Jetboil ZIP Cooking System Product Review

Jetboil ZIP Cooking System Product Review

The Fast Boil and Flash Cooking System for Backpacking

As a hunter and outdoorsman, I’ve spent countless hours in the great outdoors, exploring remote terrains, scouting, backpacking, camping, and hunting. But every hunter knows that the key to a successful outdoor adventure lies in the thrill of the chase and the sustenance that keeps you going. That’s where the Jetboil ZIP Cooking System comes into play. This Jetboil ZIP Cooking System Product Review will share my experiences with this outdoor cooking and water-boiling equipment and cover the pros and cons.

Why Carry A Backup Cooking System When Backpacking

Having a backup cooking system when backpacking, in addition to relying on a campfire, is a wise idea for several reasons. Firstly, campfires may not always be feasible due to environmental regulations or adverse weather conditions, such as rain or high winds. An alternative cooking method ensures you can still prepare meals regardless of the circumstances.

Secondly, a backup system like a portable stove is more fuel-efficient and can boil water or cook food faster, saving valuable time and energy, especially on long hikes. Lastly, it’s essential to minimize our impact on the environment, and using a backup cooking system allows you to do so by reducing the need to collect firewood, which can harm the local ecosystem.

Unveiling Jetboil’s Cooking and Boiling Solution

The Jetboil ZIP Cooking System arrived neatly packaged in a compact, lightweight design that immediately caught my eye. The box included the stove unit, a 0.8-liter FluxRing cooking cup, a fuel canister stabilizer, a drink-through lid with a pour spout, and a bottom cover that doubled as a measuring cup. The setup seemed intuitive and well thought out initially.

Jetboil ZIP Cooking System Box
  • Compact Portability
    • Jetboil’s cooking systems are engineered with the utmost consideration for portability. Their compact and lightweight designs make them ideal for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts on the move.
  • Speedy Efficiency
    • One of Jetboil’s standout features is its rapid heating technology.
  • Ease of Use
    • Jetboil is easy to set up in minutes and easy to operate.

Traditional Backpacking Cooking Systems vs Jetboil

Because many options for boiling and cooking in the field require a fuel source, you are typically mindful of how much fuel you want to carry. This being the case, fuel efficiency and time to cook or boil is a factor. When comparing traditional backpacking cooking options with the Jetboil, several key differences and advantages become apparent:


  • Traditional Systems: Traditional systems are similar in components to the Jetboil and do serve a purpose, but the time it takes to boil water and the amount of fuel needed is where many fall short.
  • Jetboil: The Jetboil is renowned for its remarkable efficiency. Its integrated design, which combines the stove, pot, and heat exchanger, maximizes heat transfer and minimizes fuel consumption. It can boil water in record time, making it incredibly efficient.

Simplicity and Integration

  • Traditional Systems: Traditional systems involve multiple components that must be assembled, including the stove, pot supports, and windscreen. This setup can be a bit complex and time-consuming. Another factor is how secure your pot is on the burner; many solutions I’ve used in the past required me to hold the pot on the burner.
  • Jetboil: The Jetboil is incredibly user-friendly and integrates all necessary components into a single compact unit. This integration simplifies the setup process and ensures that everything fits together seamlessly. The system is designed to lock the boiling cup in place.


Regarding portability, the Jeboil may give up a little ground slightly. The complete system fits into the cup, so it is very portable and easy to keep together, but it is slightly bigger than some solutions I’ve previously used. Because cooking and boiling times were less efficient, I carried more fuel, about three times as much. So, fuel efficiency does make the Jetboil more portable and allows for more space in your backpack.

Wind Resistance

  • Traditional Systems: Wind can significantly affect the performance of conventional stoves, making them less efficient in adverse weather conditions. A windscreen can help, but it’s an additional item to carry.
  • Jetboil: The Jetboil’s design includes a built-in windscreen that provides excellent wind resistance, ensuring consistent heating even in windy conditions.

Boil Times

Camping in Rain Storm – Boiling Water with my old stove took almost 10 minutes
  • Traditional Systems: Boil times with traditional stoves vary depending on the model and conditions but are much slower than Jetboil. The longer cook and or boil time burns more fuel.
  • Jetboil: Jetboil’s design is optimized for rapid water boiling. It can bring water to a boil in minutes, saving you time and fuel.

Fuel Types

  • Traditional Systems: Many systems are versatile and can use various fuel types, including canister fuel, white gas, alcohol, or wood. This flexibility can be advantageous in different situations.
  • Jetboil: The Jetboil primarily uses JetPower fuel canisters, limiting your fuel options. However, this simplicity can benefit those who prefer the convenience of a single fuel source.

In summary, while traditional backpacking cooking systems offer versatility in fuel choices, Jetboil excels in efficiency, integration, and portability. The Jetboil’s all-in-one design, rapid boil times, and wind resistance make it a popular choice for backpackers seeking a reliable and easy-to-use cooking system for their outdoor adventures. Ultimately, the choice between traditional and Jetboil systems will depend on your specific needs, preferences, and the type of backpacking trips you undertake.

Jetboil Products Spotlight

Let’s explore the key products in Jetboil’s lineup and how they enhance outdoor cooking.

  • Jetboil Flash Cooking System
    • The Jetboil Flash Cooking System is a compact and all-in-one cooking solution that combines a burner, cooking cup, and heat exchanger into a single unit. It has impressive boil times, making it perfect for quick meals and hot beverages on the go.
  • Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
    • The Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System offers excellent simmer control, allowing you to prepare more intricate dishes. Its ergonomic design and fuel-efficient performance make it a favorite among outdoor chefs.
  • Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System
    • For those seeking a more extensive cooking setup, the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System offers versatility and cooking space for larger groups. Its two-burner design and foldable windscreen make it a reliable choice for campsite cooking.

The ZIP’s Stellar Performance

Quick and Efficient Boiling

One of the standout features of the Jetboil ZIP is its incredible speed. Its 4,500 BTU burner can boil 12 oz. of water in under two minutes. This rapid heating capability is a game-changer when you’re out in the cold and hungry after a long day of hunting. Note: The cup is locked to the burner, so you can bring the water to a boil while prepping your food. No holding it on the burner to keep it from falling over.

Fuel Efficiency

how many boils per canister

Efficiency is vital when you’re far from civilization; the ZIP doesn’t disappoint. Thanks to its FluxRing technology, it maximizes heat transfer and fuel consumption. A 3.53 oz (100g) fuel canister can last for multiple meals and up to 56 boils, saving you from the hassle of carrying extra fuel on your trips.

Canisters come in multiple sizes, including 3.53 oz, 8.11 oz, and 16 oz.

Compact and Lightweight

Weighing in at a mere 12 ounces (excluding the fuel canister), the ZIP is remarkably lightweight and easy to pack. Its compact size means it won’t take up much space in your backpack, leaving room for other essential gear.

Cooking with Ease

The Jetboil ZIP Cooking System’s simplicity is one of its greatest strengths. Using it is a breeze:

  • Assembly: Setting up the ZIP is as easy as attaching the fuel canister to the stove, securing it with the stabilizer, and connecting the cooking cup.
  • Ignition: The push-button igniter ensures quick and hassle-free ignition, even when wearing gloves in cold conditions. Be advised not all models have a push starter, if this is something you want, double-check before purchasing.
  • Heat Adjustment: The ZIP offers precise heat control, allowing you to simmer, boil, or sauté with ease. The ZIP covers making a hearty stew or a simple cup of coffee.

The Versatility of the ZIP

  • Cooking: From rehydrating freeze-dried meals to preparing fresh ingredients for a gourmet feast, the ZIP’s performance shines in all cooking scenarios.
  • Brewing: As a coffee lover, I appreciate the ZIP’s ability to make a piping hot cup of joe wherever I am. It’s a small luxury that elevates my outdoor experiences.
  • Safety: The ZIP’s integrated heat indicator on the cozy sleeve changes color when the contents are hot, helping prevent accidental burns—a thoughtful feature for the safety-conscious hunter.

Real-World Jetboil Testing

I’ve tested Jetboil’s products in various outdoor scenarios to evaluate their performance in real-world conditions.

  • Backcountry Adventures
    • During backpacking trips, the Jetboil Flash Cooking System’s rapid boiling capabilities proved invaluable, allowing me to prepare hot meals quickly after a long day on the trail.
  • Campsite Cooking
    • The Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System’s precise simmer control was a game-changer for campsite cooking. I could whip up tasty meals in the wilderness with ease.

How it stacked up.

  • Reliability: The ZIP performed flawlessly throughout the trip. It endured chilly mornings and windy evenings without missing a beat.
  • Convenience: With the ZIP, meal preparation was a breeze. Whether it was a quick cup of soup for lunch or a hearty stew for dinner, I could count on it to deliver.
  • Minimal Cleanup: Cleaning up after a meal was a cinch. The non-stick cooking cup was made for easy washing, and the bottom cover’s measuring lines were a handy touch for portion control.

Conclusion: Jetboil ZIP Cooking System Product Review

The Jetboil ZIP Cooking System is an ideal companion for hunting, backpacking, or scouting trips, offering a remarkable combination of convenience, packability, and performance. Its compact and lightweight design ensures it won’t weigh you down or take up too much space in your pack during long treks in the wilderness. This cooking system excels in its rapid boiling capabilities, efficiently heating water or preparing hot meals in minutes. This is especially valuable for hunters and backpackers who need quick, hot sustenance in the field. Its simplicity makes it an excellent choice for individuals on the go, and its efficient fuel consumption ensures you can carry less fuel while achieving more with each canister. With the Jetboil ZIP, outdoor enthusiasts can savor hot food and beverages effortlessly, providing a welcome reprieve from the rigors of the great outdoors.

FAQs: Jetboil ZIP Cooking System Product Review

Let’s address some common questions about Jetboil’s cooking systems.

Are Jetboil canisters refillable?

Jetboil canisters are not designed to be refilled. They are intended for single use and should be disposed of properly according to local regulations. Jetboil offers a recycling program to help minimize environmental impact.

Can Jetboil systems be used in extreme cold weather?

Jetboil systems are designed to function in a wide range of temperatures. However, extreme cold can affect canister performance. To optimize performance in cold weather, consider using an insulating sleeve and placing the canister in a warm water bath before use.

How do I clean and maintain my Jetboil cooking system?

Regular maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your Jetboil system. To clean it, wash the cooking cup and components with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Ensure that all parts are dry before storage. Jetboil also offers maintenance kits and instructions for more in-depth care.


  • Michael Hodgdon

    A firearm, shooting, outdoor, and hunting enthusiast for over 35 years. Thank you all for the suggestions on topics you would like to see; we'll keep posting as you keep sending them in. Please comment; we will try to answer all comments quickly.

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