR that weighs less, no doubt about it, but it will also cost 2 to 3 times as much and won’t have anywhere near the historical geek value, so let’s give this a shot.

And yes, it does look remarkably similar to the MSR Whisperlite stove. We’ll get into all that in the full review video, I promise…

6 thoughts on “Classic Gear Find – MSR Rapidfire Stove

  1. Hi Sintax77,
    Do you think I could fit a tent and sleeping bag instead of a hammock in a 46 liter bag like your Hornet? I am looking at a 48 & a 60 liter and wanted to know about how much more room that would take up. Thanks!

    • I haven’t used the Hornet to carry my smaller tent on a solo yet, bit I did use it on a group trip where we split up a 3 person tent between two of us. It worked fine. As long as you were reasonable with your ither items, I think the Hornet 46 would carry a smaller tent just fine.

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