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I got a chance to get in some skiing in Park City, Utah last weekend, and I must say it was great. We did a little testing on the Patagonia Primo jacket, Primo Pants, and R2 jacket. I wanted to share a fun picture of when I ate it in some off run pow.Park City Powder Fall

Jetboil Flash About the Jetboil Flash

The Jetboil Flash in the latest innovation from Jetboil. Like the Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS), the Flash is an integrated cup, stove, and heat exchanger. The integration of all the components make the Jetboil systems extremely efficient. According to Jetboil the Flash will boil two cups of water in an amazingly fast two minutes. The features and specs from the Jetboil website:

  • 1.0 Liter FluxRing® cooking cup with insulating cozy, featuring Flash color-change heat indicator
  • Adjustable stainless steel burner with push-button “through-cup” igniter
  • Drink-through lid and insulating bottom cover/measuring cup
  • Tripod base for added stability
  • Available in Gold, Violet, Sapphire and Carbon
  • Weight: 14 oz (397 g)
  • Volume: 32 oz (1 Liter)
  • Boil Time: 16 oz (1/2 Liter) = 2 minutes
  • Water Boiled: 12 Liters per 100g Jetpower canister
  • Dimensions: 4.1” x 7.1” (104 mm x 180 mm)

Differences Between Jetboil PCS and Jetboil Flash

On initial inspection, the differences between the Jetboil PCS and the Flash seemed fairly cosmetic to me so I inquired further. Ric Pratte from Jetboil's PR firm gave me some more in-depth information on the updates.

The technical difference between PCS and Flash is in the burner. [The] Flash burner control is a wire "bale", which is easier to access and operate than [the] knob on the PCS. The Flash igniter is low profile and comes up through the burner head, which means its less likely to be damaged than the PCS igniter. The burner head is solid stainless steel, as compared to the mesh head on the PCS, which is subject to shrinking over time and then falling out. Also, the Flash comes with a tripod stabilizer, which is a $10 retail value.

First Impressions of the Jetboil Flash

The Jetboil Flash is a pretty impressive piece of equipment. Stowed, all components fit within the Flash's 32oz. cup for easy transport. The Flash is a bit heavier than the homemade alcohol stove I currently use for warm weather pursuits but the Flash's simplicity and quick boils will no doubt be key during the colder months. In the couple boils I did to test the Flash did indeed get water to a boil very quickly, and the heat indicator on the side is a nice (though not altogether necessary) touch -- it turns orange when the water reaches 140°F. I look forward to giving the Jetboil Flash a good workout in the coming months.

What We're Looking for in the Jetboil Flash

With the Jetboil already being used by many of the top mountaineers on some of the highest peaks in the world (see Peter Whittaker mention the Jetboil as a mountaineering game changer) we anticipate that the Jetboil Flash will be an asset on our backcountry endeavors in slightly less demanding conditions.

Stoic Merino Wool Crew This lightweight wool next to skin base layer should be an essential for anyone doing cold weather activities. This Athletically fitted crew neck shirt has long sleeves and offers thumb holes to keep it getting bunched up under other layers. Even giving your hand a little extra heat inside gloves. All of Stoic shirts are somewhat stylish and would look just fine spending time at the bar after making your final tracks of the day. Although I would probably wear another shirt or a vest over it to keep from being “That Guy.” But at least it won’t smell bad when you offer to buy the cute ski bunny a beverage. Design: Ultra-fine Merino Wool base layer Retail: $59 (Buy) Why it’s hot:
  • Athletic Cut
  • Thumb Holes
  • Better Looking Than Plain Base Layers
Why it’s not:
  • Thumb Holes Could Be a Tad Bigger
  • Lighter colored fabrics are a little see though

Found this pretty funny video of Backpacker Magazine editors interviewing the designers of Eddie Bauer's First Ascent clothing line.  Included are Ed Viesturs, Pete Whittaker, and others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRKyqYeutyY

Check out this hilarous video on cross-country snowboarding, a sport that is sure to take off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w7sVSMbjyM

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