manufacturer: Jetboil

Jetboil Sol Aluminium Personal Cooking System

Jetboil Sol Aluminium Personal Cooking System

Jetboil Sol Aluminium Personal Cooking System

PRO’s:¬†Amazingly light, compact and powerful

CON’s:¬†Pointless neoprene strap and temperature indicator

VERDICT: A superb camping stove for all those space obsessed weight weenies on a budget

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

We’ve previously looked at the budget Jetboil Zip stove and loved it but what do you get if you chose a higher end Jetboil stove? Is it worth the extra money ? Read on to find out.

Any Jetboil stove is a well thought out, functional but supremely well engineered bit of kit and the Jetboil Sol Aluminium is no exception. Jetboil clearly have a thing about not wasting space – this is stove aimed squarely at the weight weenie, minimalist, super-lightweight camper – as everything you need packs into the pot. And that includes the gas canister !

So what do you get in the package ?

The Jetboil Sol consists of an 800 ml pot into which fit Jetboils’ universal pot stand, a 100 gram gas canister, the burner and set of legs for the canister all held in place by a lid. But this is no ordinary lid: thanks to it’s clever design, you can press coffee using the Jetboil coffee press, drink your morning cuppa through a drinking slot or drain water from your pasta without losing your pasta.

A nice touch is the included Jetboil Universal Pot stand allows you to use any pot, pan or kettle on your Jetboil Sol stove. This means that you’re not just limited to using the supplied pot which opens up a much wider range of meals that can be prepared since you’re not just limited to one pot meals.

Any standard threaded butane-propane gas canister will work but Jetboil (not surprisingly) recommend that you use their own branded ones. The stove and pot is quite tall and relatively narrow and can be quite liable to tip so using the included feet is highly recommended. These will actually fit other manufacturers gas canisters too which is another nice touch.

The cooking pot attaches to burner by aligning a slot and small dimple. A quick twist clockwise and it’s securely attached. A quick twist in the other direction and it comes off.

On the inside are markings to help you to accurately measure out portions. Around the pot is an insulating neoprene cozy which helps to keep the contents hot. This has a strap attached which we didn’t find that useful as the neoprene cover is a little thin which means that it’s not possible to hold the pot for long when it’s hot. There’s a temperature sensitive strip which turns orange when it gets to 76C. Both features we could live without.

A key difference between this and the cheaper Jetboil Zip is the inclusion of Jetboils Thermo-Regulate technology. This is a pressure regulator system which helps to keep the burner output more constant as the fuel pressure drops in the canister as the fuel gets used up.

So how does it work in the great outdoors ?

Amazingly well ! With the exception of the MSR Reactor and the Jetboil Sol Ti there’s nothing quicker to heat water. Located between the burner and the cooking pot is a heat exchanger which is the secret to the power of the Jetboil stoves. Sitting low in the flame, this is evenly heated and then radiates its heat into the pot. But the position of the heat exhanger has another benefit: because of its location it protects the flame from wind which makes the Jetboil stoves hard to beat in windy conditions. And thanks to the built-in piezo electric ignition it’s easy to light in windy conditions too.

Jetboils do have a reputation for being too powerful and not being able to simmer but the newly revised burner seems to have taken care of that. We could get ours to simmer with a little bit of care so the Jetboil is more than just a fast boiler of water. That said, although you could cook a gourmet meal on it, we’re not sure that we could be bothered ! Carting a load of extra pots and pans on to the hills with you kind of defeats the purpose of having a superlight, ultra-compact cooking system!

So, would we buy one? For very occasional use, no – we’d go for the cheaper Jetboil Zip. If money was no object, no – we’d go for the top of the range Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System with it’s ligher Titanium pot but for serious lightweight camping or cycle touring we’d definately add one of these to our kit.

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Jetboil Zip

Jetboil Zip Personal Cooking System

Jetboil Zip Personal Cooking System

VERDICT: A lightweight, compact stove with an innovative design. Our favourite stove for winter days out!

PRO’s: Lightweight, compact, ingenious design

CON’s: Burner control on lowest setting is a little too coarse

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

TODAYS BEST PRICE: £79.99 from Go Outdoors

If you’re out on the hills and want a quick hot drink the Jetboil Zip could be just the ticket. It’s a scaled down and cheaper version of the original massively successful Jetboil Personal Cooking System (the Jetboil PCS) but does its lower price result in too many compromises ?

To hit the lower price point it features a slightly heavier burner, a smaller adjustment knob, a slightly smaller cup (0.8 litres) and a thicker neoprene insulating cover. This lacks the temperature indicator of it’s more expensive relation but we never found much use for that anyway so for us it’s not an issue.

One major difference between the Jetboil Zip is that it lacks the new Thermo-Regulate system found on the more expensive Jetboil stoves such as the Jetboil Sol Aluminium. This maintains the burner power output as the gas cannister runs low.

Overall we think that these are fair compromises and don’t impact particularly on the day to day use of the stove. In fact, so small are these compromises that if you hadn’t seen one of the more expensive Jetboil stoves you wouldn’t even realise that the Jetboil Zip had been built down to a price as it uses all the same materials as it’s more expensive siblings (except for the Titanium models).

We love this stove – when not in use the burner and gas canniser fit into the cup making it extremely compact. Oddly the Jetboil gas cannisters are not imported into the UK. Instead you’ll need to buy the Coleman Butane/Propane cannisters – the Coleman 100 cannister fits perfectly into the cup and won’t rattle around.

When you need a drink simply remove them, lock the cup onto the burner, screw on the gas canister, pour in water and light the gas. The more expensive models feature an ignition system but without it it’s still easy to light – even with cold hands – and works well in all but the windiest of conditions.

Other neat design touches include the fact that the bottom cover doubles up as a small bowl and measuring cup. The drink through lid (which helps to keep your drink hot by preventing evaporation) also doubles up as a strainer too. Oh, and for use on uneven surfaces there are even some small clip-on feet which will help to stablise the stove.

Compared to the original and more expensive Jetboil PCS, the Jetboil Zip performs almost exactly the same. If we were to be picky then we’d have to criticise the burner control. It’s just a little too coarse on the low settings when trying to simmer but we really are being very picky.

We love this stove. Its combination of lightweight, small size, ingenious design and the fact that it just works perfectly means that’ll never be left at home on winter walks.

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