The REI 1.3 L titanium pot has a non stick coating for easy cleanup. For years, all I did was boil water for freezer bag meals on the trail and I didn’t need a non-stick coating. But these days, I want the option of eating richer meals in winter and on longer, multi-day backpacking trips.
Except for the non-stick coating, this pot is identical to the Evernew titanium pot that I already own. It has insulated fold away handles that collapse along the outside of the pot for easy packing and storage. In addition, it has a pour spout, which I find useful for pouring boiling snow melt into bottles and for draining extra water off of my ramen noodles. The inside also has embossed volume lines for measuring out half a liter and one liter of water, for those special gourmet recipes.
Weightwise, the REI non-stick pot weighs 5.6 oz, while the uncoated Evernew pot weighs 4.8 oz, so the weight penalty for the non-stick version is not that bad.
Contrary to popular lore, titanium pots are quite strong and will hold their shape when stuffed into a tight backpack. They don’t dent easily unless mishandled and they don’t rust, ever. I’ve been using them for years now, and they’ve held up well for me.
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