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Jetboil Zip Cooking System Review

A scaled down and inexpensive version of the original PCS, the Zip is lighter weight and a great value.

Overall Rating: Above Average

The Zip merits our Above Average rating because its overall performance is similar to the Jetboil PCS, which we use as our benchmark. Its distinguishing factors are its lighter weight and lower cost.

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by Will Rietveld |

Editor’s Note:This product is reviewed as part of our three-part State of the Market Report on Lightweight Integrated Canister Fuel Cooking Systems 2011.

Specifications and Features


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Manufacturer Jetboil
Year and Model Zip Cooking System
Materials Aluminum pot, neoprene cozy, stainless steel burner, plastic bottom cover and top lid
Pot Size 0.8 L
Weight Measured total weight: 12.2 oz (346 g)
Measured minimum weight: 9.5 oz (269 g)
Manufacturer total weight: 12.0 oz (345g)
Features Aluminum pot, neoprene cozy with handle, lightweight burner with valve knob,
drink-through lid with pour spout and strainer, bottom cover/measuring cup
Included Burner, cook pot, pot support, canister tripod
MSRP US$70

The Jetboil Zip Cooking System, introduced in spring 2011, is a lighter weight and lower cost alternative to their other systems. It’s basically a smaller and more Spartan version of the original PCS.

The Zip is spare and lacks the high tech components of the new Sol systems. The burner is a little heavier and has a knob on the valve rather than an easier to reach wing, there is no piezo igniter, the cozy is a bit thicker and heavier and doesn’t have a temperature indicator strip, and the 0.8 L aluminum cook pot is the same as the one on the Sol Advanced Cooking System. The Zip does not have the new Jetboil Thermo-Regulate™ Technology that maintains burner output as the fuel in the canister declines.

In our performance tests, the Zip Cooking System was in the middle of the pack: average heating rate, excellent fuel efficiency, below average wind resistance and cold resistance, and acceptable burner control. Its fuel efficiency is excellent, as with all the Jetboil stoves, but it lacks the superior performance of the more advanced Sol systems. Burner control on the Zip (and Flash) at low settings is not as good as the other Jetboil stoves and the Primus Eta Solo stove. Overall, its performance is on par with the original Jetboil PCS, which we are using as a benchmark. Its main attributes are its lighter weight (due to a smaller cook pot) and lower price.

Jetboil’s range of available companion cups and accessories, and included pot support make this and other Jetboil stoves the most versatile in the group of stoves we tested. Although the stove’s cook pot is only 0.8 L, which is suitable for cooking in-pot for one person, larger volume pots are available to fit this stove, and the included pot support allows the burner to be used with conventional cook pots.

One bummer we found is the design of the connection between the cook pot and burner. A small slot on the base of the pot needs to line up exactly with a bead on the burner’s flange, then the pot is turned to lock. The design is awkward to use, but a Jetboil user gets used to it. Jetboil is basically stuck with the design in order to have all of their companion cups be backwardly compatible with previous models.

Overall the Jetboil Zip has average performance equivalent to the PCS, which is quite good, but not as good as the standout Jetboil Sol systems. The main appeal of this system is its lighter weight and lower cost.

What’s Good

  • Light weight
  • The least expensive Jetboil cooking system
  • Excellent fuel efficiency, as with all Jetboil stoves
  • Wide range of optional pots and accessories
  • Included pot support allows burner to be used with conventional pots

What’s Not So Good

  • Wind and cold resistance not as good as the other stoves tested
  • Burner control is not as good as other Jetboil stoves
  • Pot to burner connection is awkward to use
Disclosure: The manufacturer provided this product to the author and/or Backpacking Light at no charge and is owned by the author/BPL. The author/Backpacking Light has no obligation to the manufacturer to review this product under the terms of this agreement.

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"Jetboil Zip Cooking System Review," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/sotm11_jetboil_zip_review.html, 2011-10-19 00:00:00-06.

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