As we’ve already mentioned the non-integrated stoves such as those in the MSR PocketRocket leave more of the flame visible and can affect performance when it is in a storm. To combat this issue, Soto has come up with an intriguing solution, aptly called WindMaster. The major difference lies in the design of the pot’s support In comparison to the single-piece MSR that Soto uses, their clamp-on arms aren’t in the same direction which allows the pot to be placed close to the fire. Furthermore, the burner features an elongated shape to help to protect it from strong winds. It is worth noting that the Jetboil Flash and MSR WindBurner above both offer greater coverage thanks to their integrated designs, however the WindMaster is much less expensive and numerous backpackers have had years of reliable service in tough conditions.
In addition to offering better wind protection Apart from the enhanced wind protection, in addition to the improved wind-proofing, WindMaster has a heavier weight than PocketRocket 2 by half an ounce and costs an additional $15. But the Soto comes with an inbuilt igniter, and has the most sturdy, four-prong base that is suitable for larger pots (Soto offers a lighter weight TriFlex pot support kit for just $10). In the end it’s possible to reduce weight and cost in this regard, however, the WindMaster is a good middle in with respect to the PocketRocket and the bulky/expensive WindBurner above. If you often travel at high altitudes or in locations that are known for their wind (Colorado’s Fourteeners, for instance) however, you still need an option that is small and small and lightweight, the Soto is a great choice.