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Rated5out of5byKfunfromJetboil Rocks!I bought this stove because a friend had one when we went camping. It is awesome! So quick with boiling water, every efficient, and cost effective. I highly recommend it for camping/biking/hiking/picnicking. It is lightweight, easy to clean and use. Great product!
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated4out of5byTgramfrombest light weight cooking system 4 the $i like the zip because you can use your light my fire steel to light the stove. this way you won't have to worry about a faulty igniter after years of use. you can also use a bic, match, cigarette etc to ignite the stove. it gets the job done, the plastic cup that goes on the bottom is super cheaply made and doesn't fit tight to the bottom of the cup. its meant mostly from keeping the stove fins from snagging any gear inside your pack. and i do believe that if the zip would be droped on a hard rock from a height of 4 plus feet it'd definitely crack/break the plastic cup. other than that this stove is the best option bang for buck wise.
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated4out of5byStanley LawfromWorks within its limitations well.I purchased this from REI a couple of years ago for hiking, backpacking, and general camping and it has honestly been one of my go to stoves when I go camping.
For hiking it has been great since I use it in conjunction with the mini bamboo steamers that dimsum are served in. I'll stack maybe 4-5 steamers together with various dimsum for a midtrail lunch. You have no idea how good some hot steamed Xiao Long Bao, Hargow, Pork buns, and Egg Custard buns are when you're starving at 5pm, it's 39F, the sun has long set behind the trees and you just want some noms.
The stove lacks a few refined features that would make this work like a champ. An accurate needle valve for starters is a chief complaint. Furthermore, a fuel pressure regulator, piezo electric ignition, brass gas generator loop, wind protection, a remote stand so you could do liquid injection. But you know what?
For the cost that you get this stove at, it's bare bones and for good reason, you don't need most of it. To be honest, I don't really see much difference between this model and the Sol Titanium besides a 28% reduction in weight.
Piezo electric starters will probably fail when you need them, so I use a flint and steel which you can get at REI. There are ISOPROPANE cans that you can use which are good at colder temps or you can pop the fuel can in your shirt before cooking.
I use a Brunton Remote Stand Adapter from REI to give my Jetboil absolutely precise simmer control, it's actually so good that I can sous vide with this stove.
This stove is a minimalist's favorite since it saves in weight and cost, but it has all the capability you need it for over a week long trip. For me, it's a glamper's dream because I can use it to cook eggs, hashbrowns, steam up dim sum, rehydrate food. Really almost any type of gourmet cooking, I can pretty much do it.
One morning in Joshua Tree we ended up leaving later than we thought and didn't make it to breakfast before getting hungry. All we had left were bell peppers, onions, carrots, salt, pepper, a couple of eggs, and two giant russet potatoes. Boy did that make up a bunch of delicious omelettes. A little dash of cooking oil and nothing stuck to the bottom.
There are caveats, sure, but remember GI JOE "Knowing is half the battle!" Your own innate ingenuity would be the other half.
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated1out of5byits all uphillfromLeft me coldI recently purchaced a Jetboil to replace a reliable but older and somewhat heavier cooking system. I had used the Jetboil on several overnight trips and it worked great. But last week, while on a 4 day backpacking trip on the Art Loeb trail in Western NC, the Jetboil stopped working on the second day.
The Jetboil is specially designed to work on a Jetboil system and is difficult at best to use over a fire.
I understand that the even the best of systems sometimes have issues but the Jetboil failed on me on a very cold wet night when a warm meal was needed.
I did learn however, that cold water will work with freeze dried food...
Overall, I think the Jetboil is a great idea but the system is not made for backpacking.
Looks like I am going back to old reliable
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated5out of5byTarheel 1957fromFantastic productDoes everything I wanted - compact - nests perfectly. Boils water fast and is fairly stable for such a small compact device. No complaints!
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated5out of5byroseycheeksfromcompact dependable stovevery good for things cooking in the jetboil because it snaps in. use with a skillet, however; is difficult.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated5out of5byrayrueffromEasy and EffectiveEverything packed up so neatly making it really easy to transport. It boiled water really quickly. Some of the reviews say that's it's difficult to light but that was not my experience--it lights pretty standard.
We used it on a backpacking trip to make oatmeal/coffee/etc. The only downside is that the pot doesn't hold a ton of water at one time, so if you are using it for more than one person you have to do a couple of rounds. This is pretty typical for backpacking gear though.
Also nice that the stove is detachable so hypothetically you could use it with other gear if you wanted to.
I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated4out of5byMegashakefromSimple and EasyI bought the Jetboil Zip as a light, cheap, easy to use stove. It succeeds well in each of those areas. My only complaint is the valve that controls the flow of fuel is not stable, and if you don't have the flow at full blast, moving the valve could shut off the flow of gas for just a moment causing the flame to go out. Since it does not have an igniter built in, this can be a hassle. If you want temperature control, this is a problem. If your only concern is the fuel being 'on' or 'off', this isn't a problem. But in the end I decided to stick with the Zip and not return it because it's still a very well built, stable, light, and comfortable cooking companion.
Date published: 2013-08-18
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