Comparing between MSR pocket rocket and jetboil
Personal Cooking System.
To begin with, some basic facts on the two:
pcs (which nowadays comes in the flash addition) is Jetboil's basic
cooking kit. It's a nice kit, build of a burner that can be stored
inside the unique mug that serves as the cooking pot too.
The big idea is the special pot, that got these fins welded to its bottom. The fins absorb lots of the heat from the flame that runs under it. The pot is also designed to block the wind in some manner. The windshield also helps to keep more of the heat for cooking instead of just being wasted to the free air. What you get is a cooking kit with much higher efficiency than the average stove+pot combination.
The way I see it, the main disadvantage of the Jetboil is that you have to get it as a kit and use it as a kit. Another issue with it, is that it is not suited for simmer and for wide pots.
pocket rocket, on the other hand, is an ultralight gas stove, meant for
ultralight backpacking but can be great in many other opportunities.
For me, the pocket rocket is a simple, robust and reliable
stove. You can use it with any pot or pan, it weighs around 3Oz and
folds quite compact. It is far more versatile than the Jetboil.
If we want to have a fair comparison, I think we should look at it along with a pot. MSR got this Ti pot that is meant to go along with the Pocket rocket. Just like the Jetboil, this pot can store the burner and the canister. This is the pot I suggest (for the sake of comparing, that is.): 0.85 liter pot by MSR: http://www.rei.com/product/649902
An even better offer I have is to go for the 1 liter pot by Primus . It got them fins on the bottom, and it comes with a dedicated lid. It really boosts up the efficiency.
the basic, the MSR burner is around 40$. The Jetboil kit is around
100$. On the one hand, if you'll add a pot to the MSR kit we'll also
to around 100$. On the other hand, if you got some pots at home, you
on using them and save the money. Win
by points to MSR
The Jetboil kit is around 15Oz. The Pocket rocket burner
is 3Oz. Adding the pot (10.4Oz) gets you to 13.4Oz. Not a big
difference, but same goes here, you can get a lighter pot... Win by
points to MSR
Both stoves will boil the water
pretty fast, but this is not the point... The point is, that Jetboil
will do it with half the fuel... On a single canister, you can boil
twice as much water, which might be significant on a few days hike.
I think that using the Primus pot will close the gap a bit.
points for Jetboil.
Another big difference is handling winds. Both stoves will keep on running in the wind. The thing is, that with the MSR, most of the heat will blow in the wind unlike the Jetboil that absorbs most of the heat in windy usage too. Win by KO for Jetboil.
On most cases, I'd
recommend the MSR. Go for the
Jetboil kit if the look does it for you (It is colorful, after
all...). On most cases, if the winds are moderate, hiding the MSR
behind some rock or your backpack should be enough to overcome this