When I backpack alone, I pretty much stick to one pot meals. But my wife (Captain Mouse), has gotten bit by the car camping bug, so we’ve been trying out different cooksets to take on our trips together. She’s a foodie and likes to cook more elaborate concoctions than the ramen noodle and olive oil based meals I normally eat on my solo hikes.
While there are many camping cooksets available on the market today, the Coghlan’s 4-pot Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookset caught my eye because it has many of the same properties I like in the simple backpacking pots that I prefer. Features like fold out butterfly handles and lids with integrated strainer holes.
All of the pots in this cookset are also made out of hard-anodized aluminum which I like better than titanium pots because they’re more durable and a good conductor of heat. Titanium pots are cool and superlight, but is the price premium really worth it? I don’t think so and certainly not for an entire cookset!
Out of the box, the Coghlan’s cookset includes 4 pots, lids, a plastic measuring cup and a pot scrubber. The pots are sized as follows:
- 2.8 quart pot and lid, weighing 12.3 ounces
- 1.8 quart pot and lid, weighing 10.1 ounces
- 1 quart pot and lid, weightng 7.6 ounces
- 1.2 quart frying pan, weighing 8.5 ounces (the 2.8 qt pot lid fits as a cover)
My wife likes the sizes of the individuals pots because they’re just right to cook a complete meal for 2-4 people. The 2.8 quart casserole is large enough to cook pasta and that the wrap-around butterfly handle is secure enough to hold a pot full of boiling water without feeling flimsy. The frying pan is a little on the small side though and while adequate for scrambling two eggs, it’s not really large enough to make pancakes.
What I like about the cookset is its stackability, since I’m the guy who has to carry it from the car to the campsite. I don’t want to be sexist – but that is how things work in my marriage!
I also like the fact that one can buy a cookset like this and break it apart for different types of trips withoug having to buy several individual pots. For example, the 2.8 quart pot is perfect for winter camping when I need to melt snow, the 1.8 quart pot is great for spring and autumn trips when I like a little bit more hot water at breakfast and dinner, and the 1 quart pot is perfectly sized for summer ultralight backpacking trips when I only cook ramen noodles for dinner.
Priced at $69.99, Coghlan’s Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookset is a pretty inexpensive way to buy all of these pots at once.
This product will be available in Spring 2013 – any day now.
Disclosure: Coghlans provided Philip Werner with a free Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookset for this review.