Dave Parmly, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 506
Troop 506 in Knoxville, TN does a LOT of backpacking and we have a very trail-wise group of young men and adults. They are not easily impressed, nor swayed by something out there just because “it’s new”. If it’s not light, durable, packable, etc., it won’t be well-received by our group. Some of the more seasoned guys were resistant to the idea that their stoves weren’t as good as a Jetboil. On a recent cold November outing, we all started fixing dinner about the same time. We didn’t intend to do a comparison, but we couldn’t help but notice that the “old school” guys with their WhisperLites and Dragonfly stoves were still waiting to get the first bubble on the bottom of the pot while all the Jetboil users had all heated their water, re-hydrated the food and were already eating dinner. Jetboil users had cleaned up, stowed their gear and were relaxing by the fire while the “old School” guys were just sitting down to eat. I can testify that the Jetboil GCS and PCS are fast becoming just about the only stove you’ll find on the trail with us! The Jetboil is simple for anyone, from the youngest Tenderfoot to the seasoned Phil-vet. It is affordable, reliable, compact and it just plain WORKS! Thanks for making a product that supports our outdoor program.
Marc Raillard, Jetboil distributor in Switzerland
Great tool when hungry kids are asking for “fast food”....
Christina Rivera and KT Homes- Nepal
A note from Christina- As it is in the nature of most explorers to shun instruction pamphlets, I considered it an auspicious sign that it took us only minutes to assemble our entire “kitchen” on the tiny porch of our guesthouse in Kathmandu. And it really was only a few minutes later that we were clinking metal cups full of wine and celebrating, not only the success of our Jetboil trial run, but the pad thai we had just whipped up wherein.
Of course, what defines success on a guesthouse deck is entirely different from the test of what will survive in the tiny and ancient villages perched at 15,000 feet, on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, in the Dolpa of rural Nepal. And perhaps more importantly, what would ultimately survive the three 17,000 foot passes and weeks of walking that we would have to travel to get there. As we were also carrying 200 pairs of shoes to deliver to the remote communities (often isolated by the Himalayas from aid) we had employed four ponies to help us with our load; a load that was significantly lightened by the missing full stove, kitchen and fuel of which I’ve seen expeditions accustomed to carrying. Not only our bags, but our moods, were notably higher for the simple stats of the modest, compact and ultralight set of jetboil gear that packed down into the corner of a single bag. With multiple 10-hour days, the ease of our Jetboil tools not only made coffee fast, soup hot, and dinner easy, but these adjectives earned us some of the most precious minutes of our day: an earlier start, a hot lunch on a cold day, a longer break for a priceless view, a second evening hot drink, less time between getting out of our boots and into our sleeping bags. The tools served not only practical, but entertainment, purposes, as word would quickly spread and a modest crowd of local villagers would accumulate to witness the, “magic fire,” upon which we produced their same staple of life, “dhal bhat,” or, “lentils and rice,” without a single patty of yak manure or log of high altitude desert brush.
Few people venture into the Dolpa. As two young females with limited high-altitude trekking experience, we were probably in a little over our heads. But thanks to exceptional gear, we know little of the great problems that COULD have befallen us. Thank you, Jetboil, for sponsoring our outrageous expedition and helping us to safely and easily navigate a host of potential problems to assure a totally seamless, light, safe and tasty adventure. The next time we head again to where few have gone, along with our curiosity and courage, we will not forget to pack our Jetboil gear.
Dr. John Corbin
I am a 75 year old kayaker from Kalamazoo, MI, where I teach English and philosophy in the local community college. I spend three weeks each spring on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, mostly solo. The Jetboil system has made meal preparation vastly simpler and much faster. Home prepared ingredients are far less expensive than packaged meals, and with Jetboil, much easier. I use two PCS’s and one FluxRing pot for virtually all meal preparations.
(Jetboil saves the day for a coffee lover)- “I purchased my first Jetboil because our son and I thought it looked pretty cool and the other white gas BP stoves were getting up in age. We were floored the first time we used it. Next trip, I took our daughter up to the Larimer River, northern central Colorado. Well, Dad likes his coffee- grind my beans by hand in camp and use this Coleman drip coffee maker… The problem was that that old Coleman stove died that morning. Caught in a sudden panic attack, I came up with the following solution… No more Coleman anything in this family. My next purchase will be the Jetboil coffee press”.
I can remember years ago as a teenager on my 1st backpacking trip. Big bulky canvas tents that were so heavy, and a stove that once you got the fuel stopped leaking all over everything and got it pumped up, you started it up and it looked like the main engine of the space shuttle taking off. Comparing my days starting off in backpacking and my 8 year old son’s backpacking trips of today, so much has changed. Our tent now is less that 3 lbs and our stove of choice is our Jetboil. It’s nothing to be on a trail and just decide to cook up something while we take a 5 minute break. One of Ben’s favorite things to do after the tent is up is making “Ben’s trail popcorn” as he likes to call it. With the Jetboil it’s so simple and by looking at the smile on Ben’s face it’s also fun to do. When I was a kid I was just happy not to burn myself while cooking. With Jetboil there is no fuel to spill or leak out on everything and cooking meals couldn’t be easier or safer. Its a stove I can trust to work time and time again no matter where it takes us.
William B. Ramsey, CPT, ENI currently stationed in Iraq. My home station is Fort Richardson, Alaska. And I can say without a doubt that my Jetboil is one of the most useful tools that I have ever owned. From Alaska’s negative 24 degrees to Iraq’s 112 it has never failed to boil water safely and quickly. Thank you for taking the time to design a product that can withstand the abuse I’ve put it through and that can be easily fit into a ruck / pack. I recommend it to everyone I come across.
My father taught me how to camp before he taught me how to talk or walk! Thanks to my dad I have been hooked on the outdoors since I was a toddler. I married a wonderful man 4 years ago who has the same passion for the outdoors, especially backpacking. We purchased a Jetboil PCS two years ago, which we share. It has made camping, backpacking and day hikes a dream. My other passion in life is cooking. It has been a fun challenge to create recipes using the Jetboil.
Dan LastI will admit that I was a skeptic when I first heard of your product as it seemed too small to be able to function under tough conditions. I just returned from a two day hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where my new Jetboil fed three men for the duration of the trip. Soups, Pasta, and countless cups of coffee were served, however, the favorite was by far my spicy vegetarian black bean burritos! Thanks for such a great product – one that has quickly become a must-have in my pack.
I have just returned from a successful trip to Patagonia. We reached the summit of Fitz Roy on November 4th. We climbed the route we were planning in a 36 hour round trip from base camp… It was an amazing mountain and that Jetboil was our key to traveling light. Thanks! [Photo: Gabriel Rochmora and the trusty Jetboil at the open bivy with no sleeping bags 3,700 feet off the deck. Room with a view.]