Gear Review: Jetboil FLASH
The Jetboil is the ultimate outdoor gear choice for those who want to get the most from their activity. Jetboil’s all-in-one design, combining burner and cooking vessel in one compact unit. Everything you need is stacked and stored inside the 1.0 liter cooking cup. The system lights with the click of a button and within two minutes provides two cups of boiling water for cocoa, coffee, instant soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal.
Gear is constantly getting lighter, more user friendly and idiot proof every year, and the Jetboil FLASH is no exception. This system ensures that you’re only moments away from boiling water virtually anywhere your travels may take you. The unique locking system, makes this small stove a great addition to any adventurer by preventing most spills and and reduces risks associate with cooking in adverse conditions. The lighting system is straightforward, so forget about fumbling with matches or lighters. Just turn the gas, click the igniter, and you’re good to go. A color changing indicator on the side of the cup even lets you know when the water has boiled.
The Jet boil has become a great addition to any adventure but you can’t forget its intended use, backpacking! And with the backpacker in mind, Jetboil has created another step up in its stove series. The SOL TI is the Flash’s kickass titanium little brother. The titanium version comes in at only 8.5 oz, which is almost half the weight of the next lightest stove in their lineup. But, considering that Ultra-light backpackers don’t use canister systems due to their inherent weight, this is going to be a product for us gear lovers. We think after using the TI that it isn’t the most practical upgrade if you already own a Jetboil, but for the first time buyer it could be something worth considering. The TI version is badass, but let’s just say that we have used both and we are not giving up our FLASH just yet.
We understand there are people who cook over a modified beer-can with denatured alcohol and will swear by it.. We personally would never trust a beer-can-stove apparatus on a portaledge, as a backup on a sailboat, or in our beater bag while surfing (nothing like hot coco while you’re still in your wetsuit).
The FLASH is designed to be hands-down one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking time for 16 ounces of water (.5 Liter) averages out to only 2 minutes 15 seconds, and with the Jetboil’s burner design it is capable of maintaining even heat down to 20˚ F (-6˚ C).
We really can’t say enough good things about the Jetboil Flash. If you’re looking for something extremely lightweight that will prepare your freeze dried meals, this is the stove for you. We suggest if weight isn’t you primary concern, you should buy the “GreenKit” that comes with a Flash cooking system in Green with an the Jetboil’s CrunchIt (Butane Canister Recycling Tool) so you can enjoy butane canister convenience without creating landfill waste. It’s very well thought out and at $99.95, a relative bargain too.