While expensive, this is a very practical, stripped-down backpacking cook set that should appeal to weight-conscious adventurers.
Going fast and light is as much about weight as it is simplicity. This four-piece titanium cook set delivers on both.
Each pot doubles as your bowl and each lid/pan doubles as a plate, so leave the rest of your kitchen gear at home. However, you will need the mesh stuff sack because the lids don’t stay in place without it.
The large pot holds the small one, which can fit a micro canister stove and its partner fuel. Volume indicators are etched into the interior of each and they hold one liter and 780 ml., respectively. Built-in handles fold flush but get hot in a hurry when extended thanks to the heat transfer qualities of titanium and general stove radiation.
It’s easier than one might think to physically warp the thin lids/pans, so watch where you step. Also, use them when frying vegetables or a few specific meal ingredients, but you’re not going to fire up stir-fry or sear a trout larger than six inches. Everything cleans easily and while “non-stick” is an over-used selling point in all camp cookware, I was able to scrape off scorched dinner remnants with minimal effort.
The Snow Peak Titanium Multi Compact Cook Set differs from many of its backcountry brethren in its military-grade simplicity. That quality alone makes it a worthy alternative to two person cook sets that include an array of nested accessories. I think rock climbers and mountaineers will find this cook set an ideal solution for clliffside bivy dining. The price will turn some away, as will the general impression that something this light won’t hold up to sustained backcountry use.
In the end, as the early Nissan Xterra campaign so poignantly boasted, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t.