Rating: 5 / 5
I bought this exclusively to be a fast and light solo BP stove for use with a small solo pot. I've had a MSR Superfly canister stove for a few years, but wanted to lose the extra 2 oz of stove weight. Bought the F1 over others based on favorable editorial reviews of the stove here on BPL in their lightweight canister stove comparison. From my experience, the review was spot on! Hard to believe Coleman, maker of the heavywieght suitcase whitegas stove for car camping, makes one of the lightest baskpacking canister stoves on the market at 2.7 oz!
I've used the F1 on a week long and a couple weekend backpacking trips, as well as a day or two of car camping.
Output is rated at 16400 btu, most UL canister stoves are 8-10k. This is quite noticeable side by side next to my MSR Superfly. The full output isn't necessary, esp for use with a small solo pot. But, even at moderate power settings under my .7L Snowpeak pot, the flame is quite robust and very reistant to wind. Haven't felt the need to build a windscreen for it yet. The other advantage of the higher output is the F1's ability to crank out a stronger flame from a dying cylinder. As expected boil time is fast, 4-5 min with no windscreen. Efficiency seems as good or better than my Superfly. 4-5 days on a small MSR or Jetboil cylinder, mostly boiling, a little over a liter a day. The folding pot rests lock in place,are serrated and grip the solo pot well. They seem fairly fairly sturdy for a UL stove, more so than the taller Pocket Rocket stands that tend to flex. The tiny stove gets lost under my 1.3 L Evernew pot, but still grips it fairly well. It's short and fairly stable, considering it's a canister mount stove. About an inch shorter than a Pocket Rocket for lower center of gravity. Burner head is small, but still bigger than a Pocket Rocket or Gigapower stove. Good simmer control, but still wouldn't trust the small flame spot for delicate cooking tasks like my Superfly with oversized burner head. Stove is very compact with pot rests folded. The F1, a mini Bic and a small Snowpeak/Jetboil cartridge all fit inside my small .7L Snowpeak pot!
This is my first Coleman product, didn't know what to expect. Am quite happy so far. I give it 5 stars, as it's lighter and outperforms the competition. For $40 it's on the low end for price, esp compared to the ti stoves, or Brunton Crux at $70+. Some might knock it for not having a piezo igniter. It's bigger brother the F1 Power Boost does and it's very reliable according to BPL reviews. My experience with piezo's is not good. I've had two fail on my Superfly in 3 trail days. Wouldn't camp without a mini Bic and backup!