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MSR Titan Kettle

user rating: 5 of 5 (10 reviews)

General Product Description: This is a .8 liter one-person cook pot. It has a rigid wire handle, a short spout, and a tightly fitting lid. Bottom Line: All but the most fanatic backpackers cook something, so I count cookware amongst the "essentials" of backpacking. Of all the pots and pans I've used, none has impressed me more than the MSR Titan Kettle. Best Uses: This item is best used to cook simple meals for one person, or as a smaller accessory pot in groups. Positive features Size: At .8 liters, this pot holds a generous cup of tea or coffee.

Read more: MSR Titan Kettle reviews (10)

Top Kettle / Pot/Pan

GSI Outdoors Halulite Ketalist Cookset

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10 reviews)

Bulletproof, might be a word that one would think of when using one of these, and if not for a couple of minor details great would be another. So if you really like the form factor and can get past the bulk you will most likely love this kettle and maybe even the bowl and cup. I know I do.

Reasons to Buy

  • Wide bottom great for many stoves
  • Quick boil times/good heat conductivity
  • All you really need for freezer bag eating
  • Finish is great

Reasons to Avoid

  • Bulky and awkward for packing, but we are talking a genuine kettle here, folks
  • Foon aka fork spoon thingy with sliding handle
  • Weight

Gotta say I love my kettle and enjoy a spot of tea in the insulated cup, and the size of the kettle makes it so I can enjoy my tea and hydrate my meal with a single boil of water. If I'm using the bowl for a breakfast of oats or other hot cereal I usually have warm water to clean up the bowl and utensil. I believe the finish and durability to be second to none I've seen, and as a tea drinker I just like the idea of a kettle over my twig stove in the evening after a good walk or beside my hammock in the morning at breakfast.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Halulite Ketalist Cookset reviews (10)

GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6 reviews)

Whether used as a compact primary or secondary pot this 1 quart kettle gets the job done without taking up a lot of space. Great for solo dining or making hot beverages for the whole group.

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact
  • Halulite hard anodized alloy
  • Wide top opening
  • Self standing bail

Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavier than some other options 6.1 oz

Having used the GSI Dualist set for a few years when doing group and family trips I kept them in mind when looking for a kettle. I wanted something better suited for solo use and went with the GSI Tea Kettle over other options based on that previous experience. The one quart kettle has a wide 4 3/8ths inch top opening and a narrow somewhat oval shaped spout for pouring water out. The pot has a removable bail with a coating to prevent burned fingers.  The bail is self standing which is great for keeping it away from heat in the first place.  The small handle on the top lid is unfortunately not self standing but does also have the protective coating.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle reviews (6)

Primus Litech Coffee/Tea Kettle

user rating: 4 of 5 (6 reviews)

Lightweight, fast boil time, and just enough outdoor "snootiness" to be fun.

Reasons to Buy

  • Well-made
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Fast boil time
  • Fun to use

Reasons to Avoid

  • Maybe not for backpacking, but who knows?
  • Handle does not allow hanging kettle over open fire
  • A large stove surface works best

I've had my Primus Tea Kettle for several years now and I continue to use it more often than not on my car camping and day trips. It's nice to have a 'civilized' piece of cooking equipment, expecially for the ritual of daily tea or coffee. The kettle is made of anodized aluminum, and while it does make it a tad heavier than a comprable titanium kettle might be, I find aluminum to produce faster boil times than titanium. With a full kettle of water, that's a real plus. I find that the handle rarely gets so hot I need a pot holder or bandana to take it off the stove, but one must be careful to keep the handle in the upright postion to make that happen.

Read more: Primus Litech Coffee/Tea Kettle reviews (6)

Texsport Aluminum 9 Cup Percolator

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Shh. Not so loud, I am not awake yet. (the scent of Folgers coffee and sounds of percolating) Good morning, Trailspace readers... The best part of waking up always is coffee, or for some, the only thing that gets them up. The Texsport 9 cup percolator is a very well built lightweight camping coffee maker, but more importantly, it makes one damn good cup of Joe. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle, oh, glorious satisfaction! (GI Joe reference) This is a great lightweight percolator at a very good price. Serves up to 9 cups of delicious coffee or can also be used to boil water for a group's dehydrated meals. Although not meant for single cup coffee drinkers, this percolator is great for campsite camping or camping in a group, or for those of you that simply live off of having a caffeine rush.

Reasons to Buy

  • Boils up to 9 cups of water
  • Makes a great cup of Joe
  • Filters coffee very well
  • Eliminates need for paper filters
  • Well built

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can't be used to store gear in
  • Heavier then ultralight mess kits
  • Inner parts are not separable

Now that's a good cup of Joe.                       The Texsport 9 cup Aluminum Percolator  Coffeemakers seem to be one of those Hot items that people view on outdoor websites and forum sites and we all know why. How else are you going to get out of your hammock, tent, or bed in the morning if not for a cup of Joe in the morning? My father is a coffee connoisseur and is known for importing different coffee beans from around the world over the years. He takes his black, no sugar, and even adds bitters at times to his coffee.

Read more: Texsport Aluminum 9 Cup Percolator review (1)

Snow Peak Kettle No.1

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

One of the best stainless small bushcrafting/backpacking pots on the market, with a very reasonable price of $20 USD, this Made in Japan kettle is one of the few backpacking pots that will fit an unbroken block of premium ramen noodles (the $2/packet kind, like Nissin Raoh or Maruchan Gold). It has a few shortcomings that I hope Snow Peak will one day address with an updated model.

Reasons to Buy

  • Stainless steel
  • Excellent Japanese quality
  • Fits premium ramen without breaking

Reasons to Avoid

  • Awkward pouring
  • Bail cannot be fixed upright without modification
  • Too short to hold a standard gas canister

There's always that moment of trepidation when a package arrives and you are praying nothing is damaged. Although I own and love my GSI Outdoors Halulite 1.1L Boilers (I have two), aluminium cookware is really not designed to be used directly in a fire, so there are two reasons I purchased this pot. The first is that it's stainless steel and can therefore be used in a wood fire, and the second is because it is wide enough to accept an unbroken block of the kind of premium ramen noodles that used to be only available as an import from Japan, but are now being sold in the US as Maruchan Gold and Nissin Raoh.

Read more: Snow Peak Kettle No.1 review (1)

Kettle / Pot/Pan

Primus Litech Trek Kettle

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5 reviews)

Nonstick, scratch resistant coating makes this pot easy to clean. It'll hold a liter of water, but there are no measuring marks on the pot, so you'll have to measure you water with something else before pouring it in. The lid doubles as a frying pan. Total weight is 9.3 ounces. It comes with a half nylon/half mesh stuff sack. The pot and pan both have folding, insulating handles that fold in.

Reasons to Buy

  • Holds a liter of water
  • Non stick coating
  • Lid doubles as a frying pan
  • Insulated grips

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not very lightweight
  • Lack of measuring marks

The Primus Litech Trek Kettle is made of hard anodized aluminum and has a non stick, scratch resistant coating inside. That makes cleaning it a lot easier. Up top, you have a small pour spout to help reduce spilling stuff everywhere. This is helpful when you're dealing with hot liquids. The fold out handles have insulated grips, to help prevent you from burning your hands. It'll hold up to a liter of water and the lid is also a small frying pan. Unfortunately, there are no measuring marks on this, so you have to measure out your water with something else.

Read more: Primus Litech Trek Kettle reviews (5)

Stoic Ti Kettle

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Super lightweight, 700ml pot/lid combo, designed for use as a cup or a gram counting, solo kettle.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight, as titanium should be
  • Fits over the end of a Nalgene bottle
  • Nylon stuff sack included
  • Awesome price, $19.99

Reasons to Avoid

  • Does not have fluid measurements stamped on the pot

Overview: This pot/lid combo is manufactured by Stoic. It's made of titanium making it uber lightweight and the best thing is the price.  This kettle can be had for $19.99.  Another ti product made by Snow Peak, which is comparable to the Stoic kettle, comes in at a price of $39.95. I received the kettle packed in a cardboard box. The kettle itself was contained in a small plastic bag inside the mesh sack.  A cardboard tag with the company's logo was hanging from the drawcord. Now the details: The weights were measured with a digital nutrition scale.

Read more: Stoic Ti Kettle reviews (2)

Kettle / Pot/Pan

Primus AluTech Trek Kettle 1L

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

I finally found my go-to cook pot and it didn't break the bank!

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to use
  • Durable
  • Holds a lot of liquid
  • Comes with carry sack
  • Nice insulated, fold-away handles
  • Stable on stove

Reasons to Avoid

  • A bit heavier than some other cook pots
  • Aluminum is a concern to some folks

I have coveted the MSR Titan Cook Pot for several years, yet could never bring myself to spend the $50-$60 selling price for a cook pot. I liked a lot about it—the size, the weight, the fold-up handles. But $60? Nope. Not going to happen. Enter the Primus AluTech Kettle. It has a base price of around $30 (but often is less and I actually paid $16.76 in a Sierra Trading Post deal), and although it weighs 6.9 oz. compared to the 4 oz. of the MSR Titan, I deemed it worthy to be carried in my pack.

Read more: Primus AluTech Trek Kettle 1L review (1)

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