Jetboil’s Flash and Zip stoves, which have been around for a number of years now, are renowned for their power and super fast boiling times. The problem, however, is that they’re a touch on the cumbersome side for multi-day trips and big distances. Enter stage left, the brand new Jetboil Stash, a fast boil system that offers the same super efficiency as the Zip and Flash but at a fraction of the weight.
The Stash in fact weighs just 200g, that’s 40% lighter than the Zip. And there’s no downgrade in performance either with Jetboil stating that their new stove system offers the exact same boil time as their previous model – 0.8 litres boiled in 2.5 minutes.
Jetboil say their intention with the Stash is to appeal to those outdoor enthusiasts who take a super lightweight approach and streamline every last item in their pack. As it’s unregulated, it’s not for those who like to go out and cook Instagram-worthy dinners (the MicroMo, MightyMo and MiniMo are the stoves in Jetboil’s collection for that), but instead it’s for those who are happier to sustain themselves with boil-in-the-bag dehydrated meals washed down with a hot drink.
I was lucky enough to get an early sample of the Jetboil Stash to test out before it hits the market. With the current lockdown restrictions in the UK, I haven’t managed to test it on a proper multi-day backpacking trip, but I have still got out with it in my local hills on a number of occasions.
The Stash includes a pot (125g), a plastic lid (16g), a burner (58g) and little sack for it and then a stand (30g) for a gas canister .
The pot has a 0.8 litre capacity with volume markings on the inside and outside and a folding handle with a heat-proof silicone casing. It’s made from the same lightweight anodised aluminium as Jetboil’s other pots but it has thinner walls. At its base there’s Jetboil’s proprietary Flux Ring technology which provides wind protection for the burner and increases the stove efficiency by creating a larger surface area to conduct and spread heat.