The Jetboil Sol Ti is really good for heating up water fast. Really good. With a heat exchange fins, it’s also pretty miserly on canister gas. When used with a small canister it also packs up small in your backpack, a desirable feature when you need to carry a lot of other camping gear and food.
If all you need to do is boil water for drinks, to re-hydrate freeze-dried or home-packaged freezer-bag meals, or cook very simple soupy dishes like ramen noodles, the Jetboil will work admirably for your needs. I’d guess that describes about 95% of the backpacking population, which explains why this stove is so popular. It’s only real limitation is that large gas canisters won’t fit in the pot when you pack it, but if your adventures only last for a two or three nights, then Jetboil Sol Ti is going to work very well for you.
The Jetboil Cooking System
The Jetboil Sol Ti isn’t just a backpacking stove, but a complete cooking system, an important distinction when comparing stoves to one another. It consists of the following components:
- a self-igniting stove mounted in a plastic bracket
- an adjustable pressure regulator for different seasonal temperatures
- a 0.8 liter titanium cook pot with embossed liquid measurements
- an insulating pot sleeve and flexible handle
- a fold out stand (that most people leave at home – but is actually quite useful)
- plastic lid with sipper and strainer
- plastic cup which fits over bottom of pot, protects the heat fins, and which I use it to store a choreboy for cleaning
The stove provided with the Jetboil Sol Ti is fairly unremarkable as stoves go, but it works very well as a component of the entire cook system which is optimized around it. It has a push button igniter which eliminates the need for matches or an emergency flint striker to light the gas. There’s also a pressure regulation valve set off to the side that lets you adjust the gas flow for hot weather or cold weather use, when the temperature is cold and your gas doesn’t vaporize as easily.
If there’s a limitation with the stove, it’s that it is nearly impossible to simmer with, which is a common fault of cooking systems like this which are mainly intended to boil water and not intended for heating anything up except thin soups. Part of the problem is that you simply can’t see the flame when the pot is locked into the pot stand that surrounds the stove and the other is that it just goes out if you turn the stove down too low. If you want to simmer, you almost need to hold the stove at eye level, like on the porcupine board in an AT shelter or a picnic table, so you can see when the flame starts to flicker and die.
The other problem with cooking more substantive meals is that the food will float to the top of the pot and retain all of the stoves heat until the hot water erupts violently through the food – messy, messy – although you can avoid this is you stir the food continuously. This has the added benefit of preventing burned food at the bottom of the pot. But if you need to simmer or cook 1-pot meals often, this really isn’t the stove or the pot that you want.
The Cook Pot
The Jetboil Sol Ti cook pot, like the stove, is engineered for boiling water but doubles as a drinking mug. With a volume of 0.8 liters, the effective capacity of the pot is actually quite small though, so you may need to boil water several times if you want to drink more than a pint of tea or cocoa at a time.
Pots like this cannot be filled to the rim because they boil over too easily, so the effective cooking volume of the pot is far less than its actual capacity. For example, the 0.8 liter pot is barely large enough to cook a package of Ramen noodles and you can’t really fill the pot more than half way with water to cook them. When you do cook them, you will probably want to keep the cover off the to so you can see if a boil-over is likely. The pot cover is brown and effectively opaque so you can’t see what’s going on inside. Just be careful.
The Pot Stand
When fully assembled and filled with water, the Jetboil Sol Ti system is very unstable if you cook on an uneven surface like the ground or a rock. While most people discard it as unnecessary weight, it really is a valuable safety feature if you’re the slightest bit prone to knocking over your stove or letting it fall over while you attend to something else in camp while you are cooking.
Eating from the Pot
The cook pot serves dual use as a pot for cooking with and a cup for eating and drinking from. While the cloth cozy does provide sufficient insulation to grip the pot, you may still need to wait a minute or two for the pot to cool for it to be comfortable to hold. It can also be a little tricky to disengage the hot pot from the pot stand once its locked in place, so it’s best to disengage it with the pot lid securely pressed on, to prevent hot water from splashing onto your hand.
Cleaning the Cook Pot
Cleaning the Jetboil Sol Ti cook pot should be easy because you can’t really cook anything very dense in it. Be forewarned though. When you do clean it, make sure not to get the cozy wrapped around the pot wet, because it’s not waterproof. It wets out very easily and will make everything inside your backpack wet if you pack it away after washing up from breakfast. Best do your washing at night when the pot cozy has time to dry or pack the Jetboil Sol Ti in an outside pocket of your backpack where it can’t make the rest of your gear wet.
- Complete cook system including stove, pot, lid and optional cup
- Heats water really fast
- Fuel efficient
- Packs up small in your backpack when used with a small canister
- Very lightweight at 9.9 ounces, without fuel
- Difficult to use for cooking more substantive meals than soups
- Limited liquid capacity
- Pot cozy is not easily removable for washing up and stays wet when you want to pack it
- Expensive at $149 MSRP
The Jetboil Sol Ti Titanium Cook System boils water quickly and efficiently for making hot drinks or rehydrating pre-packaged backpacking meals. It’s a very compact, ultralight, and self-contained when packed with a small fuel canister and is a complete ultralight cookware system for 2 or 3 day backpacking trips. If you need to cook for multiple people or want to be able to cook more complex 1-pot meals, you’d be better off getting a higher volume Jetboil cooking system or cook pot (since Jetboil components are interchangeable) because it can hold more liquid and is easier to clean up.
- Complete system, without gas canister: 9.9 ounces
- Pot and cozy: 4.6 ounces
- Stove with integrated pot stand: 3.6 ounces
- Lid: 0.7 ounces
- Extra cup and fin protector: 1.0 ounces
Disclosure: Jetboil provided Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) with a sample Jetboil Sol Ti Titanium Cook System for this review.
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