Jetboil PCS IR for edit please
- Initial Report Jetboil French Press 24MAR2005
Biographical Information Product Information Testing Plan Photos
Company: Jetboil, 529 Sunapee St., Guild, NH 03754
Product Name: Jetboil French Press
Manufactured in: China, 2004
MSRP: $19.95 US
Manufacturer Reported Weight: 1.2 oz (35 g)
Received Weight: 2 oz (57 g)
Manufacturer Reported Dimensions: 4.1 x 7.1 in (104 x180mm)
Received Dimensions: 4.25 x 7.1 in (108 x 180 mm)
Description: The Jetboil French Press is an accessory to the Jetboil
PCS. It provides a way to brew coffee or tea using the French press
method as opposed to using instant coffee or tea bags in the field.
It allows you to use any custom blend that you choose for your hot
Product Arrival: A plain corrugated cardboard box arrived on the
22nd of March 2005 via 2nd day air service. Packed inside of it
seemed to be the entire Jetboil product line, to include: 1 Jetboil
PCS, 1 Jetboil Companion Cup, 1 Jetfuel 100gram fuel canister, 1
Jetboil maintenance kit, 1 Jetboil French Press, and one Jetboil
The French Press arrived unassembled in a plastic bag stapled to a
cardboard hanger that identifies the product. There are 2 metal
poles one with a handle that seats flush to the top lid, both of them
are threaded in such a way that they may only be assembled one way.
There is a mesh basket that has a nut in the center that the push rod
attached to. It is primarily made of a harder plastic that the lid
and supports the mesh for filtration of the grind from the water.
The lid is composed of the same flexible material as the other
Jetboil lids, it has the same drinking/vent hole as the others with
the exception of the center is counter sunk to accept the handle of
the push rod flush with the top of the lid.
Jetboil the company: Jetboil is a small privately held company
located in the northeastern United States. It assembles its products
there in New Hampshire, although some of its accessories are
imported. Dealings with customer service have been very friendly and
helpful with my phone call returned quickly and professionally, with
pertinent information relayed and helpful hints given without needing
further resources (they know their gear) for most questions and those
resources needed for more in depth questions are quick to provide
Manufacturer's Website: I have found the manufacturer website to be
both informative and easy to navigate. The buttons are shaped like
rocks and is easy to access the information that you are looking
for. The website allows you to view a variety of content to include
the warranty, instructions, job postings, sign up for email updates,
return service, press statements, recipes and much more. By reading
the site prior to the products' arrival I am expecting a system that
is slightly shorter than a Nalgene bottle but roughly the same width
when stowed. There is also a small video that demonstrates the stove
being used. I do have a concern with this video as it does show an
individual flinging a white gas stove while lit into a stream. I
find this practice both environmentally questionable (polluting) as
well as an unsafe demonstration of what to do in this instance. That
is however the only detraction that I have from the website.
Plan: I am using a multiple phase testing arrangement to test all
pieces. Phase one will be in my kitchen, stovetop so as to have the
most controlled settings for learning/experimenting. All further
phases the French Press will be compared with instant and other
coffees to judge its effectiveness at providing coffee in the
backcountry. This phase will normally include day or short
duration trips (Less than 4 days). Phase three will be a typical 3
season use and include longer trips including a culmination in Isle
Royale in August that will last more than a week and also segments of
the North Country Scenic Trail. I will be using the French Press
solo and with companions. I plan during this phase to pit the French
Press against the Whisperlite in multiple person cooking for coffee
(French pressed coffee vs. Coffee isn't coffee until the horseshoe
floats. I of course will be the only operator/carrier during all
phases of testing. I expect varied terrain from concrete, sand
dunes, hills, pathways, and off trail. Mean elevation of use is
expected to be 500-1400 ft (152-427 m) above sea level. Expected
weather conditions: 0-98 degrees F (-17.77-54 degrees C), rain, ice,
snow, and heat. This system will create a savings of necessary space
and weight over my current system and I look forward to implementing
it into my lightweight gear that can be carried with my current
daypack which has been used on ultra-light overnighters before, but
had no warm food or real coffee during them. So far this next 6
months I have planned 12-day trips, 6 overnight trips, and 2 long-
term trips that I would implement it's use in.
Questions to answer:
1. How easy is it to set up with and without gloves?
2. How easy is stove maintenance with and without
3. How easy is it to clean?
4. How well do parts and systems fit together?
5. How durable is it after a full season's use to
include possible slop in fit after multiple uses and or is there
product breakdown to include the ignition system?
6. Does any of the French Press burn, curl up or
fail in any way even with repeated uses?
7. Comparing the coffee press coffee to my regular
brew coffee and my field coffee (instant and brewed).
32 year old male
Height: 5'9" (1.75 m)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
markkeskes (at) yahoo (dot) com
Backpacking background: Like all things, I feel that my backpacking
style is evolving. I am a mid weight backpacker. I prefer to be
comfortable and to enjoy my escapes from civilization rather than to
run through them or to feel uncomfortable in them.
"You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and
stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters."
Saint Bernard, Epistle
French abbot & saint (1090 - 1153)
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front
only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what
it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not