This is a great pot for the price. I gave it four stars instead of five only because to use it, you really must buy an extra pot handle (the type that clamps to the rim). I suppose you could try to pour water from it using the included wire bail handle, but you would most likely end up with burned fingers and spilled water. Combined with the extra handle, this thing is great. I took it on a four day hike on the Appalachian trail with my family and it met all my needs. I don't like cleaning any more dishes on the trail than I absolutely have to, so I basically would use this pot to boil water for oatmeal, grits, cup o' soups, coffee, cider, etc. which I would make all in the same cup so all I had to clean was one cup and a spork, which can be accomplished with a little more hot water. If this pot had a built in fold out handle to help pour, it would have rated five stars in my book. However, the extra handle is fairly light and stows inside the pot with my fuel canister and a few other small items. If you are truly looking to minimize weight, then maybe one of the over-priced titanium pots is for you, but for 90% of budget-minded hikers out there, this pot will fit the bill!
Agree with everyone. I wanted lighter and looked at the 4L Titanium pot. 15.9 oz for Titanium vs 16 oz for this Aluminum pot. ??? [$] for this Aluminum one and $99.50 for the Titanium? Who messed up the product spec on that one?I have used this pot for 3 years now. I put my Prius backpacking stove, lighter/matches, small sponge and stainless steel wool pad in it and it drops right into my backpack. I put the pot into the stream and drop the intake from my First Need water purifier into the pot to keep any sediment out of my filter. I fill my water bottles and then pull the pot out, full of water and put it onto the Prius stove and boil the water for use in my Mountain House packet and eat with a plastic spork. A great lightweight system - no expensive Titanium needed or wanted.If I cook some trout, I cook it in bacon grease for great, crispy flavor then clean the pot with steel wool and sand. Use the lid as a plate to eat the trout from. Easy! I'm not going to 'upgrade' to titanium.
Great quality for the price
An excellent value in a large pot. It's lightweight - especially considering its size - and very practical for use on short or long trips with larger groups. This is large enough to cook substantially-portioned meals (for 3-4 or more), but is still small enough to fit easily inside a backpack. Good for storing food and other stuff in a pack or when hanging food in a bag/net at night (but take care to make sure the lid does not slip to the side and expose the contents).
Like any aluminum pot, it will withstand a fair amount of abuse, get dented and a little mishapened (just bend it back!), and maybe a little scorched from cooking on an open fire - in other words, it'll gather some character - and still serve its purpose for many years. It's also inexpensive enough not to worry too much about getting a little (or a lot) banged up, either. The price of titanium will have to come down a lot to equal this pot's weight and value. This is an "old school" keeper.
this is a great basic pot. it's aluminum, not titanium, so you know it isn't the lightest thing out there, but totally servicable. i like that the lid sortof snaps into place so it isn't constantly slipping off. it's not too tight though so you are able to take it off without spilling anything. the only thing i don't like about it, is that the two tabs that the handle fits into stick out above the top of the pot. this means that when it's in your pack, things can't sit perfectly flat on top of the pot. i have an older pot that my dad gave me that is pretty much identical, except that the tabs are level and i don't have this problem with it.
Thetitanium pot, while nice, is 19% heavier than the 15$ aluninum 4L pot (#401068)and 600% (6X) more expensive. The nonstick finish is nice, but backpacking takes a toll on such luxuries. The aluminum pot can be scrubbed out with sandy water. They will both dent when your buddy throws fire wood at them. I don't understand why they put a heavy steel handle on a titanium pot.Aluminum pot(#401068, 15$) pot=294g/lid=78g = 372gtitanium pot (#764180, [$])pot=338g/lid 103g = 441gNeither hold 4L, both about 3L max useful volume. 3.5L overflows both.Stick with the aluminum pot- you can replace it 6 times for the cost of the titanium one.
Awesome for the price
I use this pot for backpacking trips with a group of 3 or more. It is perfect for one pot meals for medium to large size groups. Very light weight, durable, and does not take up very much room in the pack. The only con I can think of is that it is difficult to clean at times because it lacks a non stick surface, but bring along a little steel wool and you should have no problem.
Great for group cooking
I agree with everything said so far by the other reviewers, and I have only one thing to add. The handle is sooo nice for hauling water to your cook site. I never thought about it before taking it into the backcountry, but I ended up really grateful that I could carry 4 quarts of water at a time without having to awkwardly hold a large and heavy pot by the bottom or the side.
Great pot for the money
I bought this to cook noodles and ramen. I don't need a 100 dollar nonstick pot for that/ I am more than capable of using steel wool. I also bought the pot lifter. At $4.00, it was hardly fatal. I usually carry the noodles and ramen IN the pot. I am very happy with this and will probably get the 2 quart pot as well.
Winter Snow melter.
I needed a large pot for melting drinking water snow in the winter. This pot fit the bill perfectly. It's light weight, has a secure lid and best of all really inexpensive.
Winter Snow Melter
This is a basic lightweight pot that is perfect for melting snow in the winter. The pots large gallon capacity makes this chore easy. This price is great too.