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Evernew Non-Stick Titanium Pot
BY TOM CALLAHAN
OWNER REVIEW
October 17, 2007

TESTER INFORMATION

NAME: Tom Callahan
EMAIL: tcallahanbgt AT yahoo DOT com
AGE: 48
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington, USA
GENDER: M
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77.10 kg)

I started backpacking as a kid in eastern Pennsylvania, using a heavy cloth pack, canvas tent, cotton sleeping bag. Oh how I've seen gear evolve. I now live in WA and get out regularly in the nearby Cascade Mountains. I do a variety of day hikes and multi-day trips. Usually I try to include a good off trail scramble with these trips. During the winter I get out snowshoeing at every opportunity. I also enjoy getting out and doing some glacier climbing, summiting prominent peaks like Mt. Rainier (14K ft/4K m) and Mt. Baker (10K ft/3K m).

Product Information

Manufacturer: Evernew
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.evernewamerica.com/
MSRP: Not Available
Dimensions: 5.91 x 3.03 in (180 x 92 cm) - confirmed
Listed Weight: 6.0 oz (170 g), Measured Weight: 5.8 oz (164 g)
Capacity: 1.37 qt (1.30 L) - confirmed

Product Description

This is a flat bottomed pot made with titanium. The interior of the pot has a silicon-ceramic non-stick coating. The top rim of the pot has a small pour spout. There are two swing out handles attached to the side, covered with silicone sleeves for insulation. On one side of the pot there are graduations stamped at 500 ml (16.9 oz) and 1000 ml (33.8 oz). The lid fits inside a lip on the top edge of the pot. The lid has a small flip up handle with the same silicone sleeve insulation as the handles. The pot comes with a drawstring nylon stuff sack.

Field Conditions

I have used this on many multi-day backpacking trips in a variety of conditions in the Cascade Mountains as well as on the slopes of Mt Baker and Mt Rainier. Terrain has ranged from dense forest, sub-alpine, alpine, granite basins and snowfields. Elevations have ranged from 2,000 - 11,000 ft (610 - 3,400 m). Over the last 3 years I have been out in the field with this pot during the spring, summer, fall and winter. So I have used this pot under sunny conditions as well as rain and snow. Temperatures have ranged from 30 - 80 F (17 - 44 C).



Usage

I have used this pot exclusively on all my backpacking trips for the last 3+ years. I have used it to boil water, melt snow and to cook a variety of foods.

The non-stick coating of the pot does seem to help to keep food items from sticking to the inside, but it is not 100%. The manufacturer recommends not cooking over a concentrated heat, but this is not easy to avoid when using as stove like my MSR Whisperlite. When the pot is very hot, food items start to stick to the non-stick coating of the interior. For example, when preparing foods like instant oatmeal or cous cous that do not cook over heat this is not an issue and the pot wipes clean with no scrubbing. But, when cooking something like sausage the links would start to stick and I would have to turn them frequently to keep them from sticking. The same when sautéing onions, I had to keep stirring them constantly. Where food would stick and sear a bit, it blackened the inside of the pot and did not clean up very easily. A wipe with a soft, soapy sponge would not be sufficient and I would have to resort to using the abrasive side of the sponge. But scrubbing with a light abrasive sponge also started to remove the non-stick coating, so I end up leaving the pot with some small blackened areas inside. This non-stick coating has been scratched when I've used a metal utensil like my GSI Foon, but it is not scratched when using a plastic utensil. So the non-stick coating works OK, but I have been a little hard on it and it has some wear and scratches to show for it.

The pour spout is small and doesn't seem to make any real difference when pouring. I am able to control the amount and rate of liquid when pouring from the non-spout side just as well on the side with the spout.

I like having the handles attached to the pot so I don't have to use a pot gripper tool. The length and placement of the pot handles is very good making it easy to pour. I also like the swing out design which allows me to tuck the handles away, tight to the pot when it is not in use. The nylon stuff sack helps keep these handles and the lid in place which makes this a compact unit that packs well.

The silicone sleeves provide good insulation on the pot handles and lid and I have always been able to pick up the pot and lid with bare hands while cooking. During cooking some heat is transferred to the pot handles causing the silicone sleeves to loosen up. When this happens and I pick up the pot, the silicone sleeves begin to roll a bit and slide along the handles . This makes the pot handles feel a little "slippery." I've never felt like the pot is going to fall out of my hand, but I do have to grip it a bit tighter when the silicone sleeve begins to slide and roll.

Note the handle insulation slippage


The lid fits well into the top rim of the pot. However, because the lid sits inside the rim of the pot, if I'm not careful and the lid is not horizontal while placing it on the pot, the edge of the lid will have tendency to go into the pot, dipping into whatever I am cooking. It would be better if the rim of the lid were slightly larger than the pot opening, with a lip on lid so that it fits on the outside the edge of the pot. This would eliminate the problem and make it easier to seat the lid.

Lid slips into pot


The capacity of the pot is ideal for cooking a dinner for two. The pot's dimensions and flat bottom enable it to rest well on my stove. The size of the pot is also just right to accommodate my MSR Whisperlite stove, with extra room for matches and some cleaning items. When packing I place a piece of neoprene inside the pot to keep the stove from banging around and scratching the non-stick coating.

Stove is a perfect fit

Summary

Pot is very lightweight and just the right size for my backpacking needs. It packs down small, yet is big enough to heat water or cook a sufficient quantity of food for two people. The non-stick coating keep foods from sticking somewhat, but requires the ability to control the heat from my backpacking stove to really benefit from this feature. The way I use a cook pot I might be just as well off without the non-stick coating. The handles tuck out of the way nicely and the silicone sleeves provide enough insulation for the pot and lid handles. The way the silicone sleeves slip and roll and the way the lid can dip into the pot are minor nuisances that I have learned to live with. Because I really like this pot's size, low weight and packability it will continue to be a standard piece of my backpacking gear.

Pros & Cons

Pros: light weight, folding handles, good size and capacity, packability
Cons: lid slips inside pot, silicone insulation slips and rolls, limitations of non-stick coating

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