User Review: Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS)
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130
Best suited for one or two person backpackers, cooking dehydrates meals or simple reheat style meals. Not Ultralight Weight @ 14 ounces but still better than a 2-ounce soda can stove.
- Very efficient
- All-in-one system
- Best for dehydrated meals
- Fuel size can be a pain on longer trips
- Relatively heavy
This is one of the best stoves I've tested and used. It’s small, light, speedy, easy to set up, and stable. Many useful features make this my top pick for minimalist activities.
My favorite feature on the Jetboil is the neoprene covered pot, which means that you can handle the pot whilst its hot and means that your food/water/meal retains heat better not leaving you with cold food. Furthermore it means you use less fuel heating your food.
Stove is incredibly easy to set up, meaning you can do it when you forget to pack the extra batteries for your headtorch, and you arrived to camp late and need to reserve all the light you have. Once setup its an idiot proof ignition system turn the knob click the lighter. The burner is reasonably adjustable, however dont expect a super low simmer... It seems to have Medium, High, Higher & Nuclear Fusion (probably because it was designed around boiling water for dehydrated meals).
Because of the pot and heat exchanger design the stove works well in most windy conditions, however sometimes you will need to rig up a windscreen for very exposed campsites. Packing the stove away is easy and it all fits into the pot w/ fuel can as well.
Overall the stove has been with me on countless trips and I'm yet to break it. Fantastic for 90% of the hikers out there.