Cookware

10:48 p.m. on July 17, 2009 (EDT)
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I'm looking to upgrade my cookware. I'm a backpacker, and would like to find some good stuff for $35 or under. Now this should be a big step up from my cheap Coleman (BSA). Bear in mind that I have a $25 tent and a noname backpack. Both of which I love . Now I think I want a set that the pans are the lids for the pots. Lids by themselfs have no value. Need something light. SS Vs Aluminum?

The two I have found are the Snow Peak SCS-020

http://www.snowpeak.com/back/cookware/aluminum.html

Big enough for two or broke down for one

The other is a Texsport Stainless Steel #13432

http://www.texsport.net/person-stainless-steel-cook-p-479.html

Is there a big Dif between SS and Aluminum?

If you know of other sets please put in a plug for them

Thanks Mike

11:49 p.m. on July 17, 2009 (EDT)
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Stainless is heavy.

Pans that double as lids won't seat well on the pot. If you are at all interested in straining, the evernew pots have lids that seat and stay while you drain water; they also have a pasta pot with strainer holes in the lid.

If I had kept the snowpeak set with frying pans for lids, I would have used foil for lids instead... was very annoying trying to get the pans to settle without knocking over stove, pot and all.

Hard anodized aluminum is affordable and if you boil water only, the GSI teapot is nice. I have the older (not nonstick) GSI Soloist and that's a decent boil pasta type setup; the lexan lid had a strainer, and it also seats into the bowl (upside down for a tight fit) to keep your food/drink warm.

12:08 a.m. on July 18, 2009 (EDT)
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Thanks for the feedback. I will check out the Evernew again. BTW I'm to rough on my pans, and nonstick wouldnt be very good for me.

7:41 a.m. on July 18, 2009 (EDT)
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I don't do nonstick, either... don't like the idea of toxic gas in my face.

If you want to see all the options for Evernrew the majority of their line resides at http://www.antigravitygear.com/evernew.php#cookware01

The REI branded titanium pots are Evernrew but they only have the 1.3 and .9 liter ones.

11:14 a.m. on July 18, 2009 (EDT)
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I would look into the Optimus Terra Weekend HA (.95L). For titanium this looks like a good buy, http://www.prolitegear.com/montbell_titanium_cooker_2.html

3:11 p.m. on July 18, 2009 (EDT)
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Hay Mike I have a snow peak 3 piece titanium set that I love and in my set I added a titanium evernew companion cup it 12oz I think and it nest's in the set perfectly along with my snow peak giga stove & windscreen. The best price I found for the set is at Mountain Sports website its $39 I know it $4 more than you want to spend but its worth it. And to cure the simmering or slow cooking problem of titainum I had a friend cut me a round piece of 1/4" aluminum that is the same size as the inside diameter of the frypan so it nest's inside as well and its very light but works perfect for simmering or cooking egg's with no burning or scorching.

Here is a link to the set
http://www.trailspace.com/gear/snow-peak/titanium-cook-set-3pcs/

1:57 a.m. on July 19, 2009 (EDT)
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Check out Bulldog Brand made in london I believe. I found a set with 3 pots and bowls/lids they look good.

12:55 p.m. on July 19, 2009 (EDT)
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Mike, I have used this set for a long time:

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___85219

At a little over a pound, some would call it heavy, compared to aluminum or titanium. However, it's cooking qualities are excellent -- much less likely to burn than either aluminum or titanium. If you really cook, give this some thought. At $22.97 it's not a bad deal. A Whisperlite or Simmerlite will fit inside when packed.

If you do "boil water/make pasta" cooking, then you don't need all that. In that case, here is my current favorite:

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___82432

A small canister stove or a Svea 123 will pack inside it.

Hope that gives some "food for thought."

7:47 p.m. on July 19, 2009 (EDT)
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WOW!!

I want to thank all of you for the input. You guys had me going all over the internet. I picked SS over aluminum. Lids over the pan/pot combo. Needed a fry pan. And big enough for 2. Decided on the Ledmark 2 person, 2 pots and a 7 inch pan. Total cost plus shipping at campmor was 25.98. Looked like it fit my needs and below my budget! I'll review it in a month or two.

Thanks again! Trailspace people are the best.

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