Jetboil Helios Guide

rated 4.0 of 5 stars (1)

The Helios Guide has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Jetboil Joule Group Cooking System.

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Specs

Price MSRP: $199.95
Historic Range: $119.94-$199.95
Fuel propane/isobutane, Jetpower
Weight 48 oz / 1,349 g

Reviews

I have had the opportunity to use the Helios on a…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars

I have had the opportunity to use the Helios on a few trips now. While heavier than most cylinder, it is extremely useful for guiding groups of 3-6 people. I have used it for car camping in Joshua Tree, backpacking in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and, most recently, a winter training backpacking in the Adirondacks.

That was the stove's only downfall. As might be expected, performance at sub-freezing temperatures was mediocre at best. Even with the fuel stored warmed inside a belay parka, and chemical heat packs insulated against the fuel canister with ensolite foam, the melting / boiling times were extremely slow (12-15 minutes) to melt enough snow for 1 liter of water brought not quite to a boil, compared to 6-7 minutes with an MSR XGK.

The simmering ability in 3 seasons is great, the fuel efficiency and speed are great.

Overall - A great 3 season guiding stove, but not so in winter.

About me:
20 years backpacking in 4 seasons
High altitude experience in Alaska and South America
Professional staff in a college outdoor environment