The Best Titanium Cookware? Vargo Outdoors of Lewisburg, Penn., Has a Contender

June 7, 2012

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.

The Scork

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.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.