Jetboil Zip Personal Cooking System
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- 0.8 Liter FluxRing® cooking cup with insulating cozy
- Adjustable burner,Match ignition.Drink-through lid with pour spout & strainer
- Bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and bowl
- Compatible with all Jetboil accessories.Able to store a 100g Jetpower fuel can
- Included Fuel Canister Stabilizer. Pot Support and Jetpower fuel sold separately
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|Item Dimensions||6.5 x 4.09 x 4.09 inches|
|Item Display Weight||12 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
FEATURES of the Jetboil Zip Personal Cooking System 0.8 Liter FluxRing cooking cup with insulating Cargo Cozy Adjustable burner Drink-through lid with pour spout and strainer Bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and bowl Compatible with all Jetboil accessories
Top customer reviews
We took a family camping trip to Yellowstone for a week. We went exploring every day and would eat breakfast at the camp.... sometimes it was instant oatmeal and we used the Jetboil to heat the water. We would not come back to camp until night so every day we took freeze dried food with us (Backpackers Pantry and Mountain House). I used this thing pretty much every day for the week and we would make 2 bags of food for the four of us so I had to boil 2 containers at each meal. With the small gas canister it finally ran out of gas the last day.
- It boils water very, very quickly.
- Stores up completely within itself (gas can too)
- Stays cool to touch on the outside (from the neoprene sleeve) even though the contents inside are boiling.
- Put together or taken apart in under a minute.
True story- It comes with little plastic stabilizer legs that attach to the bottom of the fuel can for extra stability. I was using it at a picnic table and forgot to use them as the unit was balanced very well and actually left them inside the cup. I realized it when I was pouring the boiling water out and I heard it hit the lid. There was zero damage to the legs. Took them out, let them cool a couple minutes, then used them as usual.
The only downside to the base model is no auto igniter so you need a lighter or matches to light it. However on a plus side that is one less component to worry about failing at the wrong time, and less weight. I see it as a non needed option so still rate it at 5 stars.
The Zip is a somewhat stripped down and smaller version of the PCS with a slightly smaller cup (0.8 liter instead of 1.0 liter) and the stove does not have a built-in push-button igniter. It stores into a smaller package (the fuel canister, stove and stabilizer all nest into the cup), and weighs a bit less without the auto-ignition of the larger models. After having used both, I prefer the stove that needs a match to light. The auto-igniter on my much older PCS still works but like all mechanical push-button starting systems, it will eventually fail. When that happens I will probably buy a Zip style stove to pack into my 1 liter PCS cup.
This is by no means an ultralight stove, so hardcore ultralight backpackers will want to skip this item. But for those who like using the iso-butane fuel stoves may like this model. It is smallish, generally lightweight and eliminates the need for a separate cooking vessel. And if you are backpacking or cooking solo, you don't need a plate or bowl either, just cook and eat right out of the cup!
The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is that I found that the lid will not stay on very well when the unit is all packed up. If you pack the items in as intended by the manufacturer the top of the fuel canister cap will not allow for the lid to be pressed down completely. The fix for this is to simply leave the cap from the fuel canister at home (added bonus, reduces overall weight by 0.1 oz or so).
These are easy to set up, easy to use and cook FAST with pretty excellent fuel consumption. One fuel canister was more than enough to cook hot breakfasts and dinners while spending 5 days and 4 nights in the Smoky Mountains during Thanksgiving, along with one or two small weekend trips after that. Especially if most of your backcountry cooking is boiling water to rehydrate and reheat food and drinks.
As a Scoutmaster, I recommend a Jetboil unit to any of my Boy Scouts who have started backpacking and enjoy it. Due to price, I don't recommend buying this for your very first backpacking trip. Not because of the unit itself, but if you try something once and don't like it, that's a fair chunk of change to drop for equipment you might only use once. Been backpacking before and decide you enjoy it and want to keep going? Pick one of these up.
If you pick up the accessory French press kit (or just boil water and use the instant or teabag style packages), it also makes a great tool for the adult Scouter who wants his hot tea or coffee on those monthly camp outs.