Rating: 5 / 5
There's a lot to like about this stove. It sips fuel, boils fast, and is well thought out. The cup that protects the base of the pot during transport doubles (triples?) as a measuring cup and a small bowl for fixing oatmeal - leaving the pot for making tea; it's also a serviceable mug for evening cocoa or cider. However, because I can't use the cup as a second pot, I often end up having to drink the beverage before the food has rehydrated. The spoon is designed to fit the corners of the pot; it then collapses to store handily on the side of the pot. The pot cozy makes handling hot pots a breeze.
However, it is heavy - twice as heavy as the Snow Peak Mini-Solo/Gigapower combo I usually prefer. A titanium Jetboil pot would be a really nice idea, though.
The Jetboil's built-in windscreen/heat exhanger does gain it a great advantage in fuel efficiency - meaning I need only one fuel cylinder instead of two on a trip longer than a week.
The unadorned Jetboil is a little tippier than I'd like, but the Jetboil stabilizer kit (less than an ounce) solves that problem.
One caution: the aluminum pot does a very good job of retaining heat: the unprotected rim of the pot will scorch your lips unless you put the plastic lid back on and drink through the pour spout. (Don't ask how I know that.)
The Jetboil PCS is also harder to keep clean. The neoprene absorbs spilled liquid (like sauces or cocoa), and there are lots of nooks and crannies in the plastic lid and the collapsible spoon. Not a big deal on a weekend trip, but it can become somewhat grubby after 4 or 5 days. (For that matter, so do I.) I've learned to make the small extra effort it takes to clean it thoroughly and, every few days, rinse out the neoprene cozy.
Not a bad system, but the weight and cleanliness issues often made it my second choice for a trip, until one cold night I realized something: I eating hot food. Not warm food, like I was used to, but actually hot food. Normally, by the time my freeze-dried meal rehydrates in a titanium pot, it's still warm, but not hot. With the pot cozy, the food rehydrated and stayed hot. This fact cancelled out the heavy weight, in my logic, and made this my first choice for nearly all trips.
Overall, it's like someone watched how I cook on the trail, then designed a stove for me.