I've always been able to "get by" with the cook set that I'e acquired over the years. My last trip threw me though, I had my meals all planned and purchased to cook mostly over a fire and due to dry conditions there was a fire ban.
Off to REI I go...Everything was too big or too small. All I wanted was a pot and decent sized fry pan. It all came down to this set and the Snow Peak Hybrid Trail Cookset. I decided on this one.
This is my first experience with titanium...This is incredibly light and durable and fairly non-stick(much more so than non-coated aluminum or stainless steel)
My only complaints are personal preferences and not enough to lower the ranking.
- The fry pan/lid should lock on to the pot
- The fry pan should have the same handle type as the pot. I think it would be much more stable.
- I wish the markings were in U.S. increments for oz and cups
On a side note, this heats up VERY quickly. Do not leave it on the heat without something in it or you will get a nice brown burn spot on it.
Also, I tried PBW a brewers wash. Soaked the pans for a few hours and the look like new.
I'm very happy with this set but if I were to do it again, I would have gotten Snow Peak Hybrid Trail Cookset
I would normally never splurge on such indulgences, and am known to reuse the plastic plate from stouffer's microwave mac and cheese as my answer to ultralight backpacking cookware.. however i received a REI giftcard after standing in my best friend's wedding, so i decided to go for it. A couple days later, the set arrived at my door and i cant begin to explain how great it is! Ultra light, ultra nice quality, ultra usable, easy to clean, and tough. My favorite part about the package, is how great the pan proportions are. Not too big to add tons of unneeded pack bulk like some kits, but not too small to cater a carefully planned meal for a small group. Usually its just my wife and i, who love to carry techie gear and cook gourmet on the trail. One word of advice.. I burned noodles something wicked using a MSR pocket rocket. Getting the black noodle death off the bottom of the pan took quite the effort, and i ended up scratching the pan while attempting to use a stainless steel scrubbing pad. So try to avoid that method of cleaning, and use a stove with a wider burner head while trying to cook. I suggest the Optimus Crux-Lite. Such a handsome combo.. the snowpeak Ti set on the optimus.
COOK IT UP!
I have been camping, hiking, and backpacking off and on for the better part of my life in a very casual way. Having said that, I have recently taken to getting more advanced and lighter, as I am from the old aluminum or stainless steel era....Having brought that to light, this was my first Titanium product. As I first opened it my first thoughts were "this was a waste of money" as the initial feel is that the cookware was flimsy and wouldn't last two seconds. However, after closer inspection, I quickly changed my mind. My girlfriend and I hiked to about 1500 hundred feet above sea level and I then boiled about 24 oz. of water in 3:40 at 37 degrees with about 15 mile per hour winds. We then had coffee and boiled the same amount again and cooked up brown rice and chicken for a mid afternoon snack. Snow Peak has delivered a good product. I cooked and heated on a Coleman Max with no problems and cookware looked as if had still came out of the pack. Cleaned up easy but I'm easy on the cooking as it is....My girlfriend liked it as well and wants the smaller pot and lid to go in her pack!!! haha!
Snow Peak Titanium Multi Compact Cookset
Lightweight boils fast, burns easily. Be sure to have a good simmer setting on your stove, this thing is a scorcher. Be careful sitting these pots directly over the flame, I've settled on the "hover by hand" method. Burned a discoloration spot through and through the bottom of the pot on the first try. Kind of gives it some character in the form of patina. I'm just afraid to put the wire wheel to it. The oatmeal was punishment enough. If you're not careful with the handle tension on the fry pans, they'll collapse and spill your dinner to the dirt every time. Not that the handle doesn't work well enough, just remember to check it every time, or you courting catastrophe. Great two person set, think we'll leave the fry pan/plates at home next time.
Three Years and Still Going Strong
I am a comfort-driven minimalist. Does that sound like a contradiction? Not with gear like this. I backpack with my wife and find this set to be beautiful. It holds the fuel canister inside, seals up, and fits nicely into the included mesh sack.
The titanium is lightweight, easy to clean (so long as you don't cook junk in your pot and leave it there for a long time), durable, quick to cool, and easy/quick to pack up when setting out for the day.
To save weight, take only one or the other of the pots and lids. If you take the smaller pot and lid, it will still hold a fuel canister inside. That will save you about 6 ounces or so off the listed weight of 11.6.
Wait for a sale and snag this well-worth-it set.
I've been camping with these pots and pans twice now and can say that they are awesome. Some people say that they are too flimsy but this is not true. The have been crammed in my pack and still have now dents. The handles take a little getting used to but are great as you don't have to use a handle gripper as each pot has its own handles. The pots seems to grip the stove well even tho there are no grooves on the bottom. The pans are perfect lids as the handle is very useful on the side and not on the top when taking the lid off since the side handle never gets hot. I haven't had a problem with stuff sticking however I just try to make sure stuff doesn't get burnt if I'm not heating water.
This is one of those gear purchases that you will have forever. I have had my set for at least 8 years and it works just like new.
-Boils taste free water
-Easy to clean if you don't burn anything
Part of being timeless is the loss of a coated finish for non-stick/heat dissapation. For me this isn't an issue. If I burn something like chili it will leave some black on the bottom but at home it comes off with a little soaking and scrubbing.
The handles can get hot if you are cooking something on the fire while your other pot is on the stove. Also when using the top to strain water you have to squeeze the handles on the pan tight or they may buckle into the folded position leaving your food to defy gravity on its own.
I am just breaking in my cookset, but I have absolutely no regrets about my choice. The set is very lightweight, durable, and versatile enough to cover pretty much anything short of a 5-course meal. The pots are the perfect size for cooking/boiling water for small groups while light enough to carry on a solo excursion without regret. I was really impressed at how fast a full pot of water boiled (something like 3 or 4 minutes using superfuel), and the fold-out handle design is surprisingly sturdy. I bought this set on the recommendation of a friend who has taken his set into the Rockies, up Aconcagua, and up Matterhorn, so I'm looking forward to years of good use from this set.
Light and Compact
This is a fantastic set of cookware. Extremely lightweight and durable, but best of all the size is just right. The small 26 oz. pot is just big enough to fit a small 4 oz. MSR fuel canister, saving plenty of space. The handles are also a smart idea and are great during storage. I got this set with a 20% off deal and shipping was free. It came within a few days. Overall, the price is not ideal, but when you factor in durability and weight, titanium is the way to go. You are going to spend a little extra for a high quality product.
Cooking Options Great Not for 2
I used this with my boyfriend on the PCT. We hiked the whole trail with it but we dreamt about getting a different cookset. We would fill the set with food but never had enough food to fill ourselves at dinner because the pots were both quite small. Its a great set but with the intense hiking we were doing we wanted a pot that was a real liter or bigger (the big pot is a little less then a liter). You'll be cooking twice in a night if your cooking for two and your out there doing high impact days (20 miles or more).