Oct 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm #1264486
Looking to upgrade from my SnowPeak Starter Kit (with GigaPower stove) to a Jetboil.
Been down the alcohol stove path, not to enthused.
Any advice?Oct 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm #1655357
Joe, wait until the 2011 versions come out. There will be a titanium, smaller cup version of the Jet Boil that will weigh 9oz complete.Oct 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm #1655359
Interesting. I have that REI dividend and 20% off burning a hole in my pocket. Maybe I will wait.Oct 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm #1655368
Joe, if you're thinking of using your 2010 REI dividend for a JetBoil, just remember that the dividend expires Dec. 31, and the new JB won't be available until later. But your 2011 dividend will happen in March, and the JB should be available by then. Is that what you meant?Oct 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm #1655376
Tough choice. Here is some further info on the new JB'sOct 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm #1655385
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
IMO…I still think that for the most versatile setup the Giga is better than the JB – due to being able to use whatever pot you want at any given time. Having said that the JB is still tops on time/fuel efficiency.
(And yes, you can convert the JB stove to work on other pots…but…not my first choice.)Oct 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm #1655388
one of the biggest advantages of the jetboil is the lock in pot system
if youre ever climbing, need a hanging pot, need to make a quick meal in a canoe, etc … the jetboil is great …
you can literally walk with the pot in yr hand while it cooks
with the new lighter weight ones … no reason not to get one ;)
its not the lightest best option out there … but it is the most idiot proof … lolOct 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm #1655400
I checked, and the 2009 dividend (issued March 2010) does not expire until the end of 2011. I think I can then wait for the new JB.Oct 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm #1655401
I'm not really concerned with the "race to the bottom" in terms of weight. I want something lightweight, but works very reliably.Oct 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm #1655403
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
But the Snowpeak is SOOOO small!Oct 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm #1655735
Since the OP Title asks which one, I'd stick w/the Snowpeak. In my mind, that IS the "upgrade."
I have a Reactor; wicked, wicked fast boil. It's heavy, though. I've been using it to make coffee those mornings I'm late leaving the house; my water's boiling before I can get the beans ground. Not sure you'll find the stove in my pack very often, though… like the Jetboil, double the weight of a light canister stove and pot. Time will tell.
If you didn't try a Caldera on your alcohol stove path, I'd recommend trying one before you give up on alky.Oct 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm #1655749
@redleaderLocale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Snow Peak to Jetboil sounds like backwards to me.Oct 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm #1655784
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> Snow Peak to Jetboil sounds like backwards to me.
Seriously upwards in weight terms.
Huge marketing spin by JetBoil though.
CheersOct 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm #1655801
curious- is there a problem w/ your current Giga?
mine boils quickly (don't use it to simmer, but looks like it will), is basically idiot proof, very light and compact- personally I wouldn't even consider another canister stove for three season useOct 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm #1655803
I'd stick with the Gigapower also. Mine has served me well in all conditions for a long time.
More versatile, less overall weight if paired with a good pot.
The savings in fuel of the Jetboil won't be realized unless you're on the trail for a LONG time.Oct 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm #1656346
I went back to the Gigapower (from an even lighter Snowpeak)after reading the articles on CO2 emissions. I don't often have to cook in a vestibule, but if I do I wanted the stove with the lowest CO2 output. And it is waaaay lighter than a JB. I only mkae dehydrated meals, so I just need a Titanium cup to boil water.Oct 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm #1656347
Thanks everyone for the opinions. Maybe I need to give my GigaPower another shot. Also, maybe if Tom weren't on the shelf and could come for a hike I could try his Caldera.Oct 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm #1656462
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Wow, hitting a guy when he's down and injured!! I started physical therapy to work on that planar faciitis, and hope to be back on the trail soon.
Let me know anytime you want to borrow something.
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