Stanley Mountain Vacuum Food System, Stainless Steel, 20-Ounce Review


This unit is ideal for day hikers or those who head out from a base camp.

The system is designed so you can heat up food, pour it into the thermos, and take the thermos with you during the day, to have hot food ready to eat while out and about.

As a backpacking system, this is a bit too heavy and for saving ounces, not ideal. Continue reading


Primus Eta Pot 3L Review


As heat exchanging high efficiency pots go, the Primus Eta Pot series is hard to beat.

While I can certainly use this on a variety of stoves I have, it’s original purpose was to work with the Primus ETA Power EF I recently purchased. Continue reading


Snow Peak Titanium Multi Compact Cookset Review


What a great two person cookset for the backpacker who likes to spend a little extra time to cook up better food than your basic rehydration.

Apart from these, I also own the trek combo pot set (basically the trek 900 nested in the trek 1400), and while that set is nice because the hybrid summit also nests inside, the trek combo lacks a little in diameter. This isn’t a problem for stews, but it’s a bit of a problem for breakfast since the larger pan is still too small to place whole slices of spam in it. Continue reading


Snow Peak Mini Solo Hybrid Summit Cookset Review


In the last 3 years now, I’ve amassed so many stoves, pots, pans, cups, and other assorted backpacking cooking paraphernalia, and experimented with all of them both at home and on well over 30 backpacking trips and maybe 6 or 7 car camping trips that I’m starting to get pretty good at knowing what is needed for different types of trips, what’s overkill, and what’s not enough.  Continue reading


TOAKS Titanium 1600ml Pot and Pan Review


This Toaks Titanium 1600ml Pot with Pan is awesome.

I have quite a few titanium pots and pans from different manufacturers, because there’s been so much progress in lighter pots and pans for hikers and backpackers.

But this is one of my favorites. For two reasons: Continue reading


Optimus Terra HE 3 piece cookset Review

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What a great piece of gear.

This set is heavier than a lot of titanium or anodized aluminum pot/pan setups out there today, but it’s also wider than many of them. I own quite a few pot-pan sets and for 3-4 people, this is my favorite setup. Continue reading


Optimus Terra Weekend HE .95L Pot Review



When I originally purchased this hard anodized single person cookset with heat exchanger, I was reasonably impressed but struggled to figure out a good way to use it (Edit:  It shaved about 30 seconds off water boiling time compared to my Snow Peak Trek 900, if I used the right stove and windscreen combination, competitive with JetBoil times, thus saving fuel).  But it’s become, over time, my preferred set when solo backpacking where I plan to do light cooking. Continue reading


GSI Halulite Tea Kettle, 32oz Review

GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle

After spending time this weekend with this little kettle, it’s clear that kettles are pretty critical for car camping. You need the for tea or coffee or soup/instant noodles or to warm a bucket of water for cleaning…. Can you survive without one on a car camping trip? sure. Would you want to? Heeeeeck no. The compact nature of this unit makes it a little more convenient to pack, but what I’ve learned this trip is, if you’re running really low on space and need to go uber compact, take this kettle. If you can load up the car and afford to take a larger kettle, do so. a kettle is worth the space and weight cost. Continue reading