Name: Greg Rowlings
Location: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Bio: I have been hiking since a very early age. My playground was the Overland Track in Tasmania. I have been a guide for various trekking companies on the Overland Track. Additionally, I spent some time in the Australian Army walking around various parts of Australia. I have been on hiking trips through the Himalayas as well as Europe. I like to hike with my wife and/or friends. We usually go for 5-6 days and we carry packs between 16-25kgs. I like to use quality equipment that promotes reliabilty and durability.
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.kovea.com/
Listed Weight: 291g
Note: For this review I will use a MSR 227g (8 oz) ISPPRO cannister that gives approx 2-3hrs a burn time (you can use smaller cannisters)
I have traditionally used an MSR Dragonfly as my stove of choice. However, due to flight restrictions I had to seek an alternative. MSR fuel stoves can be a little messy as well as dangerous for the less experienced user. I want something simple that my wife could use without freaking her out or burning down our tent!! I wanted a stable, compact and lightweight stove hat could hold a sizable pot. Looking at various options, I decided with the Kovea Moonwalker.
Not knowing about the different sizes of gas cannisters, I bought three different sizes and used then on different overnight and 4 day walks with varied results. This model has a built in windshield, but for best results (especially in Tasmania), I suggest carrying the "traditional" windshield to maximum heating.
So far I have used this stove on walks at sea level to cooking at altitude (Mt Ossa, 1617 m). Mostly I have used this stove to boil water or to re-hydrate food for four hikers. The large burner surface makes meal time a breeze and you can adjust the stove to allow for versatile cooking options. I have found that the 227g MSR ISOPRO cannister fives you excellent heat at altitude and at sea level. The burn time varies with altitude, however I find this size cannister last the trip and is compact enough that it doesnt take up too much space in your backpack.
Things I like
- I love the way this stove folds away neatly and has it's own container. This was a a strong selling point as the MSR Dragonfly could not match the Moonwalker in the department. The container fits neatly into our pot for added protection!!
- My wife loves the ease of use, especially the Piezo ignition system. It's safe, reliable and so easy to use.
- The extra wide legs are a huge bonus.....especially with clumsy hikers who "accidently" knock things over! Having stability means you can use a 2 litre pot with piece of mind!!
- I like the length of the hose and the compact valve and tap.....it keeps the fuel source away from the stove - Saftey is paramount!!
- As mentioned, the large burner surface caters for a variety of cooking options and delivers excellent heat when needed!
- Less noise than the MSR Dragonfly....other campers will love you!!!
Things I dont like
- Whilst Kovea states that the windshield is suffcient, I can tell you that on a gusty day, this stove like most will not be as efficient. I suggest taking a windshielf to maximise heating.
- As this is my first cannister stove, I cannot fault the product. As a conservationalist, it does take some getting use to disposing of used cannisters...hopefully one day someone will invent a re-useable product!!
This is an excellent product. It met all of my selection criteria. The ease of use and the lightweight folding capabilities score a huge tick. I highly recommend this product to anyone who hikes in small groups!!I am sad to say....the days of pumping and priming are over!!!
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