15 Jan 2012

Jetboil Sol Ti

My new Jetboil SOL Ti has just completed a 12 day hiking shake-down in the Nelson Lakes area. Gosh, these stoves are marvelous! Prior to this I was using a 900ml Evernew pot and MSR Rocket stove. Backpackinglight has a good weight comparison report on the Jetboil (but you must subscribe - well worth it), 
I discarded the cup and all up weight was 265grams - It boils 800mls in 2 minutes! Almost half the time of my MSR Rocket. The gas savings are incredible. Plus the bonus of efficient operation in the wind.
I took a 385g MSR gas canister for the 12 day trip and had about a third of the canister left over.
The Jetboil website states a 110g canister will boil 17 liters of water. I am basically boiling 300mls at breakfast (instant Backcountry porridge) and in the evening 500 for soup, 300 for freeze dried meal and 500 for tea/coffee. So let's round up to 2 liters a day - so for an 8 day trip I can easily get away with a 110 can of gas. This is confirmed from my 12 day trip with larger canister.
The 110 canister can also packs inside the cup, making the overall package very small - good for small liter light weight pack.
I also like the self ignition switch - no fiddling with matches/lighter. However, if I was solo, I would take waterproof matches.
One complaint - the handle is useless - however, because of insulation cover, you can hold the pot with your hands. I am going to cut my handle off.
If you are using the bigger 385g canister in huts, you could leave the canister support triangle at home. However, the canister support is a must if using the 110g canister, or larger one in un-level outdoor settings.


  1. I dont see the point of cutting the handle off. You never know. I also hold the fantastic Jetboil spoon init while stashed in the pack. Stove wise its superb. I cant see me using meths for a long time.

  2. Hi Robin,
    Glad you have found something that suits you. Hope you have had some better weather than we have had although you were not too far away from where we were in Tongariro when the trees blew down and almost toppled the motorhome.

  3. Hi Allan - yeah, we had better weather than the North Island - Out of the 12 days we had heavy rain for two days and had pit days in Paske Hut. Plus one drizzle day over Waiau Pass that killed the views. Otherwise, great trip - see photos on my Picasa site (click one of the photos on my blog page to get there).

  4. Hi Robin,
    Looked at your brill pics. We have just returned from Marahau. And did 17km along the easy Abel T Track.
    We are now in Ruby Bay enjoying the sunset. I could live in the Nelson area.

  5. Hi, I just ordered a Jetboil Sol Ti and I'm just exploring the upper limits of what total boiling time you can get out of the canister which can fit inside. The Jetboil 100g canister rattles loose inside, the Jetboil 230g canister won't fit inside due to diameter. I see you have a 110g canister which is fitting with room to spare? So what are wider canisters not as wide as Jetboil 230g?

  6. I used the Sol Ti in Lapland last summer for almost 3 weeks and used only 2 primus 110 gms canisters (picture here http://www.nielsenbrownoutdoors.com/2011/08/gear-reflections-lapland-2011.html) , I was boiling 300 mls for coffee in the morning and around 600 mls at night, average fuel consumption was 9 gms. of gas per litre of water boiled. It is a very economical stove, which packs up nicely. I removed the handle, not because of weight saving but because it did not work as a handle. Oh and I did not use the support triangle, I just needed to ensure that the I had a stable base before lighting the stove. As a backup lighter I carried a mini light my fire flint and steel.


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