We haven’t been in the canoe or the kayaks much recently so I have had time to experiment with a new purchase.
I have been looking at these collapsable type pans for a couple of years. Good camping kitchen gear has to be lightweight and packable (in my mind) and should endure the abuse of camp stoves. I had purchased a wonderful set of Stanley cookware for my camper in the states that worked well for the two days I was able to use it last year. The problem with the Stanley set is that is is not very lightweight and takes up a good deal of room. I really wanted something for backpacking and taking on our canoe trips that was a bit smaller.
I have to admit the Sea to Summit XPOT 1.4L was an impulsive purchase last week when I visited the new Bever outdoor store in Hoofddorp. I normally would not buy something like this for € 49. For a camping pot it seemed like a crazy amount of money. I hoped it lived up to all the positive reviews.
First, I needed to determine if it would work on my backpacking stove. I judged the base to some of the stoves at the store but my Coleman Fyrepower has a larger cooking base and sometimes doesn’t work well with some cookware. I determined that the base of the pan on this 1.4 liter model would work well with my stove.
When I got it home and started reading all the precautions and care instructions, I was then a bit worried that my purchase was made in haste.
I followed the instructions and cleaned the pan in warm water before use. Yes, I made a purchase of the Sea to Summit folding bowl on the same day. It was an expensive trip to Hoofddorp.
I set up my stove in the back garden and started using my XPOT for making macaroni noodles.
It took about four minutes for the pan to boil water. I feel that the pan has a great heat distribution as the boiling water was even throughout the bottom of the pan.
The see through lid made it easy to determine when the noodles were done. The silicone lid handle was cool and easy to lift without getting steam burns.
This pan cleaned up easy. Did not appear to get scratched on the surface bottom by the camp stove and was simple to use. The fact that it folds down flat makes it easy to carry on my backpacking trips or in the canoe.
- Folds flat
- See through lid with strainer holes
- Works well with backpacking stove
- Can’t be used over a campfire
- Extra care is needed to make sure it retains the integrity of the silicone
Would I recommend this purchase – Yes!
Sea to Summit sucked me into this purchase not with their price mark but with the packability of this product.
The bright orange color matches my kayak. Ok… maybe, the marketing team didn’t know that I have an orange kayak.
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