Jetboil SOL versus Primus ETA Solo Video Comparison...

slim9300

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I figured I would carry the extra weight this weekend and do a comparison of the two stoves. Sorry about the shakiness, my camera/video-camera ran out of batteries, so I was stuck with no tripod and my iPhone.

So the ETA Solo was faster and lighter than my old Jetboil PCS a few years back when I bought it, but I have a gear problem and I am always looking for something better, stronger, faster, lighter, etc. So I bought the SOL on friday when I was picking up some other items. I didn't want the Ti version since I cook other food in my cup sometimes. Plus, the 1 ounce difference and thinner sleeve didn't seem worth it. The Primus can be found pretty cheap online and for $60 shipped it may still be a good choice for the budget conscious hunter who cares about ounces and efficiency. With the ETA Solo I get 10+ days of use out of a single 110g Snow Peak IsoButane fuel canister (@ 7-8k elevation) and that's 1 cup in the morning and 2-3 cups every night.

I think Vimeo reduces the video quality when you embed without an upgraded account. So if you want to watch this in HD I think you will need to click the link instead.

https://vimeo.com/43000032

[video=vimeo;43000032]https://vimeo.com/43000032[/video]

On a side note, I want to thank Aron for recommending I buy some trekking poles. I had a hard time with the look at first but having those poles makes a night and day difference when things get steep and/or the ground is loose/slippery and you have a load on your back. It's amazing the strain they take off your knees. Plus, at 10 ounces for both poles, I can't complain about the added weight. I am kind of out of mountain shape but I felt very good despite it being a decent hike.

Here are a couple pics from the little trip. We ended up walking about 11 miles. There is a section of the Hoh trail that goes up over a decent cliff and you have to climb ladders to get up and down. That was interesting. Also, don't miss the tide or you are risking your life. :)



 
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Awesome pics.

Looks like fun. It also looks wet.
I'm glad you guys liked it. I think I'm going to do more random backpacking trips. It's oddly kind of fun as long as its either new country or with some kind of a hunting related purpose.

It might not look it but it only rained a few drops on the entire trip. It's actually a bit of a miracle. :)

Aron knows how it is. He had the ill-fortune of hunting our jungles and living here for awhile. Lol.

The trail on the other hand looked like it had been rained on every day for the last 9 months, oh wait, it probably has. :) Here's a good representation of one of the flatter portions of the best coastal trail in WA. This was actually a decent part of the trail when it comes to the mud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGNxeM1hPnM&sns=em

[video=youtube;gGNxeM1hPnM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGNxeM1hPnM&sns=em[/video]

Sorry about the quality. YouTube compresses the heck out of the file and Vimeo only allows me one HD upload per week apparently.
 
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