Bringing excellent control and stability to your backcountry kitchen, the MSR Dragonfly excels at handling low simmers and large pots. Its large packed size and heavier frame make it a better choice for a base camp than for backpacking. We cooked all kinds of things on our Dragonfly in the backcountry, from stews to pizzas, and when you're on long expeditions with groups, having a variety of good meals can make or break your trip. The Dragonfly the loudest stove we tested and is a definite conversation killer in the kitchen.
Unfortunately, a large and heavy frame makes it cumbersome for those who are primarily concerned with size and weight. On a backpacking trip where we carried both the MSR Whisperlite and the Dragonfly, we found ourselves reaching for the smaller, lighter, quieter, cheaper, and slightly faster Whisperlite more often than not, and think it is a better choice for backpacking.