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…