Jetboil is awesome!
I have used several compact camp stoves, mostly of the iso-butane variety. The Jetboil is super quick at boiiling water. I bought it for occasional use backpacking and hiking. I work for a utility company and am outdoors for 12-16 hours a day in all weather. I brought the Jetboil to work and was able to have hot tea, coffee, soup in a few minutes. The drink through cover is awesome and if you only fill it to the fill line, it most likely won't spill. I have become the envy of my coworkers! While they freeze on a utility pole I am enjoying a hot cup of joe! So much so that a fellow worker was so impressed watching me whip up soup for him, that he went out and bought the flash that day! The Jetboil hasn't even been on one hiking trip and has been used twenty times with no issues.
I had it out the other day in 20 mph winds and 5 degrees and although it took a little longer to boil, I still had a piping hot cup of soup in under 5 minutes. I would carry a lighter or matches as it was hard to light with the piezo electric igniter in the cold. I also put a climbing carabiner in the small loop of the handle and was able to climb a pole with my morning coffee! Although the Jetboil fuel fits in the Flash for compactness, I use the larger fuel (8 oz.) as this saves some $$ and lasts much longer. The pressure does seem a little better with the smaller fuel size though. Both sizes performed well.
I would highly recommend this for most outdoor uses. It is a little large for the minimalist but it's versatility far outweighs the size. The tempurature indicator on the flash is cool as you can be doing other things and totally tell when the water is hot from 25' away.
Out in the cold
After a few cold weather backpacking trips (under 20*) my old stove left me out in the cold. I found myself asking other people for hot water. A few of the memebers in the group had Jetboils. They were almost done eating before my water was hot enough to make coffee. At the end of a stretch of the PCT in Jan, I purchased the Jetboil system.
The jetboil boils water in just over 2 minutes which means your morning coffee is ready ASAP, food is ready faster, you carry less fuel (which means less weight) and it conserves space since everything fits into the cozy. I leave the orange stabilizer at home since I can always find rocks to use and the attachment for pans also stays at home since I typically only boil water.
The Jetboil has become a must pack item for day hikes, over night packpacking, car camping, and I even use it to heat water for my kids hot cocoa while out in the travel trailer. This stove WILL NOT dissapoint.
I love my jetboil. I do mainly mountaineering and backcountry hiking and my food preference is dehydrated meals. The jetboil does one thing, boil water, but it does it fast and efficiently.
In warmer weather it will boil a full jetboil cup of water in just a few minutes, but it is also effective in the cold. I recently used it at 4k feet altitude in cold weather (below 0F) and it worked fine even though the canisters were left out all night. It was a bit slower than normal but so are most stoves unless you want to haul white gas around with you. It is also very good on fuel. I buy the large canisters and have never used a whole one in the typical 2-3 day trips I take, despite boiling water for multiple people and hot water bottles at night. I highly recommend this system for anyone with similar needs.
Jetboil replaced all my Coleman gear
Been using one for two years now. Used on day hikes, car camping and lunches at work. Primary use is morning coffee when car camping. Within 4 minutes of crawling out of the tent at 7am I'm drinking 2 hot cups of instant Starbucks coffee. No more waiting 15-20 minutes for the old greasy, oversized, oudated "green propane stove" to warm up a pan of water for coffee on a cold damp morning at camp. In fact, my wife has one of these too, so we bought the JB pot and frying pan, and ditched all the green-colored propane stoves and lanterns for these JB stoves and a battery-powered lantern. Only CON with the JB systems is they're hard to simmer, but you can still get there with some fiddling. For us, these are cutting-edge products.
Jetboil at altitude
We used this stove to heat water @ 12000 ft. (Trail camp on Mt Whitney Oct 14,15) Worked great, but had to light with match. Ignitor on this stove works fine at low altitude. Temps around 25 F, and we did not cuddle with canister in sleeping bag!
Frankly, I was suprised this stove worked as well as it did. I brought my MSR Dragonfly along, thinking my daughter's Jetboil wouldn't work at this combo of temp and altitude after seeing other reviews. Never fired the Dragonfly up !
Jetboil heated water for three of us, no fuss no muss, meals and drinks! I am impressed !
Jetboil Flash PCS
Read a lot of mixed reviews before purchase. I am very pleased with the system. It's relatively bulky, but the trade off i made was from a basic stove, cook pot(for boiling water mostly), mug, measuring cup, bowl, and pot support to this system. It all fits in the cup and my spork fits in the sleeve. The added convenience factor is worth a few extra ounces in my book. In addition to packing, I work outside and make coffee and noodles ramen daily. No trouble a month into use, starts every time and it didn't break in my unintentional "slam it in the van door " test.
Not ultra light but stable and simple
I bought this on my daughter's recommendation. It's not as small or light as my other pot/stove combination but it's simpler and relatively fool proof. Everything fits in the pot including a gas cylinder, the burner and the cylinder base. Put it all together, turn on the gas and press the button, you're in business. The base stabilizes the cylinder, the burner screws onto the cylinder and the pot locks onto the burner - it's hard to knock over. The insulated pot heats up quick and the little temperature indicator on the side of the pot is nice. Not sure about simmering, I'm a boiled water guy.
WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!?!?!
My Jetboil Flash is for personal use and small group use. It is fast, efficient. Light weight and space saving. It comes with the Jetboil pot stabilizing ring and handles the 1.5 liter pot nicely. It uses Jetboil and MSR fuel canisters. An important thing if you are flying and need to get fuel once you arrive at your destination.
I use paper towels around metal parts when insterting/stacking into the canister to avoid scratching the interior surface.
I would recomend this WITHOUT hesitation. I now have 4 other backpacking stoves I want to sell. LOL!
I knew that I would be camping a lot when I landed a job on Mt Hood for the summer. Not knowing when I'd have access to a kitchen stove easy cooking on the fly was a must. The Jet Boil took care of just that! It boiled water quickly and efficiently, it was great for quick pasta meals, and if you have a pan you can cook up a nice breakfast of eggs/sausage/potatoes/etc. Not only was it great for cooking but for warmth up on the glacier when the weather turned for the worse.
Perfect for the light camper
If your meals are the eat out of bag kind this is the perfect stove. I shaved over a pound by switching from an MSR whisper lite. With fuel this thing weighs less than the stove alone and then you would still have to add a pot with the MSR.
Disregard the other comments in this thread that you also need to purchase a JETBOIL Pot Support because this system already includes these items I bought and had to return them.
Easy start and quick to boil.