Jet Boil Personal Cooking System Video Review

Reviewing the Jetboil was a difficult task. It is a very specific product with a high level purpose - Alpine climbing and big wall climbing - and in these situations the stove is excellently designed. However to test the stove properly I had to take it not only on multiday climbing routes, but also car camping and general use. How did it fare?

Using the JetBoil on a portaledge in October 2009  © Jack Geldard
Using the JetBoil on a portaledge in October 2009

Ian Wilson using the Jetboil 6 pitches up the Hallucinogen Wall, Colorado.  © Jack Geldard
Ian Wilson using the Jetboil 6 pitches up the Hallucinogen Wall, Colorado.
© Jack Geldard, Jan 2010
UKC Editor Jack Geldard reviews the JetBoil Personal Cooking System:

Even though there are additional pans and frying pans available for the stove I would say that it is overkill for a simple car camping or general backpacking stove, although if uber-back-packing is your thing, it is extremely compact and robust, so is certainly a viable option.

However in reality this is a high end product for multi-day climbing. The fact that the stove is so easily hang-able and that it all fits together in to a solid one-piece unit make it extremely usable in a big wall situation.

The construction is of a high quality. The design is superb. The functionality is also superb.

For more review details don't miss the video below.

PRICE: £70.00


Weight: 15 oz (425 g)
Volume: 32 oz (1 Litre)
Boil Time: 16 oz (1/2 Litre) = 2 minutes
Water Boiled: 12 Litres per 100g Jetpower canister
Dimensions: 4.1” x 7.1” (104 mm x 180 mm)

Full Information is in this VIDEO REVIEW:

Jetboil  © Jetboil


  • 1.0 Litre FluxRing® cooking cup with insulating Cargo Cozy
  • Adjustable burner with push-button igniter
  • Insulating drink-through lid
  • Insulating measuring cup bottom

What JetBoil Say:

"Our ultracompact 1 liter unit is ideal for dehydrated meals, coffee or tea on the go, remote worksites, and emergency kits. Travel light and prep easy. The Personal Cooking System (PCS) is a complete food and beverage multi-tool you can hold in your hand and weighs about a pound. Lights with the click of a button, and within two minutes you've got two cups of boiling water ready for coffee or a quick meal. Pack components, fuel and accessories into the Nalgene-sized cup for convenient transport."

2 Feb, 2010
Jack is away. Anyone like to answer 5cifi's questions?
2 Feb, 2010
Wind resistence is pretty rubbish really and being very tall and slim you need to keep hold of it. I genrally put my back to the wind and sit cross legged with it between my legs. If you want wind resistence go for the MSR reactor (although you have to get it lit and put the pot on before it is totally wind proof).
4 Feb, 2010
i think its worth pointing out when it is windy i will sit with back to the wind and actually hold the stove by the handle to keep it out of the wind and also warm my pinkies. for a couple of nights out i cannot see anything lighter and more compact (basically all you need is a spoon) but do a sunday dinner at casstle rigg it won't !!
6 Feb, 2010
The one thing I would really like jetboil to make is a slightly larger version with a mug that would hold ~1.5 l and could store a 250gm canister. With a internal diameter of 11 cm (to fit the canister) the cooking pot would only need to be ~16 cm high so overall the system would still be very compact. Also the extra capacity could be used to fit the hanging system in.
6 Feb, 2010
I would have said the opposite, the MSR reactor's pot doesnt attach to the base, and from what I gather it doesnt have support legs either, the jetboil almost screws together, and the stand spreads out to keep it stable. Not had any problems with it yet, and I have used it in some pretty hefty winds.
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