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SNOW PEAK TREK 700 TITANIUM
BY JOHN MACDOWALL
OWNER REVIEW
April 16, 2011

TESTER INFORMATION

NAME: John MacDowall
EMAIL: jmacdowall@gmail.com
AGE: 45
LOCATION: Northern Virginia, USA
GENDER: M
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 210 lb (95.30 kg)

I've been sleeping in the woods since I was a teenager when my kit was a homemade wooden frame pack, a horse blanket, and a cast-iron skillet. Today, I carry a pack that tends to the lightweight side, saving weight for a thicker pad and a fail-proof stove. I am a Sierra Club Outings Leader, taking public groups backpacking in Northern Virginia. I am certified in Wilderness First Aid and carry a complete first aid kit and survival gear on every outing. I generally like to do 5-10 miles (8-16 K) with an emphasis on enjoying the trees, not the mileage.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Manufacturer: Snow Peak
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.snowpeak.com
MSRP: US$ 39.95
Listed Weight: 4.8 oz (136 g)
Measured Weight: 4.6 oz (130 g)
Capacity: 24 fluid oz (0.71 L)
Size: D 4.2" H 4.4" (10.67 x 11.18 cm)
Material: titanium

This pot comes with a nice mesh stuff sack. My initial impression was absolute surprise about how light a metal pot this size could be. I have only found aluminum pots that are close to the weight but are lacking in durability. A strong pot of steel can be nearly twice as heavy.

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Image courtesy SnowPeak


The folding handle stores flat against the sides of the pot and when unfolded creates a very steady grip. The close fitting lid has a well designed draining system that holds the lid on the pot while I pour the unwanted liquid through the slot in the lid. The other side of the lid features a hook that can be used as a handle to lift the lid or to hang the lid from the edge of the pot to dry.
The pot also features a scale stamped into the side. This scale allows me to measure 4, 8, 12, and 16 oz or 0.2, 0.4, and 0.5 L. This is extremely convenient and easy to use when cooking or making beverages when I need to measure ingredients or just to make sure my instant coffee will be the right octane.

FIELD USE

My initial use of the pot was in Washington State Forest in September 2010. The weather was clear, light wind, about 55 F (12 C). My usual fare is homemade dried food in a one quart zip-top bag. Using an alcohol stove, I boiled water in the pot, poured it in the zip-top bag of food and resealed it. After a couple minutes time spent allowing the food to reconstitute, I was able to put the bag in the pot, open the bag and turn the top edge of the bag over the lip of the pot. The diameter was perfect to hold the bag in place with the ziptop turned down over the rim of the pot!

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Cooking in Washington State Forest, VA


The second use of the pot was on Rocky Mount in Shenandoah National Park. I decided that I would simmer my dinner directly in the pot, without the zip-top bag in place to keep the pot clean. During cleanup, I was happy to find that the metal's finish was easy to clean. The size of the pot was such that I had no trouble getting my large hands down inside to give it a good scrubbing.
My regular use of the pot is as a coffee cup. I boil water in this pot on my stove. Upon boil, I remove the pot from the stove, add a spoonful of coffee powder and stir. By the time that the coffee is ready to drink, the sides and lip of the pot are cooled enough to drink right from the pot. The titanium metal from which this pot is made cools very quickly to allow me to drink right from the pot. This works great in seasonable weather. When the temperature is low enough for me to wear my coat, I pour my beverage into an insulated mug, otherwise the superior heat transferring properties of this pot will be working against me and cooling my drink.

SUMMARY


My only concern with this pot is the shape. This is a tall and narrow pot. When in use with my alcohol stove (pictured) , it is a little too narrow and the flames miss the bottom of the pot. When in use with a stove with a more focused burner, such as my MSR Pocket Rocket, the flames are centered on the bottom of the pot. This pot also integrates with the Pocket Rocket very well because the pot can hold the fuel canister and the stove for packing.

THINGS I LIKE

-lightweight
-strong
-clever straining system
-folding handle

THINGS I DON'T LIKE

-premium cost, which is a minor consideration because it's all I need and I'm sure I won't need to replace it anytime soon

SIGNATURE

John MacDowall

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