Howdy campers. The search for the right cooking system can be a bit frustrating these days. With all the models available, it's difficult to decide which setup will best work for your "style" of camping.
For me however, the JetBoil SOL is a breathe of fresh air! I got this little wonder about three months ago, and it hasn't let me down once. In fact in many ways it has exceeded even the very high expectations I had for a solid backpacking stove. I got the accompanying hanging kit, for in-tent use, and WOW was I happy with the design.
Before actually using the setup, I filled the SOL's .8 liter canister, attached it to the stove portion and placed it in the hanging kit. I wanted to really see how stable this platform was. Holding the setup by hand, I swung the stove around and around to see if there would be any chance of it falling out or spilling while in use. I was amazed. The system is so well designed that in the end I was whirling the pot around in three foot circles and it didn't budge a bit. I was blown away! The design is so well conceived that the three wires used to suspend the cooking system actually serve to hold the stove and pot onto the tripod platform more sturdily than it would be just sitting on the ground. This was much better than I had ever expected.
Next I fired up the stove using the on-board piezo-electric ignition system, and boiled up a pot full of water. I had the entire thing at a full boil in 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Impressive!
Folks, I'm going to make this very simple. For leightweight backpacking stoves, you simply can't do any better than the JetBoil SOL. If you want to shave a few ounces, I'm sure the SOL ti (Titanium) is just as effective. Do yourself a favor and add this bomber piece of gear to your setup, and have one less item to worry about.
Until next time, I'll see you on the trails.
Quick Tip: Cotton balls covered with a LIGHT coating of petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) and placed in an old prescription bottle make a killer fire starting kit. It took me two shots with the ol' sparkie to get this burning into a usable fire building base.