Rating: 5 / 5
Lightweight usually means delicate, not so with this featherweight system, though you wouldn’t want to step on it. It accidentally fell from the bear hooks while in the Smokies backcountry. The teeth marks have become a badge of honor, that the titanium pot stood up to the bear test uncrushed… My bad. The pot itself bayonet locks to the burner, with stability that more than compensates for it seeming a little top-heavy, but still use precautions. It comes with a clever plastic folding tripod that supports and clips to the base of the fuel tank. I didn’t have any stability problems with the oversized 8oz. propane tanks I usually carry. The set also contains a folding pot stand that twist-locks above the burner for use with non-Jetboil pots, just be sure that the entire setup is perfectly level. Wish that they would modify the auxiliary pot stand to accommodate both Jetboil and third-party pots without having to switch out the metal pot stand while it’s red-hot. But this would probably negate the integrated windscreen. There were times when I wish I had brought an accessory potholder for when it boils over… If you over fill the pot, it erupts from the mouth of the cup like a shotgun when it comes to a boil, be ready to turn it down quickly or you’ll easily be scalded. Still, not a deal-breaker. Fast boils in about two minutes.
The flame is adjustable from blowtorch down to a simmer. Boils water in two minutes. I actually spent about ten minutes of fuel in the blowtorch mode lighting a rain-soaked fire lay. Note to self: ‘in the future, cover the precious flammable handiwork with the rain pants I’m not using at the time’. The Jetboil system is almost worth buying for the Coffee Press accessory alone. The piezo igniter usually works, keep a lighter handy till it gets warmed up. I’ve always carried large 8oz propane tanks, but can’t wait to try those smaller sized 100gr tanks that store so neatly inside the .8 liter cup. Speaking of storage, this thing is pretty well thought out in that regard: The 100gr. propane tank, with stabilizing stand, pot stand adapter, stove burner and even the accessory coffee press stores neatly inside the pot and the measuring cup underneath. Wish the measuring cup was twice as large.
I usually travel with family, and consider myself a backcountry gourmet, so breaking away from BPL philosophy, I’m now thinking about turning it into a two person set by adding another Titanium Companion Cup, I’ll also bring two of those compact 100gr. propane tanks instead of the larger 8oz tank I would normally carry and leave the third party cook set along with the pot adapter at home. My whole kitchen kit should fit neatly within both pots. Come to think of it, if that Jetboil 8” FluxRing Fry Pan came in Titanium, I’d already have one instead of a second identical pot. This system of efficient heat transfer pot bottoms with integrated windscreen is the wave of the future.