|The new 3.9 oz/110g MSR gas canister
|The old MSR 4 oz/113g canister (left) and the new more packable 3.9oz/110g canister (right)
|The old MSR canister format (bottom). The new MSR canister format (top).
Now that MSR has accepted the 90mm industry standard, I can buy any four ounce class of canister and know exactly in which pots it will fit and which it won't. The guess work and having to remember which is which is gone.
|MSR and Jetboil, now the same diameter (90mm)
In addition, the new four ounce class canister is lighter for the amount of gas it contains. The old canisters weighed 8.6oz/244g. The new canisters weigh 7.4oz/211g -- for basically the same amount of gas. More gas per unit of weight? That's pretty nice if you ask me, and I have no objection whatsoever to saving an ounce in weight per canister.
|MSR, Snow Peak, Optimus, and Jetboil four ounce class canisters now all have the same diameter (90mm)
|The new four ounce class canister actually contains 110g (3.9oz) instead of 113g (4.0oz). A 3g difference? No big deal.
The Fuel Gauge
But what the heck are those little markings on the canister to the left of the weight?
|The "fuel gauge" on the side of the new MSR canister
I asked my contacts at MSR where they had gotten the idea, and they told me that it was from my article in Seattle Backpacker's Magazine, How Much Gas Do I Have Left? Yes, of course it's flattering to me that a major stove company adopted my idea, but think about what this really means: MSR is listening. I for one have been very impressed by what's been coming out of MSR in the last half dozen years. They're really paying attention to what the backpacking community wants, even to the point of small details like this. I doubt that MSR will be making piles of money on this "fuel gauge." It's just part of MSR's attitude of excellent customer service. Good work, MSR.
|The new 3.9 oz/110 g MSR gas canister.
So, let's see: More packable, more gas for the weight, and a simple yet effective way to tell how much fuel I've got when I'm out on the trail? What's not to like? The new MSR canister: I welcome it.
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