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Gear Review: Pimp Your Jetboil

Four cool accessories add even more versatility to the hot little cooker that you've come to love.
Photos and text by Allison Woods.
  • The Sol burner is the system's backbone. I've used it for 14 months in myriad conditions--at temps down to 30°F and up to 11,000 feet in Wyoming's Wind Rivers. Add the included pot support (above) and it works with any flat-bottomed pot.
  • Seen here with its .8-liter sibling, the Sol, the Sumo Ti pot has a 1.8-liter capacity, making it an ideal setup for 2 people. The Sumo Ti is available separately, or as a system ($190; 12 oz.) with the Sol burner, pot stabilizer, and canister stand.
  • The Sumo Companion Bowl Set includes a pair of 23-ounce polypropylene bowls, one 15-ounce bowl, and three sipper lids. All of these, plus the Sol burner and a small (100 gram) fuel canister, nest neatly inside the Ti Sumo.
  • That's me noshing on ramen from the large bowl in Idaho's Bighorn Crags. The insulating neoprene sleeve can be flipped over to grey to distinguish your bowl from your partner's. After dinner, I used the bowl with the sippy lid to enjoy a hot Jello.
  • During a cocoa break on the cross-country trail system at Washington's Crystal Springs, we melted snow in the Ti Sumo. The keys: Start with an inch of water in the pot, keep adding snow, dial the flame down to a low setting, and stir constantly.
  • Cutting-edge welding technology holds Jetboil's signature heat exchanger fins to the cookpot, but titanium requires some TLC. Blast away for boiling a pot of water, but follow the directions for good results when melting snow or cooking dinner.
  • The Sumo's almost 7" deep, so bring Jetboil's Utensil Kit, which includes a fork, spoon, and spatula. They are a compact 5.2-inches long, and extend to 8.5 inches to keep your knuckles clean while stirring soup or eating from a meal-in-a-bag.
  • Want to get rid of your spent canisters without adding to the landfill? Here's the answer: the CrunchIt. Just screw it to your dead canisters to vent residual gas, then push down to puncture the can (3-4 times) and toss it in the recycle bin.
  • <b>The Specs:</b> <b>Sumo Ti FluxRing Companion Cup</b><br> $130<br> 7.6 oz. (on BACKPACKER scales)<br>  <b>Sumo Companion Bowl Set</b><br> $20<br> 6.4 oz.<br>  <b>CrunchIt</b><br> $6<br> 1 oz.<br>  <b>Utensil Kit</b><br> $10<br> 1.3 oz.<br>
The Sol burner is the system's backbone. I've used it for 14 months in myriad conditions--at temps down to 30&deg;F and up to 11,000 feet in Wyoming's Wind Rivers. Add the included pot support (above) and it works with any flat-bottomed pot.
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The Sol burner is the system's backbone. I've used it for 14 months in myriad conditions--at temps down to 30°F and up to 11,000 feet in Wyoming's Wind Rivers. Add the included pot support (above) and it works with any flat-bottomed pot.


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I would be more inclined to add accessories if Jetboil had a hint of quality control. I bought a Sumo pot over the winter and after one use the lid deformed and no longer snaps onto the pot...ONE USE!! C'mon Jetboil when people fork over their money for a supposedly rugged outdoors product they expect more than that.
— Macfish

C'mon Backpacker, grow up. This is a puerile title.
— "Pimp"

"Pimping" our stoves? I expect better more appropriate language from Backpacker - are we prostituting our stoves, and what next? I don't find this respecful or entertaining as a reader.
— Lin

Pimp? Really? Love Backpacker and my Jetboil, but can we ease off the language that has roots in the oppression of women?!
— Kelly

You got a lemon! I have no complaints!!! And 4 of my kayaking buddies have had no problems!
— KB

Funny, you would think one of the bigger pimp options would be the hanger?
— Anonymous

The "Pimp" part comes from the crass commercialism and materialism so heartily encouraged and endorsed by "Backpacker" magazine to keep its advertisers happy... Once upon a time, the "tonic" of Nature was sought as a refuge from materialism; now commerce has found a way to commoditize every aspect of the "nature industry." That's right, folks: Everyone, go buy something!
— Anonymous

My son and I have the original, took back the skillet (couldn't keep it clean) and the Helios. Used them many times (although never abused/warped) and will buy more. Pimping a device implies customizing it in a way that makes it uniquely the owner's, which none of these products in the article do. Bad article, good product.
— Greg

A pimp wouldn't have a Jetboil. Their girls do all the cookin'. Sorry had to say that because the title just seemed silly. Interestng article though.
— bug eye

Come on people, lighten up a little! Clearly, our use of the word pimp has nothing to do with prostitution. A more modern intent of the word was intended...from Wikepedia: " In the first years of the 21st century, a new meaning of the word has emerged in the form of a transitive verb pimp, which means "TO DECORATE" or "TO GUSSY UP" (compare primp, especially in Scottish usage). This new definition was made popular by Pimp My Ride, an MTV television show. Although this new definition paid homage to hip-hop culture and its connection to street culture, it has now entered COMMON, even MAINSTREAM, COMMERCIAL USE. " --Kristin, gear editor PS--Anonymous, you're right, we should have included the hanger, which is a cool option.
— --Kristin, gear editor


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