Food is a vital part of any camping experience. And not just food, but also nutrition. It can be very difficult to eat a solid meal at the end of a long day on the trail or around a fire at a campsite, and many campers believe their options are limited to hot dogs, s’mores, or trail mix. What many don’t realize is that there are many products available that create filling, healthy, and delicious alternatives to the aforementioned snacks. Such products are designed to be lightweight and easy to use, and include food from companies such as Backpacker’s Pantry, as well as products such as portable camping stoves. To learn how you can Gear Up to cook amazing food during your next trip, keep reading for a review of the Jetboil Sol Stove.
I know what some of you are probably thinking: How can you take a stove on a camping trip? Well Jetboil offers many camping stoves that are portable, lightweight, and take up no more space than a coffee mug, and the Sol is no exception. The individual components, such as the legs and burner attachments, are contained internally during travel, but then unscrew and assemble easily for use. The Sol can hold almost a liter of liquid, which is plenty enough for one person when cooking freeze-dried food or boiling water.
The Sol possesses a push-button igniter that lights the stove quickly and easily, and also has a heat indicator that turns orange when the contents are near boiling point. Also, the adjustable burner is protected from the wind by a windscreen so it won’t blow out during rough weather. The Sol also has a great lid that features a spout and a built-in strainer, which accommodates a variety of uses. Finally, frequent cold weather campers will appreciate the efficient fuel regulator, which maintains gas flow even when temperatures reach 20-degrees.
Customers looking for a portable stove will love the Sol, but will also need to purchase a fuel canister for it. This isn’t a big deal, as they’re usually found near the camping stoves at any retailer. The Sol itself retails for just under $120, which is a very reasonable price for such a reliable product. However, occasional campers might not want to spend that money on a stove and will be willing to stick with granola bars and beef jerky for a weekend trip.
The cool thing about the ever-increasing popularity of enjoying the outdoors is that more and more companies are utilizing design and technology to create products that not only perform consistently under sometimes harsh conditions, but also fit in easily to very limited space without adding too much weight. Jetboil’s Sol Stove not only fits this bill, but also adds to the trip the convenience of being able to cook delicious, hot meals that hit the spot after a long day or a cold night.