Review: MSR WhisperLite Universal

The WhisperLite stove from MSR has been the gold standard of backpacking stoves for years, and now the product is better than ever. The updated WhisperLite Universal delivers the same reliable cooking capabilities as the standard model, but also comes with interchangeable fuel adapters for switching between canister fuel and white gas. When you’re traveling in smaller groups or on shorter trips, canister fuel is the easier option, but on extended backpacks, switch to white gas for more efficient burning. The whole unit packs down small and is the lightest stove in its class at less than a pound when packed. Maintenance can be an issue as the stove has delicate parts, so be sure to review upkeep procedures before heading out— is a great resource. Available at Bob Ward's, Schnee's, and Round House. $140;