For full reviews of the Windburner, please see:
- Windburner 1.0 L Review (original and most comprehensive review)
- Windburner 1.8 L Review (most recent review)
|An MSR Windburner warming up.|
Here's what I came up with:
|MSR Windburner 1.8 L||Jetboil Sumo 1.8 L|
Basically, at least on my scale, there's a 3.2 ounce difference when a Windburner is compared to the Jetboil Sumo. OK, not so good.
|A 1.8 L MSR Windburner, left. A 1.8 L Jetboil Sumo, right.|
|A Jetboil's heat exchanger is completely open to the wind.|
|A Jetboil's heat exchanger is open. Wind can blow in one side and out the other.|
A Windburner's heat exchanger is enclosed. Air enters only through the burner and exits only through the vents.
- A functional bowl of about 850 ml vs. a not terribly functional bowl of about 400 ml with the Sumo. The Sumo's bowl has notches cut in the side (so it will clip on to the bottom of the pot). Things spill out through those notches.
- A snap tight lid that you can pour with using only one hand.
- A handle that actually functions as a handle. A Jetboil's "handle" really isn't.
|The 1.8 L Windburner has a very useful 850 ml bowl.|
You can kind of use the 1.8 L Jetboil's 400 ml pot protector as a bowl, but it's better left at home.
|MSR Windburner radiant burner, left. Jetboil conventional burner, right.|
The Windburner's burner is amazingly windproof, but it's heavy.
|Cooking after a late arrival in camp.|
Sometimes, you just don't want to screw around.