What is it?
Jetboil’s Flash compact cooking system is fast. And by fast, I mean this little unit will boil 16 fluid ounces of water in 100 seconds without breaking a sweat. Whether you’re heating water for a dehydrated meal or melting snow to drink in the backcountry, the Flash stows conveniently in any pack thanks to its all-in-one canister design. A push-button igniter replaces the need for a lighter while the color-changing Neoprene sleeve lets you know when your liquid is boiling. The total package weighs a shade over 13 ounces.
What problem does it solve?
Pounds, ounces, and grams. Every bit of weight adds up, whether you’re thru-hiking or scrambling up the mountain to hit the summit for sunrise. Compact camp stoves that tout their lack of weightiness are abundant these days, but many sacrifice efficiency along the way. The Flash’s ability to boil water (or your fluid of choice) with such speed ensures your adventure can continue without pause.
Should you buy it?
If you’re the type that needs coffee before your day can actually begin, you’re going to need a camp stove that’ll get your water piping hot. If you’re looking to steer clear of the heavy stoves on the market that are better suited for car camping, you’re going to need something compact. And finally, if you’re hoping to spend as little time as possible waiting for your goods to get warm, you’re going to need Jetboil’s Flash. Wait for the next REI Garage Sale to pick one up for cheap like I did if you don’t want to pay the premium price.
Answer: yes, you should buy it.