The backpacker’s kitchen kit is one of the easiest and cheapest places to cut weight from your overall setup. Once I made the decision to stop any cooking that required any ingredients going into my pot, I was able to switch to a much smaller capacity vessel and save a lot of weight.

Now, if I am “cooking” at all, the only thing that goes into my pot is water to be heated to boiling and added to a packaged food bag to “steep” whatever the meal is that I am having for the night. Typically, the meals are dehydrated prepackaged products from various outdoor food sellers, but could also be grains or legumes that are being re-hydrated.

The idea is that if food never goes into the pot, you have no dishes to clean afterwards which not only makes things simpler and faster but also more hygienic.


TOAKS LIGHT Titanium 550ml Pot (Ultralight Version) – $29.95

Weight:  Pot with lid: 86g / 3.03 oz  / Pot only: 70g / 2.46 oz 
Volume: 0.55L / 550ml / 18.6oz
Dimensions: 3 3/4″ W x  3 1/8″ H


The TOAKS Titanium 550ml Pot is one of the best ultralight vessels to help shave weight quickly. This 550 ml pot is just big enough for me to boil 16oz of water, the typical volume added to dehydrated meals, without boiling over. It is made of titanium which is super strong and super light.

  • Comes with a lid with lockable grip and a mesh storage sack.
  • Compared to TOAKS Titanium 550ml Pot (new version), TOAKS LIGHT Titanium 550ml Pot is made of thinner material, and lighter (1.9 oz vs. 2.8oz pot only).





MSR Titan Kettle – $59.95

Weight: Pot with lid: 119g / 4.2 oz. , Pot only: 89g / 3.13 oz. 
Volume: 0.85 L  / 850 ml / 28.74 oz.
Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 in.

  • Rounded Edges Improves heat transfer and makes cleanup easier
  • Rolled Lip Provides greater stability and reduces the pots’ tendency to warp, assuring consistent lid fit.
  • Durable – Stands up in the most rugged conditions

The MSR Titan Kettle is the first piece of ultralight kitchen gear I purchased. Prior to realizing the benefits of one pot “cooking”, I was toting around a three piece cook set, complete with frying pan (that I never used on the trail).

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some back country gourmet and believe that multi-piece cook sets have their place: at base camp or by your vehicle. However, for multi-day trips where you need to travel fast and light, one simple pot should handle all of your “cooking” needs.

This pot is actually a little too much pot for me now. The Titan Kettle has a volume of 0.85 liters, while most dehydrated meals require only 0.5 liters or less of water to reconstitute. Being just too small to heat enough water for two meals at once, and being overkill for a solo hiker’s needs, the MSR Titan Kettle falls into a niche category due to its size; if you happen to be a solo hiker who enjoys a hot meal and a hot beverage to go with it, this may be the perfect pot for you.









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