User Review: Jetboil Sol
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $114.95
Excellent canister stove. This is my second Jetboil, the first was the standard size stove, and it was a gift. Until then, I had never contemplated a fuel canister stove, preferring the MSR Whisperlites for years because of their reliability. It didn't take long to convince me that the Jetboil stoves were incredibly convenient. I still prefer the Whisperlite for winter excursions, but for all other seasons I now carry the Jetboil.
- Quick to boil water
- Compact storage
- Loose lid
Although I bought the Sol for solo trips, I recently used it to provide boiling water for freeze dried meals, oatmeal, hot drinks, wash water, etc., for a group of 6, for three nights. It boiled the water so fast, the other canister stove we had was never used. We were pretty loose with its usage, and the 8oz fuel canister lasted for that trip and two days into the next.
The compact breakdown, with all parts and a small fuel canister fitting into the pot, in addition to a strap on the sleeve to hold my spoon is another bonus. Everything being contained together also makes it easy to break it out in the middle of the day for a hot drink after lunch on a cold day. I also like the fact that the thin insulating sleeve in sufficient to hold the pot comfortably with boiling water in it, making it easy to pour water into cups or freeze dried food pouches.
My last trip was four nights staying at 11,000 to 12,500 feet. One night it was cold enough to put an 1/8" layer of ice in the pot, but the stove fired immediately after sitting out all night, alleviating some of my concerns about fuel canisters in moderately cold weather.
The biggest drawback I have found is the lid does not stay on well, and can't be trusted to stay on while pouring. I also find it dislodged in the pack sometimes if it has any space around it. I'm willing to live with this small issue for the overall convenience of the stove though.