The Jetboil Zip is a simple and small integrated canister stove. It's 0.75 liter pot makes it a bit more packable than some other stoves in this category. The burner and pot connect securely, and the integrated design improves fuel efficiency. However, we've become used to the wire control valves and reliable piezo igniters found on top models. The tiny knob on the Zip can be hard to operate when the stove is about to boil over, and we had to remember which backpack pocket our lighter was in whenever it was time for a hot drink. For folks on a budget who are willing to forgo these nice extras, this stove could be a good choice.
JetBoil Zip Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Compact, lightweight, fairly efficient
Cons: No piezo igniter, tiny valve knob
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Zip is a basic smaller integrated canister stove without any of the nice details we've grown used to in the last decade or so.
The Zip is fairly efficient for an integrated canister stove. Though it only used 0.2 ounces in our no wind boil test, we say "fairly" because of the pot's low capacity. The pot on the zip only holds 0.75 liters of water when full to the brim. We tested it with 0.5 liters of water; the other stoves were tested with 1 liter.
If we doubled the fuel burned (and we think that would be an overestimation), the Zip would still be performing respectably for an integrated canister stove, and well compared to many other stoves in the review. In our 2-4 mph fan test, the Zip burned 50% more fuel.
At 10.6 ounces (300 grams), the Zip is the lightest integrated canister stove in our review and one of the lighter stoves in general when you take into account that a pot is included. This weight does not include the canister stand (0.9 ounces) or small plastic cup that comes with the stove.
Remember that the Zip comes with the smaller Jetboil pot, which holds 0.75 liters when filled to the brim. For a couple of ounces more, you can get one of their 1-liter pots.
Integrated canister stoves are generally not built to simmer. The Zip can technically simmer, but it's not great in this metric. The control valve sensitivity wasn't too bad. The small diameter of the pot means that with a little stirring, it's easy to keep the middle from getting scorched.
While boil times are a fairly low priority when comparing backpacking stoves, they're not irrelevant. Just like with fuel efficiency, remember that the pot included with the Zip is smaller than most of the other integrated canister stove pots, so we boiled half as much water in our testing.
The Zip brought that 0.5 liters of water to boil in 3 minutes and 12 seconds. Using the stove in front of our fan blowing 2 - 4 mph added only about 40 seconds to that time.
Ease Of Use
At the dawn of the integrated canister stove category, we would have thought this model was pretty easy to use, because back then all stoves like this were easier to use than others. Now, the fact that there's no piezoelectric igniter makes it feel old-fashioned for a Jetboil.
The other characteristic that brings us back in time is the valve control knob. Compared to the modern wire control found on many stoves in this review, the knob seems dated. When this stove is boiling over, it's not fun to reach under there to shut it down, doubly so if you have sausage fingers. The color change heat indicator found on the cozies of other Jetboil models at least helps us anticipate the onset of volcano mode. The Zip lacks this nicety.
The Zip is not a bad value. Though it lacks some of the details we've come to appreciate, it does have the basic integrated canister technology, and for quite a bit less money.
The Jetboil Zip is the back-to-the-past integrated canister stove from our test. It has the core feature set that characterizes this type of stove: good pot to burner mating and above-average fuel efficiency. However, it lacks some of the little things we've come to expect; chiefly, a piezo igniter and an easy to use control valve.
— Ian McEleney