Part 19 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. Vargo Outdoors is a small Pennsylvania-based gear manufacturer that specializes in ultralight stoves, cookware, tent stakes, and other backpacking accessories. Nearly all of its products are made with titanium, including its new Titanium Ti-Boiler pot set—one of the more intriguing ultralight titanium cookware sets I’ve come across.
|Vargo Outdoors Titanium Ti-Boiler|
The Titanium Ti-Boiler features two components: a 900-milliliter pot and 400-milliliter pan. What makes the system so slick is the fact that the pan is designed to nest securely on top of the pot, allowing it to serve as both a lid and slow-cooker for food that is best prepared at a lower temperature. So, for example, you could boil pasta in the pot while simultaneously heating up a powdered sauce mix in the pan from the heat below. (This is a particularly nice feature if you’re cooking on a stove without a simmer adjustment.)
As titanium cookware goes, the Titanium Ti-Boiler comes in at a pretty typical price point ($69.95). And, like all titanium cookware, comes in at very low weight (6.6 ounces). In terms of capacity, it’s a bit on the small side but should prove adequate for solo hikers or two-person groups with small appetites and/or a willingness to cook meals in two rounds.
Vargo Outdoors offers a range of other titanium pots, pans, and mugs, as well as a variety of extremely lightweight titanium tent stakes (as little as 0.2 ounce per stake!). They also make some so-so alcohol stoves, but perhaps my favorite item comes from their line of campware: the Scork, a stainless steel spork that incorporates a can opener into the handle (0.9 ounce, $6.95).
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“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.