Stemaniacwrote a review of Jetboil Zip Cooking System on November 29, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I first saw a Jetboil in action when I went through land survival school in the military. The instructors used them and made us students boil water the hard way; in a can, over a fire, in the rain and snow. The Jetboil boils water so fast it is impressive. When I started backpacking and mountaineering I bought the Zip. 1. It's smaller, which means lighter and easier to fit in a pack. I had read that the cup of the Sol was thinner and I wanted something that would take some abuse. 2. It's old school. There is no built in ignition, which means less stuff to break. I like using a flint striker to light it, hasn't failed yet (5 years). 3. It's cheaper. We all want the really fancy gear, but who can really afford it? Not this guy, but for the money the Zip is legit.