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Whether I’m backpacking, kayak camping or truck camping, my first order of business in the morning is making coffee. I have a Black Rifle Coffee t-shirt that reads, “But first, coffee”. And that about sums up my priorities in the morning. At home, my options are easy, Keurig or Espresso Machine. In the woods or on the shores of the Great Lakes, it’s a different story altogether. Thank God for those compact cooking systems like Jetboil. Although I own stoves from several manufacturers, the newly designed 2018 Jetboil Flash is by far the quickest to boil water.

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In 2012, I lost my Jetboil virginity whilst walking the 30+ kilometres down the Dobson River in torrential rain, wearing plastic boots. Reaching Kennedy Hut, two hunters took pity on us and boiled up some water for a tea. The virtually instant hot water blew my mind; a stark contrast to the rigmarole associated with getting my liquid fuel stove up and cranking.Not long after, I acquired myself a Jetboil Flash, and I’ve never looked back. The vast array of features on the Flash do justice to the double entendre of its name. As with all Jetboils, it has the...

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