Review: Jetboil Sumo stove

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My family and I like to go bikepacking and camping as often as possible, and often that means paring down the camp necessities to the basics. The $190 Sumo cooking system from Jetboil is lightweight, compact and serves as cooking surface, cook pot and flatware for our family of four.

The system is comprised of many different parts that nest, like a troika doll, into the belly of the Sumo’s 1.8 liter insulated main pot. It takes a little practice to memorize which way everything fits together, but if you forget, Jetboil printed a little chart on two of the bowl coozies to help you out. There are a total of four bowls, two with lids, that are contained within the belly of the beast—just the right amount for us to serve up oatmeal, or ramen, or whatever, for the four of us.

While being tiny in comparison to a propane stove, the complete Sumo is still quite bulky (8.375 by 4.5 inches) and weighs in at 2 pounds (including fuel canister). We limited our use of the stove to car camping trips and day outings on the bike. But it is powerful, bringing a full pot of water to a boil in under five minutes—impressive. Jetboil says the 100 gram fuel canister is enough to boil 10 liters of liquid.

The theme here is that the Sumo is meant for groups of two or more people. It’s too bulky to warrant carrying it on a solo outing, but for a multi-person, overnight or multi-day backcountry adventure, it could be just the ticket.

 

 

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