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Gear review: Jetboil Flash

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By Emily Stifler Explorebigsky.com Managing Editor

The Jetboil Flash ($99) boils water in two minutes. Lightweight and self contained, it’s suitable for bowhunting, backpacking, alpine climbing, car camping and everything in between.

The Army Special Ops even use this stove, according to Jetboil PR representative Chris Denny.

The one-liter cooking vessel is meant to double as a mug and has a rubber lid that keeps the liquid hot and protects your lips. I have probably drunk a cumulative swimming pool of ginger tea from mine. I also have the Java Cooking System, which makes pretty good French Press coffee.

The cooking cup clips onto the burner, helping prevent spills; a fuel canister tripod bolsters overall stability. The insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator that shows when contents are hot. A newly designed burner secures the igniter to prevent it from breaking, which happened to some of the older versions.

Denny says it’s also possible to cook pasta or other food items in the Jetboil if you stir, but I’ve never really been able to do it without losing my macaroni.

Old trusty, the Flash is Jetboil’s most popular item, but the company also has several newer noteworthy products. The more expensive Sol Ti, which is titanium, has an aluminum regulator, allowing it to work better at colder temperatures and at higher elevations; however, Denny says, it’s good for boiling water, and water only. The 1.8-liter Sumo is meant for groups of three.

Hunters rejoice—a new multi-cam camouflage cozy is set to come out in January.

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