Jetboil, Worth the price tag?

The king of the super stove, the quick boil leader. Everyone has heard of the Jetboil range. These things perform without a doubt, but the question is are they worth the price tag? The Jetboil was the first ever stove I purchased, a big leap into the unknown for someone just starting out.


Heres my first ever Jetboil Minimo, sat aside me deep in the North Yorkshire Moors, the weather slightly dulling my mood I pulled this bad boy out hoping a hot coffee would turn the day around even if just slightly. I picked up this model in a Go Outdoors sale, I paid around £70 so I was over the moon I managed to get such a  bargain. 

Where do I start, you can feel the quality. I mean literally feel it. The finish of the product is flawless, I chose the Minimo cause of the lower profile cup (I wanted to be able to eat directly from it without having to dirty another dish) I was also swayed by the coated handles directly on the cup (The Zip and Flash models have a teflon piece of material instead)
From the measuring cup in the base to the pot stand in the lid, everything fits exactly as it should. I was also glad to have a regulator on the gas input... I mean who wants to burn everything?

So this is where it starts, I was hooked.


I was intrigued by the Jetboil Hanging Kit;  Could this triangle really support a litre of water boiling away? So of course I had to find out. Two days later, the kit arrived. I immediately took it out for a test run and again I wasn't disappointed. The system was incredibly lightweight (Only 54g) so I didn't even notice I had it in my pack. It was easy to put together, took the weight of my stove and was a great addition to the set-up.

This stove for me could have so nearly featured in one of my previous posts 'Size Matters... Small carry items I never leave without'. For how compact and carry worthy this is, it packs a punch.

Two for two... Was I now a Jethead?


All components so far had impressed me, I had found a brand I could buy with confidence. My kit started to bare a them of orange and grey. Although my bank balance was taking a hit, I was happy it was to develop a high quality range of gear.

I picked up the 8" Fluxring Frypan, this was more of an additional luxury for me. I didn't need this, I actually prefer cooking my meals on a bigger fire as opposed to in the pan, the Jetboil itself was mainly for brews or emergency boil in the bag meals.

I loved the concept of the plate attached to the bottom of the pan, It didn't take up any extra room in my pack and again the quality was great. The only thing I didn't like about the pan was the way the handles didn't click in and they constantly rattled in my pack. Also I had to purchase the Pot Support as an additional extra if I wanted to use the pan.

The Jetboil Utensil Kit was a splurge again which I actually wasn't very impressed with, I found them a little flimsy and as though I had to be careful when using them. But at a relatively low cost, and being overshadowed by how amazing the rest of the kit performed I overlooked this.



My verdict, if you get out on a regular basis this thing covers itself. The fact this thing boils water so quick, if your out all the time you will appreciate the ability to be able to warm up so quickly. My stove has been everywhere with me: up and down the country on hiking trips and wild camps, minibuses for away basketball fixtures, even just to the beach for a cuppa.

The quality of the product is on a level of its own, every fabric, material, hinge. Is flawless. 

The Hanging Kit is worth having if you spend a lot of time in the woodland, if your predominantly a mountaineer you would be more than comfortable with the stove itself. The Pot Support, Fluxring Frypan and Utensil Set are all going to be down to the type of cooking you like to do whilst your out.

I know I will certainly be looking at another, I want to eventually upgrade to the Jetboil Sumo so I can provide for more than one whilst on my travels. I like the idea of the Sumo Companion bowl set sitting inside well. 

There are some great UK retailers you can pick up the Jetboil range, I have purchased from all myself and I would strongly recommend E-Outdoor, Ultralight Outdoor Gear, Outdoor GB


Thomas

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