MSR Alpine StowAway Pots
Top non-titanium pot for the hiking, car camping,…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
Top non-titanium pot for the hiking, car camping, youth scout! Great two-person pot for backpacking trips and the locking lid is a great feature!
- Durable material (stainless steel)
- Stowaway/locking lid
- Open fire or stove ready due to steel
- Locking handle (also see "Cons" for position of this locking mechanism)
- Heavier weight (15.5 ounces)
- Handle is smaller/leaner than seems necessary considering position of the handle locking mechanism
This a 2013 holiday gift, but I've used a friend's on several other occasions. My review is for the 1.1L (1100ml) StowAway pot.
The pot has a locking lid and the handle can snap down and lock on the side so you can lift up the pot with confidence. I typically just heat up water and pour it into something else (freeze-dried meal, bowl with oatmeal, etc.). This way my pot will stay clean and I can put my food containers hanging from a rope away from bears. I usually keep a shammy to dry the inside off.
I haven't noticed any discoloration from cooking. I use either my Snow Peak Gigapower and Isobutane/Propane fuel or homemade alcohol stove (soda cans) and denatured alcohol (huge container for $7-8). Often times it is the FUEL that causes the burn marks, not the heat or stove (ie if you use nail polish remover...that can blacken pots).
I cannot speak for the use on open fires, but have heard it's been successful. I've used in the backyard on nice nights and out in the backcountry. One 1.1L is fine for 2 people, a fuel canister or two and some water and you're good to go. Usually we heat up enough for one freeze-dried meal at a time. With the Gigapower, this boiling of 16 oz may take 3 minutes given your weather conditions. The pot cools off quickly too after about 5 minutes of rest.
The downside is naturally the weight as it is much heavier than the lighter Titanium pots. Titanium pots of this size (1.1L) run around 6 ounces, but this pot is 15.5 ounces according to the manufacturer. For those counting ounces, this 10 ounces difference is huge. I also own a Toaks Titanium 750ml pot, but my go-to stainless steel option will always be this StowAway.
I've included two pictures below. The first includes the inside of the pot with a Gigapower stove inside. There is still plenty of room for a small shammy, utensils, and even a 110g canister. I've used a small homemade alcohol stove, two 3 oz. bottles of alcohol, a shammy for cleaning water, and plastic spoon all INSIDE this pot too.
The second photo shows the size of a Gigapower on the bottom so you can gauge depth and width of the bottom plate.
This is best little pot you can buy. This is for the…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
This is best little pot you can buy. This is for the 1.1 liter size.
- Heavy gauge stainless steel
- Excellent design
- Is not offered in a kit.
After looking through dozens of mess kits and finding them all to be flimsy pieces of junk, I stumbled upon this MSR 1.1 Liter Stowaway pot at Academy. The first thing that struck me was the quality. I mean the difference in quality from this pot and other compact backpacking pots is night and day. As soon as I held it, I knew my search for a good backpacking pot was over.
My next problem was how to turn it into a mess kit. I went around Academy trying every bowl and cup in it for size. Lucky for me I found a nice deep SS bowl and an SS coffee cup that would all fit into the pot and allow me to close and lock the lid.
When I am camping with other people and they see my mess kit compared to the their tin foil kits, they are like, "Hey, where did you buy that?" I will never tell!..... OOPs! I just did.
This is for the 775ml size, however, they are all…
Price Paid: $18
This is for the 775ml size, however, they are all pretty much identical. I have found this pot to be the perfect size for solo backpacking. It is also very shiny and someone pointed out to me you can use it as a makeshift mirror.
Pros: Makes no noise while traveling, locking mechanism is reliable and creates a super close seal, bombproof, cheap, nice long (and locking) handle.
Cons: A tad heavy, 775ml might be to small for 2 people depending on what is cooked.