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Sea to Summit Sigma Stainless Steel Pot

rated 2.0 of 5 stars
photo: Sea to Summit Sigma Stainless Steel Pot pot/pan

Specs

1.2L 1.9L 2.7L 3.7L
Price Current Retail: $39.95-$59.95
Historic Range: $39.95-$59.95
Weight 7.6 oz / 214 g 10.9 oz / 308g 13 oz / 370 g 16.4 oz / 465 g
Pot Volume 1.2 L / 40.6 oz 1.9 L / 64.2 oz 2.7 L / 91.3 oz 3.7 L / 125.1 oz
In-Use Size 5.7 x 3.8 in / 144 x 96 mm 6.5 x 4.7 in / 165 x 120 mm 7.2 x 4.7 in / 182 x 120 mm 8 x 5.3 in / 203 x 135 mm
Material Marine-grade stainless steel

Reviews

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   2
1-star:   0

The best thing about this (the handle) is also the worst.

Pros

  • Light for SS
  • Lid is great as it has strainer and hanger
  • Handle is potentially brilliant

Cons

  • Handle is let down by plastic locking clip—it just isn't strong enough for the bigger pots.

I have used many pots over the years—from old coffee tins through to fancy European aluminium art works (wish I had kept my Sigg billies...) For the longest time I have used MSR alpine pots as they are completely bomb proof and I haven't really found anything better. I am doing a lot of cycle touring with my two kids these days and needed something capable of making tea, porridge, or pasta for three—we had been using a 3L MSR pot but that takes up half a pannier!

I purchased the 2.7L Sigma pot to save a bit of space and weight— the SS is much thinner than on the alpine pots so the weight is pretty good, as is the shape. What really got me in was the built-in handle that acts as a lid clip and the strainer lid with holding clip. It looks like S2S have really thought about how people actually use these things in the wild and hats off to a great design.

Being thin, you need a stove that can be turned right down—but I have cooked curries, eggs, porridge with no problems. The largish radius at the bottom makes cleanup easy. The clip for holding the lid on the side of the pan is a great feature and the strainer lid is super useful. S2S tell you not to, but cooking on a fire is perfectly doable as long as you are sensible about it. The steel will still cop some denting but nothing fatal and nothing like aluminium pots. Not having to carry pot grippers (or Paddy fingers as they are called in Oz) is also handy.

I would be ready to put my beaten up alpine pots into retirement except for one thing—the handle has a nasty habit of letting go! With a full load of pasta, and given that you need to press down a bit on the lid to strain, the clip lock has let go on several occasions. We've all been there, with a pile of steaming pasta own the ground and many muttered expletives, one is in for a gritty dinner...  

I think it probably works fine on the smaller pots, but it just doesn't scale to the larger sizes. The culprit is (as is so often the case) the plastic pivot clip lock. It is some sort of nylon and just doesn't have enough mojo to prevent the handle swinging away and dumping dinner. It needs to be much better because losing food is the best you can hope for and unless you are nimble, personal injury could easily occur.

If you remember to pour to the left instead of right—it doesn't seem to be a problem because the forces are working to keep the handle in place—but I don't always remember that and I don't really trust the pot as a result.

Overall, it is intelligently designed and the manufacturing quality is great. S2S's heart is clearly in the right place, but someone cut corners on testing the handle mechanism. Plastic has its place but this isn't one of them. If they fix that, this is a 10 out of 10 and destined to become a classic. I had to rate it two stars because despite all the good ideas, the pot is is potentially dangerous.

Experience

40+ years of bush cooking, dozens of meals with this particular pot.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 59AUD

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the helpful review, Otter. Welcome to Trailspace! I'm curious to see some closeup pictures of your pot showing the handle issues, if you're willing to add some to your review. Thanks!


1 year ago

Similar to a previous comment...best feature is the worst by far.

Pros

  • Reasonably lightweight
  • No-slip bottom also is nice especially on my tiny backpacking stove.
  • I will add that the little rubber knob on the lid is nice to remove lid and without burning even when the pot is hot

Cons

  • Swing away handle is convenient but this has given way with 1L of water in pot.
  • The handle lock mechanism has to be redesigned....I suggest anyone purchasing to "fix" the handle in some way to prevent serious injury.

I will further support a previous review regarding the lock mechanism. I have to admit that the issue with the lock giving way is REALLY an issue. PLEASE POUR TO THE LEFT.

I unfortunately had read this review before purchasing this, but then in classic fashion as I was pouring boiling water into my coffee I forgot the advice here, the lock mech gave away dumping boiling water on my foot. I had running shoes on and still suffered severe burning. My career aspiration as a foot model I fear are over.

I have been trekking with gear for over 40 years, cycling, canoeing, and hiking. This was the first and worst injury, sadly due to product engineering or manufacturing. The pot size/weight is perfect for my needs. However, I will not use it, especially as it puts others at risk if they repeat this occurrance.

I will be talking with Sea to Summit over this to see how I can "fix" my pot. I hope they have some improvement here. Otherwise, I will MacGyver the lock in some way to ensure this cannot happen. Maybe just remove the handle or create my own lock pin or something.

So 2 stars until this issue is addressed, otherwise it would be an easy 4-5 stars. I have been able to reproduce this in my kitchen sink with cold water. I will create a video for Sea to Summit and if requested will follow up here with pictures/video of the problem.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2020: Sea to Summit called me directly about the  issue I raised. I submitted simply through their website under warrenty/support. I do believe they may have mitgated this issue with a more recent product version. If so, I will move the rating way up as I really like the pot. As an aside I am also very happy with the direct contact and support for warrenty on it by Sea and Summit. I do believe they have been great in their quick response to my concerns.

Experience

This is the first Sigma Pot I have owned. I have used a lot of equipment over the last 40 years for cooking on the road/trail/waterway. I will admit much of my trekking cookware has been far less expensive, but none have been the blame for injury.

Source: bought it new

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Ouch! Thanks for the review and warning, Andy. It would be super helpful for other readers if you add any pictures and/or video of the locking issue to your review. Please let us know how Sea to Summit responds as well. Good luck!


16 days ago
Andy Petersen

I will do, cheers


15 days ago

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