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James Maxhimer

James Maxhimer

South Central PA AT, Wissahickon, Philadelphia

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James Maxhimer

James Maxhimerwrote a review of on March 21, 2011

5 5

After using my Jetboil for a year now, I can say that it is the best all around cooking system I have used in a long time. While it is not the lightest or most compact, it is pretty much the fastest cooking system out there. A pound is a tad heavy for some ultralighters, but I will gladly make the trade off for speed and ease of use.

The thing that really gets me is the efficiency. The 100 gram canisters made by Jetboil fit right inside the pot and look to be too small to really cook anything worthwhile. So you boil you coffee, the water for dehydrated dinner and so on and it keeps going. It always seems like there is one more left in the tank. With little to no wind, I've had a little over an hour straight out of one canister. That should be enough for 30 cups of coffee, or around 15-20 dinners.

The big drawback is the flame settings. There are only two: off and jet engine. I have managed to cook something as delicate as rice, and even melted chocolate, but it required constant attention and babying. I have learned my lesson and on trip where there is real food, I bring my Whisperlite. Stability is also a little bit of an issue as the pot is pretty tall and top heavy, especially with a full liter of water, but since the Flash comes with the stabilizer, this is less of an issue.

To wrap up (sorry, I like to give long winded reviews) if you drink coffee/tea, or generally need to boil water outside quickly and efficiently, get a Jetboil.

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James Maxhimer

James Maxhimerwrote a review of on March 20, 2011

5 5

This is by and large the best compact headlamp I have ever used. I purchased the BD Spot (newer generation) a few months after the XP, and while it is a tad brighter than the XP, I feel like Petzl build a sturdier product. The diffuser creates a nice light for setting up camp, and the normal light is great for faster night hiking. I really like the red LED, bright enough for my purposes (answering the call of nature without blinding tent-mates), but I don't use the red LED as much as I thought I would.

The whistle int he headband is a really nice touch, one less thing I need to remember to bring with me. The battery life has been really good to me, with several weeks of heavy use on a single change of batteries. After many months with it, I purchased the CORE rechargeable battery adapter, and have never worried about running out of batteries again. Durability has also been a non issue, as I expect to get many more years out of this little guy.

All in all, the XP2 now occupies the only headlamp spot in my pack, as well as the coveted "Household Flashlight Award".

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