Looking for a light camp cooking system? The new Jetboil Stash is probably as light as you’ll find on the market, weighing a claimed 7.1 ounces for the burner, pot, and stand.
Jetboil is one of the best-known names on the market, when it comes to ultralight camp cooking systems. While Jetboil’s gadgets are aimed at hikers/mountaineers/bikepackers and other hairy-chested outdoors enthusiasts, its compact, lightweight products also work nicely for motorcycle camping, as long as you don’t mind the expense.
Previously, the Jetboil Flash was the company’s lightweight stove; the Stash comes in 40 percent lighter. Jetboil made the stove out of titanium and ditched the regulator and ignitor to save weight (meaning you’ll need a lighter/matches/whatever, so the weight savings are lost elsewhere … but chances are you were bringing that along anyway).
The new stove brings the .8-litre FluxRing cooking pot to boil in 2.5 minutes. Because there’s no regulator, this isnt a stove you use to simmer. It’s made to get your water boiling so you can make your coffee or re-hydrate your meal. See Jetboil’s demo below:
The Flash stove fits nicely inside the pot, along with a 100-gram isobutane canister and a set of stabilizer legs. The result is very tidy, 4.4 inches in diameter and 5.1 inches tall (112 mm x 130 mm). That’s perfect for adventure riders trying to cut down luggage weight and volume. Alas, Jetboil wants $130 US for the system, which is quite a lot of money. You can see more details on the system at Jetboil’s website.
Would it work for you?
Whether this is a good option for you depends on your budget and needs. If you’re the kind of rider who cuts their toothbrush handle to save weight on a trip, then this might be interesting (and yeah, I’ve seen people who do that). But if you’re OK with a little extra weight in the panniers, something like the Coleman multi-fuel single-burner stove will get the job done much cheaper. The stove itself has a lower price, and fuel is wayyyyyy cheaper.
However, there’s no one-size-fits-everyone solution here, as you can tell by the fact that, along with that Coleman review, we have ADVrider reviews on cooksets here, here, here, and here. A cookstove is a small part of the ADV trip formula, and you might even be able to get by without it in many areas—but it’s something most adventure riders need, and have an opinion on.