Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 57 (can) dollars
Lightweight one- to two-person cooking set. Good for the weight conscious backpackers, mountaineers, and adventures who are looking for a cooking set for 1 or a freeze dried cooking set for 2.
- Can put Snow Peak canister inside or canister + stove
- Comes with stuff sack
- Perfect pot size for freeze dried meals
- Comes with measuring cup/ bowl
- Small handles
- Hard to grasp lid tab
- Bowl is more of a measuring cup
The Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo "Cook Set" is a great piece of gear for the weight conscious adventurer for one or two people. It holds enough water for 2 freeze dried meals or cooking for one.
I have used this product multiple times in weather ranging minus 12 to 10 Celsius. I have used it to melt snow, boil water, make soup, and hot chocolate on an MSR PocketRocket and alcohol stove. It has worked well to cook a Mountain House meal for me and a friend in our winter backpacking expedition. Overall it is a good cook set for any type of small meals.
The few problems I have with this cook set are minor but keep it from being an amazing cook set for its intended purpose. For starters, the pot lid is almost impossible to remove with gloves on, which can make it difficult in colder rejoins or when mountaineering. The handles don't lock also. So if they are in the closed position it can be hard to grab the pot while it's on the stove without burning yourself. When it closed the flame also directly touches it heating it up very much. The last gimp I have with this cook set is that the "bowl" doesn't function very well as a bowl. However the cup is a great cup for hot chocolate and I have used it many times in this role.
Now for the positives. The stove is perfect for two freeze dried meals and or 1 person cooking. The titanium is very thin and light and the measuring cup is the most useful thing when melting snow and is practically weightless. It is so light it can be carried on all trips and I can fit my stove in its case with a spice missile (this usually doesn't come along), lighter, candle, and eating utensil in the pot with a Light My Fire Spork on the outside when it in its stuff sack.
Here is the pot on a msr pocket rocket stove
Here is the cook set in its stuff sack with a jetboil canister beside it
The metal cools very quickly and the thinness of it allows water to boil very fast. It has all the good features of a pot also and the benefits far outweight the negatives. I recommend every adventurer buy this cook set if they don't have a huge family. I would like to add that all stuff said in the positive reviews on this site also are true.
Apart from being a tad expensive this pot is, I believe, the one spot shop for outdoors lightweight cooking and hey, you get what you pay for.
PS: Did I mention how how light it is!
Price Paid: $36
Excellent set for solo adventuring. The pot has enough room to store a SnowPeak brand fuel cannister plus my Brunton Talon stove. As with all Ti, the walls are thin and it can be bent easily, so care is necessary when packing it in your pack. The 27oz water capacity of the pot is great for boiling enough water for a meal for one person plus a couple cups of coffee. The small triangle for lifting the lid requires that you make sure to put it up before you boil, as it will burn you to try and lift it after the water comes to a boil (or use the pliers of your multi tool).
I did not find that the handles on the pot conduct heat, although someone with small hands may have a problem with coming into contact with the side of the pot when lifting from stove. The pot allows water to come to a boil pretty quick.
The coffee cup is one of my favorite parts of this set. The cup is a bit small for me (I like a lot of coffee), but the way it hugs the bottom of the pot is great. The handles are once again small for big handed folks. The Ti does not conduct heat well, so the rim of the cup stays cool enough to drink from.
I got this set on clearance, so it will likely cost you more. Snow Peak makes an aluminum version of this set, but I find aluminum conducts heat too well. That's okay for the pot, not good for the coffee cup.
In short, this set is a great set for one person, or it will boil enough water for two people on a summer trip (when hot drinks are not wanted).
Price Paid: $39
Great product! Used recently during a 3 day hike on Mt. Whitney. Items were light and small for easy packing. Heated enough water for a two serving dry food pack and a good cup of coffee. One thing to note! the small triangle handle in the lid can be tricky to grab with big hands. and the handles in the side always heated up during the cooking so watch out! Ouch the 1st time.
Overall, I would recommend this cookset to anyone looking to a light and small cookset for their backpacking adventures.
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