I've owned two other MSR stoves, one for windy winter camping, one for the summer, and this one beats them both out. It's a very good "in between stove" for camping, climbing, adventure racing (I've used it for all three), when the weather isn't so bad, because this stove isn't made for windy conditions. Trying to use it at midnight during windy fall weather and you'll just end up pissed. BUT, bad weather aside, this stove is perfect. It's got a great boil time, totally lightweight, very adjustable flame (some MSR products go full blast or nothing), and if you need a windscreen (if doesn't come with one), then just go by one, or carry some cardboard with you. Great for your first stove, great for summer camping, great for post ride espresso, great gift (only 40 bucks!).