So I am a fan of ultra-light and compact backpacking for multiday excursions. I have used the MSR PocketRocket for a pretty long time now. It used to fit inside some lightweight aluminum pots I had, then I switch to the Sea to Summit X-pot and kettle which the cups and bowls nest inside of.
I've always wondered about the Jetboil systems, but they are HUGE in comparison to the gear I normally carry. I know they are super fast and more efficient with fuel, but is the extra space really worth it for a few minutes of cook time and a few grams of fuel? The equipment I have already worked incredibly fast as it is, I'm not even sure I would want it to cook or boil any faster.
I do want to try the system, but I really feel I would never carry it anywhere. Just looking for some insight and personal options/experiences with the Jetboil systems.
I am a firm believer in the PocketRocket because I think it is fuel efficient, extra-light, and very small, yet can boil water in a very short span. The PocketRocket is also very versatile as it can cook a wide span of foods and drinks.
I am currently considering the Jetboil myself. Last year my brother-in-law and I did 70 mile section hike on the AT. I had Snowpeak Lite Max and he had a Jetboil. We both had 110g fuel canister. My Lite Max worked great with no problems. But what I saw was that at the beginning of the 6th day I ran out of fuel and he had plenty left! The reason is that it took me longer to heat up water for coffee and food. I would be waiting for my water to start boiling and he would already be cooking. He even used his to heat up water for mashed potato lunch a couple times where I did not use mine at all. So it showed me that there was a big difference in the efficiency and fuel savings with the Jetboil. Lucky we were finishing up that day so not a big deal that I ran out of fuel but would have had to figure out a resupply or start bumming off his Jetboil.
So that is my experience with the Jetboil. I am also a ultra light hiker so the size of the Jetboil had me concerned but I think I will buy one and take it on next section hike to decide which one to use going forward.
Hey @knescue thanks. This information is very useful! I'm very interested to see the difference in boil time between a Jetboil and PocketRocket with my current setup. I might just have to purchase one for fun.
@knescue so you've actually inspired me with this, I went looking at the various jetboil systems and I'm going to pick up the Ceramic FluxRing Cooking Pot and give it a try with my pocketrocket deluxe. I'll do a 1L test of boil times with the jetboil and the seatosummit x-pots I have.
I'm a JetBoil user and find that any extra weight is minimal in consideration of the speed which water boils at the end of a long hike. After a few days on the trail, I'm too hungry days end and waiting to eat not good! Works in all weather conditions. I like to hike as light as possible but a few things in the pack are important enough to warrant a touch more of weight.
Hey @DragonDad, thanks for the info!
I wasn't so much worried about weight. I've actually picked a few of them up at REI and I was surprised how light they actually are. Might even be lighter than my current system. My real concern here was the space. All the systems I've seen have a hard body cup/bowl/mug construction that is, in my own opinion, fairly large.
If I can toss another option into the mix, I am a BRS user but am finding it a bit slow to boil water for food AND my coffee. As @DragonDad points out, the additional weight is minimal so I am actually going to replace it with the Soto Windmaster. What I like about the Soto stove is how close it is to the pot so that it acts as a bit of a wind shield.