Jetboil Stash Ultralight Backpacking Stove Review
On the JMT, I had the pleasure of meeting a hiker who was eating cold-soaked ramen with M&Ms mixed in. Though I admired his dedication to the ultralight ethos, I vowed to never let that happen to me. On the trail, hot coffee and dinner are non-negotiable for me. I will be that friend at camp who lets you use her stove in exchange for a couple of Sour Patch kids.
Though I never considered my Jetboil Flash to be wasted weight, I hated trying to find a place in my pack for it. When I heard Jetboil was coming out with a brand-new ultralight stove, I had a visceral reaction. Even though there are lighter products than my older Flash cooking system, I never made the switch because of the durability of Jetboil’s products. My hiking partner’s Jetboil cooking system is going on 3+ years old, with copious use around the country. With my new Jetboil Stash cooking system, I’ll still be the friend who boils you coffee, but I may be creeping dangerously close to your base weight.
Jetboil Stash At a Glance
- MSRP: $129.95
- Weight: 7.1 oz
- Boil time: 2.5 minutes
- Capacity: 0.8 L
Circumstances of Review
For the sake of transparency, I had a very short window of time to test this product. Because I’ve used Jetboil products for years, I knew exactly how I had to test its reliability and durability. I took it straight into the cold, high-elevation Wasatch Mountains for a quick backcountry trip and a few ski day treats.
Despite below-freezing temperatures and high elevation, the Stash boiled water for oatmeal in under two minutes. The cook pot also keeps food warm, so I don’t have to worry about shoveling food into my mouth before the freezing air gets to it. I am extremely pleased with how quickly this stove heats my water and food, and found it very straightforward to use. The entire cooking system packs together, and I love how little space it takes up in my pack. Out of the few times I’ve used it, the only issue I had was with the reliability of my lighter. Apparently, lighters don’t like cold weather and high elevations either. Other than that, the Stash cook system exceeded my expectations in the dead of Utah winter.
- Lid with drink/pour spout. The lid has a hole for steam, so you can boil water faster and also see when it’s almost done.
- Lid with spot to snap in fuel can. A four-ounce isobutane can snaps in place to fit firmly inside the cooking system.
- Stove with titanium burner. Titanium stoves are notoriously lightweight and durable. This one definitely impresses.
- Fuel stabilizer included. Not all cooking surfaces are created equally. On uneven or rocky ground, the stabilizer simply hooks onto the fuel can for increased safety. As a reminder, always cook on solid ground away from your tent.
- Pot handle design. The cook pot handle is coated with a protective layer, so you can handle it with boiling water. Also, it’s specifically designed to flip back over for packing.
- Compatible with all isobutane fuels*. Although Jetboil has a proprietary fuel, any isobutane product will do. These include MSR and Snow Peak fuels, to name a couple. Bear in mind these products can’t be shipped, so I always make a point to have a few fuel cans stashed in my gear box in case my local REI runs out.
- Temperature-regulating pot. I don’t know the official term for this, but basically, you can hold the pot in your hands even when there’s boiling water inside. Major key.
*Jetboil recommends using their fuel as often as possible.
What I Love (Pros)
- Eating out of a pot. It’s the simple luxuries we crave on the trail. Scraping mashed potatoes out of the bottom of the bigger Flash cooking system was a bit of a pain. Eating ramen out of a pot is 1000% more dignified.
- Packability. The design of this product is extremely smart. There’s a spot for a small (four-ounce) isobutane fuel container to fit directly in the pot, with the stove.
- Weight: This is nearly half the weight of my other Jetboil cooking system. I will never sacrifice my morning coffee.
- Reliability. Though I haven’t the product long enough to thoroughly test the durability, the Stash is already just as reliable as any other Jetboil product.
- Versatility. Though the Stash system includes a 0.8-liter pot, you could bring along something larger or smaller, depending on who you were cooking for. This size is perfect for one hungry backpacker.
- Easy packing + use instructions. In case you’re hesitant, the Stash comes with all the information you’ll need. Additionally, there are basic packing instructions right on the outside of the pot. It all fits together, I promise.
If We Lived in a Perfect World… (Cons)
- I can’t forget my lighter. I know, I know, I can’t complain about the weight of my cooking system and also not want to rely on a lighter. But, with Jetboil’s other products there is a built-in ignitor. I love that. I recommend carrying an extra lighter at all times. In my use of this stove so far, that was the only piece that gave me grief.
- On the pricier side. This is undoubtedly on the higher end for ultralight stove kits. However, I do love how it’s all built to fit and pack together, as opposed to buying a stove, pot, and fuel all separately.
- Cleaning out the bowl. Dishes in the backcountry are not my fav. You’ll definitely want to bring extra wipes or a tiny scrubber to make sure all the food bits are able to be wiped clean out of the bowl after each use. I don’t have a better solution here, other than a magical self-cleaning cook system that is probably still many years ahead of us.
What the Jetboil Stash is Best For
I recommend this for overnight trips, long thru-hikes, and every in between. The only reason I would bring my Flash cook system instead of the Stash is if I was cooking for multiple people. Even then, I could cajole whoever I’m with the bring a bigger pot along for themselves. Otherwise, there’s no difference in quality and reliability between the two products.
If you’re a budding gear nerd like me, you know that many thru-hikers build their “kitchens” from individual lightweight products. What I love most about this product is it does that work for you – packaging a stove system in one compact, lightweight pot.
I highly recommend this product for anyone getting into backpacking, especially those focused on keeping weight low. Even though I had a short timeline to test the Stash, this new product is fueling my excitement for next backpacking season. I was honestly considering whether I would make the switch to a lighter cooking system hammer or stick with my older Jetboil system this coming summer. Again, coffee is a personal essential and I could not risk bringing a less reliable stove on some of my upcoming backpacking goals.
This cooking system works as well as I had hoped in cold weather and high elevations. I recently met someone who had had his Jetboil system for over 10 years, and similarly swears by the brand. I’m hoping this new product is with me for many years of mediocre instant coffee and delicious Mac n Cheese.
- MSRP: $84.95
- Weight: 9.8 oz
- Boil Time: 3.5 minutes
- Capacity: 0.75 L
*specs of combined products*
- MSRP: $94.95
- Weight: 7.2 0z
- Boil Time: 4 min 48 sec
- Capacity: 0.9 L
- MSRP: $84.95
- Weight: 11.75 oz
- Boil Time: 5 min
- Capacity: 0.8 L
This item was donated for purpose of review.
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