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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stove! I recently got back into backpacking and didn't want to spend too much on a stove. I bought the Zip based on the reviews here and I wasn't disappointed. I used the stove in almost ideal conditions ... 50F-80F in southern Ohio, no wind. I used it to do what it does best ... boil water. I had all the hot water I needed, FAST! Wow, I was impressed with the speed of boiling. Worked great for dehydrated food packets and coffee. ONE TIP ... it conveniently packs back into the "Cup". The orange plastic stand goes first ... and it really works best if it goes in smooth side down! Great stove and packed well in the cup holder on the side of my pack!
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and Easy I 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: 2013-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and Effective Everything 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: 2013-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from best 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: 2014-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jetboil Zip stove I've used my Zip stove twice since it's purchase. Jetboil is by far the best modular cook system out there. It's lightweight and simple design make it what it is. I bought the optional coffee press (15$) and it's a great addition that packs into the existing stove with no problems. My only con is the temp control is very sensitive and I when decreasing the temp, I put the stove out on a few occasions and had to relight it. not a problem. it heats water and thats about it. Just make sure that if you are at temps below freezing, keep the fuel on you when hikingto keep it warm. I cold gel and not light,
Date published: 2013-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quickly heat some good food This is a great little cooking system. It boils water almost as fast as a microwave. We used it on an overnight trip and were very satisfied. One of the best things about the Jet Boil is that it all fits together into the cup, making a very compact, self-contained system. The temperature is a little difficult to control... seems it's full boil or off. We didn't try cooking anything requiring low heat but I suspect it might be a problem if we did. We also added on a Sumo cup that this entire system packs into, so we have 2 cups and can each eat straight from the bowl. Ingenious little product.
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Limited range of usage I have several stoves (gas and liquid), and 2 JetBoils, and while the JetBoil delivers fast boiled water, that's pretty much all it can do. If you are a boiled-water only cooker, this is the way to go. However, if you cook directly in it, it is hard to clean. Also, the stove is basically useless for skillet or other pot use. I range from day trips to week-long backpack adventures, and can choose which stove type I want/need. If you have only one stove, I would not suggest this unless you only wnat boiling water (it's great at that). It's tops at what it does, but it's a one trick pony.
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact and Reliable I do see the complaints about poor temperature control. I must say that the control valve is a handful until it has warmed up, then it's pretty stable in flow control. I used it this time only to boil water for making coffee. The Jetboil Zip did this in minimal time and my campsite neighbors at last weekend's Fly-In envied me for my fresh coffee versus the watered-down stuff they had at the breakfast tent. It's very stable on the included tripod. I used it only twice this weekend but I'm sure the 100g Jetfuel can is nowhere near being empty. Very efficient fuel burn.
Date published: 2012-09-09
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Questions & Answers

Can you use a frying pan on this as well or just the water boiling cup 

Asked by: Tayfay1989
The answer above is misleading. The FluxRing Fry Pan does not attach directly to the stove like the regular pot does. It has a flux ring but it is a larger diameter and requires the use of the pot support just like you would use with your own pot.
Answered by: JHaide
Date published: 2017-10-30

What are some of the best ways to get this lit, without the built in igniter? 

Asked by: Michelle the Teacher
If the piezo ignition fails on the Zip Cooking System, the stove can be carefully lit with matches or a lighter. We would recommend keeping the gas on low prior to ignition.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-14

What's included in this?

Asked by: Izsayl
This item includes a 0.8-liter aluminum FluxRing cooking cup with lid and bottom cover, the FluxRing heat exchanger (stove burner), and a stabilizer tripod. Fuel is sold separately.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-23

is the fuel canister specially made for Jet Boil, or is there an industry standard?

Asked by: wet walker
There is not a specific canister for Jetboil. Canisters with threaded Lindal valves, like MSR, Snow Peak, Primus, etc. will all work on this type of stove.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-14

The description doesn't mention if the lettering on the soft cover changes color when the water is boiling. That would be nice to know. A selling feature for me.

Asked by: Will Hike 4 Fun
The letters/logo on this stove do not change colors. The only stove from Jetboil that has this feature is the Flash.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-10
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