Just noticed on Outdoor Magic the new Jetboil Sol stoves due for 2011. While I get the concept I never quite subscribed to the Jetboil philosophy and have thus stuck to my trusty MSR Titan kettle and Optimus Crux Lite combo. The Jetboil seemed to be too big, (top) heavy and in-flexible, though I guess it does exactly what it was intended for, i.e. boil water quickly, efficiently and conveniently.
With Primus bringing out a similar stove Jetboil have had to respond and their new 2011 version may just make me re-think. With a significant weight reduction from current 425g to 300g, or 260g for the titanium cup version the weight argument doesn’t hold much, well,…weight. In the main I use my stove only for boiling water (bar the occassional fried bacon if I’m on a camp-site but then I’d tend to use my MSR Whisperlite stove with a frying pan). With a boil time of 2 mins for 0.5 litre of water and a claimed 12 litre boil per 100g canister it’s definitely quick and efficient. And the clincher, of course, is the new orange and grey colour scheme!!
No prices announced yet but there’s also a smaller (0.8l) and cheaper version called the Jetboil Zip at 333g. Spring 2011 seems so far away……!
PS. I’ve realised that researching gadgets is far more enjoyable than looking for pants. I’d been searching for some decent wicking underwear – a particularly inspiring subject – when I was distracted by the Jetboil article.