I have a weakness for ultralight titanium cookware and when I saw the Esbit 750 ml Titanium Mug Pot over the winter, I knew I had to try it out. I was pulling together a new wood and solid fuel-based cook system for ultralight backpacking trips and the size and features of this pot appealed to me. It was smaller and lighter weight (3.75 ounces) than any of the other titanium pots I owned, but large enough to serve as a cook pot, bowl, or mug. It’s smaller size also makes it easier to pack for my 36 hour fast and light backpacking trips where I carry a low volume ultralight backpack and keep my gear to an absolute minimum.
When it comes to selecting cook pots for backpacking (regardless of the season), I prefer ones with built-in, folding handles because I don’t have to carry a pot gripper and because they can serve multiple purposes as a bowl, mug, or a cooking pot. It’s also easier to scoop water out of shallow streams with a pot with folding handles, something I do on a fairly regular basis.
Colander holes (shown above) are also an important feature I look for because they prevent boil-overs, make it possible to see or hear what’s going on inside the pot without lifting the lid, and can be used in a pinch to strain noodles or fast cooking angel hair pasta.
While fold-away handles and colander holes are both features on this pot, the Esbit 750 ml Titanium Pot lacks graduated markings for measuring liquids which would improve its utility. While I can get by without them, it’s a weakness that would improve the product if provided. I like eating real food on trips and being able to easily measure out 8, 12, or 16 ounces of water would really be a big help when cooking my evening meal since I don’t carry water bottles with any volume markings on them.
The lack of volume indicators isn’t a show stopper though, and the Esbit 750 ml Titanium Pot has become a part of the cook system that I carry when I want to cook with wood or fall back to Esbit tabs when it rains. If you’re interested in buying one, my only suggestion is to shop around for the least expensive price. Amazon (Prime) usually has the best pricing available, about $10-20 less than other Internet retailers. Other manufacturers sell similar pots, although not as lightweight as the Esbit 750 ml Titanium Pot.
Disclosure: Esbit provided the author with a 750 ml Titanium post for this review.
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