Current Retail: $59.95
Historic Range: $39.95-$64.95
Reviewers Paid: $32.00-$56.00
I agree with 300Winmag. This is a truly innovative container! I use this when I go on trips with 2 or more, and it cooks up a wonderful meal. I've never had anything burn on the bottom.
I've used this with a variety of stoves (alcohol stove, a Jetboil/gaz stove and a Svea 123R) in various weather conditions and I've never had a problem. Heat distribution is relatively even and water boils quickly. As a result of the vanes on the bottom of the pot, the flame rarely singes the neoprene cozy.
As for packing, it fits in my pack very neatly between my compression sacks (sleeping pad and bag) and holds my water filter, utensils, stove (except the Svea) and eating cups. I agree that the top lid could be designed "better", but I hang the pot overnight with my bear bag or let it cool well before repacking it.
Be careful - the cozy will singe and even burn if you have your stove cranked up or try to use it over an open fire. I had a hard time replacing the cozy on my early Jetboil cooking cup, but they're now more readily available in both sizes.
Price Paid: $39.10 (auction)
It is very fuel efficient and on longer trips saves fuel weight and in winter melts snow for water FAST! The "Flux Ring" corrugated fins on the bottom trap heat that would be lost up the sides. The neoprene cozy cuts way down on radiation of heat from the sides. It is the perfect four-season cook pot.
Coupled with my MSR heavy foil windscreen this is a supremely efficient cook system. Just DON'T use it over an open fire without removing the neoprene cozy. To cut down weight I removed the wire handles and use a light aluminum pot gripper.
On the minus side, JetBoil really needs to make the plastic lid from a material that does not shrink so much. (i.e. needs a lid with a lower coefficient of linear expansion). It's nearly impossible to snap the lid back on in cold weather, even after shaving down the inner lip with my pocket knife.
UPDATE: I now use a 3 cup Open Country anodized aluminum pot for all my three-season camping B/C it is the most efficient shape (wider than is tall) and it fits my Trail Designs ti Sidewinder cone 3 fuel stove that uses ESBIT, alcohol, or wood. I've found it the ideal size for solo camping and largest size possible for efficient ESBIT cooking.
Price Paid: $55
Following 45 years of aluminum/ stainless cookware, I have finally found the perfect cooking pot. The Jetboil pot also works with my MSR Whisperlite and uses less than half of the fuel to boil a liter of water as in another pot — awesome! And, it nests in the 3 liter pot as a complete system.
- Boils water in half the time
- Is similar in size but is insulated and has built-in handles
- Has lid and bottom cover to use as a plate
- Don't forget to take the bottom cover off— it melts
In my 45+ years of backpacking I have used aluminum, stainless, and titanium cookware with Svea 123 and subsequent stoves. This is the first really efficient cook pot I have found. It boils water in half the time (uses half the normal fuel allotment for a trip).
Although it is designed for a Jetboil stove, I found it works great with my MSR WhisperLite stove. I was erroneously told the 1.5 liter didn't nest inside the 3 liter, but it does and provides sufficient capacity for groups of 6 or more.
The insulating wrapper on the pot also keeps water hot longer in the high altitude wilderness. The heat fins attached at the bottom of the stove absorb heat that was previously lost around the outside of older style pots and transmit it to the pot very efficiently.
I loved it so much I bought a 3 liter pot and sold all of my other nesting pots!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $32
The pot was an excellent companion to the Jetboil cooking system but has some drawbacks to pay attention to. Make sure to use some non-stick spray on the bottom because the heating element works very well. You have to pay attention to what you are cooking or you will have a burnt mess. I still recommend the system but I also suggest buying the spatula set to avoid melting your spork or other utensils to the bottom.
Price Paid: $52
Overall it's a decent product, but it is painfully obvious that it was an after thought by the manufacturer.
- Easy to clean
- Uneven heating
- Hard to regulate temp
- Only useful with the jetboil burner
I've used this pot for about 2 years. It's lightweight and easy to store. The top and bottom lids double as plates. Downside is it's hard to regulate the heat on such a small burner and the pot heats unevenly. It does let you expand your camp cooking to way beyond freeze dried food, and when you're in the bush for days or weeks on end, a good meal is of great comfort. Big downfall is that it can only really be used with the Jetboil burners.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $56
I love the Jetboil PCS, and so I bought the 1.5 L Pot, to accommodate lager groups and cooking more than dehydrated meals. Food burnt to the bottom VERY easily, even on the lowest setting.
Jetboil excels boiling water, this pot does not give you the versatility to cook more involved foods. I was a bit disappointed. Overall it's a good pot for boiled meals, but not the wonder that PCS is.
Price Paid: $50