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Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Greg

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Jetboil Sol Ti: Ultralight, Ultrafast Camp Stove

When you’re heading to the wild- or even the backyard- carrying loads of gear isn’t fun. Whether it’s a school campout sleepover with the kids, or just the two of you visiting a National Park on a romantic trek, minimizing hassles and weight are priorities. There are lots of camping and hiking cooking options, from big stoves for the family, to individual models. Today, we look at one of the most compact and lightweight ones, meant for backcountry use when reliability is key and your car (and the nearest store) can be miles away.

The Jetboil Sol Ti is the latest from this company, which focuses on performance gear for serious users. We raved about them four years ago, and continue to use their stoves when every ounce matters. Weighing in at only 8.5 ounces without the stabilizer or support, this little darling can still manage to get a full half-liter of water to boil in around two and a quarter minutes (a bit less on a new can of fuel). The fuel canisters weigh carry 100g each, and should manage 15-24 complete boils each (they are rated at more, 12 liters, but you’ll need to expend some extra while you’re cooking or just keeping them hot).

This is all possible thanks to the magic of titanium, used here to ensure that the cooking cup is svelte while still durable. As always, ignition is push-button easy, and there are lots of accessories, including the nifty Coffee Press ($15) that we liked so much in our original review. The cup is insulated, making sure that your stew, tea, or java stay warm for quite a while even in frosty conditions. And we liked the lid, which offers not only an easy-drinking pour spout but a strainer as well. It’s not perfect, but pretty great- you’ll still need to sip carefully though, as contents most definitely will be hot. The cover doubles (or triples) as a bowl and measuring cup too.

The Sol Ti has won plenty of awards, and it’s easy to see why. Granted, not everyone needs the weight savings that titanium offers. But there are other improvements as well that make this our new favorite backcountry camping cook method- it takes up little space in the sack, adds barely any weight, and works like a charm. You might not want to cook for more than you and another person, but at least neither of you will mind carrying it. Available now, online and in stores, for around $150.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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