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AntiGravityGear 3 Cup Aluminum Non-Stick Cook Pot

Owner Review by Derek Hansen

DATE: October 14, 2010

3-cup pot

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NameDerek Hansen
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
Email Address derek·daught·hansen·at·mac (without cheese)·dot·kahm
City, State, CountryFlagstaff, Arizona, USA


I am a lightweight backpacker with a typical weekend pack weight of 15 lb (7 kg) and a multi-day weight of 20 lb (9 kg), which includes food and water. Because I pack less than 20 lb (9 kg), I prefer lightweight trail-running shoes. I prefer backpacking with a hammock as part of my sleep system. I generally use lightweight alcohol-based stoves in my minimal cook system.


Manufacturer AntiGravityGear, (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA)
Year of Manufacture 2008
Manufacturer’s Website
MSRP $10
Listed Capacity 3 cups (0.7 L)
Measured Capacity 3 1/3 cups (0.8 L)
Color Black, with a silver lid
Listed Weight 3.8 oz (108 g)
Measured Weight 2.7 oz (76.5 g) w/o lid; 4 oz (113.4 g) w/lid
Listed Features Lightweight, durable, non-stick finish.
Warranty "If you are not satisfied with your purchase, your merchandise may be returned for a refund or exchange within the guidelines of our returns and exchange policy."
Listed Dimensions 2.625 × 5.375 in (6.667 × 13.65 cm)
Measured Dimensions 2.625 × 5.375 in (6.667 × 13.65 cm)


The AntiGravityGear 3-cup, non-stick cooking pot is a no-frills aluminum pot with a wide opening and a simple aluminum lid. The top edges of the pot are rounded and curled in making a smooth lip. The lid has a simple metal loop that attaches to the lid by means of two indented holes in the center.

The lid is bare aluminum, but the pot has been coated with a black, non-stick coating inside and out. The pot is not hard-anodized. The pot requires a clamp handle or other type of pot gripping device to lift or adjust the pot while cooking.

The capacity of the pot (3 cups/0.7 L) is suitable for most of my solo meals.


Cooking fresh oatmeal

I have used the 3-cup pot on more trips than I can remember, it being one of the first cooking pots I ever purchased when I started going backpacking as a hobby several years ago. The pot was inexpensive and had enough “features” for cooking in the outdoors. Overall, I would guess I’ve used this pot over 20 times on backpacking trips within the past year alone. I still use this pot and have purchased more for family camp kits.

Boiling at sea level

I originally purchased this pot while living in Virginia where I used the pot near sea level, and after moving to Arizona, to elevations up to 7,000 ft (2,133 m). I’ve cooked in the pot in sub-freezing temperatures and in moderate summer heat.

I like cooking meals, but also do my fair share of boil-in-a-bag meals (does that qualify as cooking?). Breakfast is often boil-in-a-bag with a hot drink on the side and I like having a hot meal at night. When it is cold out, I’ll often add a hot drink before bed too.

Steam baking

One cooking method I’ve used in this pot several times is steam baking. I first collect a few small stones and put them in the bottom of the pot. I add enough water to reach just below the rocks (about one inch/2.5 cm) and place small tart tins filled with batter on top of the rocks. The wide, open area and flat bottom of the pot has made it ideal for this type of baking.

Packing with the pot

The size of the pot has also made it ideal for packing. I can fit most of my cook gear inside the pot, including my stove (alcohol-based), fire starters, fuel cup, pot gripper, etc.


This little pot is a gem. It's inexpensive and durable, although the non-stick coating does scrape off, especially where I've grabbed the sides with pliers or pot grippers.

PRO—Durable, heats well, enough room for some fancy steam baking.

CON—Non-stick coating can scrape off.

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