Brian Reyman

Brian Reyman

Denver Area, Colorado

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Husband. Father. Son. Scoutmaster. Life is good!

Brian Reyman

Brian Reyman wrote a review of on February 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own the reactor stove and started with the original 1.6 liter pot. I recently bought the 1.0 liter pot for a little less weight and pack size. While this one boils water just as well as the 1.6 liter version (which is AMAZING), the stove doesn't fit in the pot as well. It does fit, but requires a bit more careful planning to get it to work. The pour spout is very handy, but the burner adjuster is meant to fit right into the spout when the stove is packed into the top of the pot. A bit tricky and can risk scratching the interior of the pot.

Overall - a worthwhile purchase. But, consider getting the 1.6L setup if you don't absolutely need the 1.0 L. Same great water boiling prowess (which really is significant - this thing boils fast, is impervious to wind, etc. etc. - just like others have reported) with easier packing.

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Brian Reyman

Brian Reyman wrote a review of on February 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Best. Sleep. Ever. I've slept on just about every sleeping bad out there and consider myself a bit of a sleeping snob. I'm a side sleeper and toss/turn a lot. A comfortable pad is essential. This one is by far the most comfortable I've ever had the pleasure of resting my head on for the night. The extra length and width (when compared to a standard 20x72" pad) and the adjustable inflation/foam setup makes this thing amazing.

Only downside? It's about 5 times the size and weight of my backpacking Exped sleeping pads. But, if I'm car camping or doing very short hikes, this thing is SOOOOOO worth every penny.

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Brian Reyman wrote an answer about on February 14, 2014

This particular table doesn't have an adjustable height. The legs are a single length, so it's either at waist level (with the legs) or sitting on the ground without the legs (which could also work in some situations). Surface area is 32x14. Height without the legs is around 4 inches.

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Brian Reyman wrote an answer about on October 4, 2012

The Superfly would fold down and fit into the Quick 2 system - between the two, I'd probably go with that one.

If you're considering something outside that, I think the MSR WindPro is one of the finest canister stoves ever made. A few ounces heavier than the Superfly, but with the ability for better wind protection, even better simmering, etc.

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Brian Reyman wrote an answer about on October 3, 2012

I agree with Jason - hanging this is a dangerous endeavor. If you're in a situation requiring hanging or tight spaces, it's worth considering the MSR Reactor. No priming required and the canister is directly attached to the stove. The XGK can go to lower temps but the Reactor is great given the right conditions.

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Brian Reyman wrote an answer about on October 3, 2012

For lightning fast water boils, I'd go with the Reactor. As mentioned, other factors may necessitate other choices, but if you're just looking to boil water in a relatively lightweight, efficient, packable solution, the Reactor's tough to beat.

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Brian Reyman wrote an answer about on October 3, 2012

All the ones listed by Phil will work well, especially in general 3-season use. If you plan on taking it on the cold (25 deg F or lower), choosing a higher-quality brand like MSR will mean better performance. You can read more here:
http://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2011/11/whats-best-brand-of-gas-for-cold.html

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Brian Reyman wrote an answer about on October 3, 2012

For a wide use of needs (car camping, actual cooking, short backpacking, etc.) it's tough to beat the MSR Windpro II. It's a bit more expensive than some stoves, but cheaper than the Reactor. And, it has a huge range of adjustability, can be used with a windscreen and allows you to invert the canister to feed it the fuel in a liquid form if the temps get too low.

I have the Reactor and the Windpro. While the Reactor rocks for super-fast water boiling in a number of conditions, I think the WindPro is a more solid, all-around choice.

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