Go Systems Fly Ti
July 17, 2012
PRO’s: Extremely light & very compact
CON’s: Relatively expensive way to save a few grammes
VERDICT: There are cheaper & only slightly heavier stoves available. One for the real weight weenies!
Weighing in at just 50 grammes without a gas canister the Go Systems Fly Ti is the lightest stove they make. Designed for the serious weight freak it carries a suprisingly small price tag. Read on to find out if it’s any good.
Consisting of just a single burner and a flame adjuster the Go Systems Fly Ti is a very simple stove. There’s no built-in ignition system so you’ll need to use a matches or a lighter to get things under way. Simply screw it onto a Go Systems Powersource 125 gas cartridge, fold out the serrated pot supports, crank open the valve a little and light it. Like many other Go Systems stoves this will accept the larger Go Systems Butane/Propane gas canister such as the mid-sized Go Systems Powersource 220 gas cartridge and the larger Go Systems Powersource 445 gas cartridge.
Once it’s lit what’s immediately apparent is that the burner is slightly wider than most other similar camping stoves which means that the heat from the flame is spread over a greater area. The Go Systems Fly Ti may be small but this is a powerful little camping cooker – it boasts a 3000 Watt output – so spreading the heat over a larger area helps to prevent food sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Thankfully, with all this power on tap, the flame adjustment is good and it’s possible to maintain a nice steady simmer without too much fiddling around. However if you cook in a narrow pot or a large mug you will need to adjust the flame so that it stays on the bottom. Turning it down will obviously have an impact on the boil time.
The time to boil a litre of water is a fraction under four minutes which is fairly typical for s stove of this output. Bear in mind that this will increase if the gas cartridge runs down as the pressure starts to drop off. And like all stoves of this design it is prone to wind if used out in the open but an inexpensive windshield will improves the efficiency massively.
A single Go Systems EN417 cartridge should power the Go Systems Fly Ti for over 2 hours of continuous use which’ll easily see you through a weekend. Should you need to take a spare with you they are light and small enough to throw in your rucksack. We managed to fit a canister and the stove into a large mug with room to spare.
Would we buy this stove ?
As we’re not totally obsessed with weight we’d pass it by as there are cheaper but slightly heavier stoves on the market – the Go Systems Scion is one that we can think of – but if you are obsessed with weight it’s an excellent piece of kit for lightweight camping or just making a brew on the hillside.
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