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LiteTrail 550ml Titanium Cookpot Setup

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TrailLite Ti 500ml Cook Pot

TrailLite Ti 500ml Cook Pot

Greetings Hikers,

It has been fun to watch LiteTrail mature over the last year or so, Jhaura Wachsman, the founder of LiteTrail, has been investing a lot of time and money into sourcing some of the lightest gear available for SUL/XUL hikers. That alone makes them a company that is always on my watchlist.

About a week ago they announced a new set of titanium cook pots, that are suppose to be crazy light weight, so I ordered up one of their 550ml pots to give it a go and see how it compared to my existing setup, which is comprised of the hugely popular Evernew 600ml pot, and the always amazing TrailDesigns Sidewinder, and a DIY esbit stove/stand.

The order showed up tonight, and I am heading out on a hike tomorrow, so I wanted to get a brief pre-use article pushed out for those considering this setup.

Specs:

Pot: 54.71 grams
Lid: 17.33 grams
Screen: 4.48 grams
Groundsheet: 1.38 grams
TriWing stand: 12.59 grams

This totals up to: 90.49 grams (3.19 ounces).

Add in a FireMaple Folding Spoon at 16.71 grams and a mini-bic, 5 days worth of esbit, and ziplock bags, and I arrive at 171 grams (6.03 ounces) for a full (five day) cook kit setup weight.

Just the pot, compared to my Evernew 600ml (68.98 grams), is 14.27 grams lighter.

The lid on this LiteTrail setup is 17.33 grams (0.611 ounces), so a bit over a half-ounce just for the lid. Considering the lid does not snap in or onto, and stay in place, it is a bit more of a bummer. It does stay stable when you are boiling water, but it is not a tight enough fit to actually stay attached and hold the rest of your cook kit inside the pot. Going to have to either keep it in the supplied stuff sack, use a ziplock bag like I do, or use a rubber band like a lot of guys I know use. I like the design of the lid, it has a nice small handle and vent holes, it is just a bummer it weighs 31.67 percent of what just the pot itself weighs.

The pot and the lid put together makes a total pot weight of 72.04 grams (2.54 ounces) and that is impressive for a Ti 550ml pot & lid!

The windscreen was a bit shorter than I expected. Typically I am use to windscreens that go up the side of the pot about 50% of the way. I would say the windscreen might go up 2/5ths of the way, maybe. Will it be enough to handle a 30mph wind, or more, that hikers in some regions typically encounter, that I just do not know yet. The vent holes on the bottom of the windscreen are nice size, and go around it about half way.

All in all I am really looking forward to giving this smaller pot a try. I know a lot of folks are going to say that 550ml is not big enough. To each of us our own, or HYOH/YMMV as we say. For me, I am use to using somewhere in the 350-450ml range, so this 550ml is going to be nice, compared to the 600ml pot that I have been using recently.

The pot feels very solid and well built. Same with the lid and windscreen. I have bought enough pots and cook kits over the years to know when I am willing to give one a go and when its just going back into the box that it came in. This one is heading out with me tomorrow on my next hike, so that is saying something considering it just showed up a few hours ago. I will run a couple of pots of hot water through it just to make sure the handle rivets will not pop when it gets hot, and if it survives that, it is going into my backpack before I head out in the morning.

Where To Buy:

You can buy this pot, and the entire setup, at the TrailLite store:

http://litetrail.com/shop/litetrail-titanium-cookpot-with-lid-550-ml

 

Below are photos, not the best, but I am tired and leaving very early in just a few hours, so until I can get back and get a chance to share more thoughts on this new setup, enjoy the pictures, have a great time, and let me know your thoughts!

+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com


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Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

April 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

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  1. Thanks for your initial review on this system John. Will you be able to get a review or some thoughts in the comment about this system after you used it on a hike? I think there are a few people waiting for your opinion before purchasing the system. I must say, the advertised 3.3 oz sounds great, so I hope you have good things to say :)

    • Hey Andrew,

      I have around twenty days of use with the setup at this point. It is working out very well.

      The pot is a great little pot. I ditched the lid and went with a Ti one I made – just something simple to cover the top when heating water.

      The windscreen does “ok” when there is a bit of wind, nothing like the TrailDesigns Sidewinder, but that is the master of all windscreens, eh. In calm weather the windscreen does a good job of keeping the heat retained to aid in heating the pot.

      Not much to say about the tri-wing… they are what they are – and esbit stand.

      You can see a photograph of the pot being used on my facebook page:

      John B. Abela

      May 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  2. John,

    As always, I’m a big fan of your articles/reviews. I’m a veteran of alcohol stoves, but a total noob when it comes to Esbit. I mean a heavy hauling, 25 BPW noob:) I’m thinking of buying the solid fuel system from Litetrail, including the 550 ML ti pot. It includes everything I need and would be a significant weight savings for me of almost 3 ounces over my current cook set up. I’m a member of BPL, but so many of the articles devolve into bickering or “this is how I made my stove” asides that I can’t find some of the beginners info I’m searching for. I know you are busy, but could you give me some pointers, or perhaps post a few links for Esbit noobs? I would greatly appreciate the effort. Thank you.

    Happy trails.

    J Dos

    J Dos Antos

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    • Hey JD,

      Great to hear you are looking at bringing your pack weight down! I remember the days of 25+ pound backpacks… they are what drove me to become a SUL/XUL hiker ;)

      I do not really know many links/resources for esbit related articles. It is not really a big thing in the hiking community these days. The explosion of alcohol stoves the last few years has driven esbit into a ‘dirty’ thing within the hiking world.

      I know a few hiker/bloggers have written articles about their esbit setups over the years, but I do not think I have ever seen a true repository for esbit within the hiking community.

      For me it is simple: esbit is safer than alcohol. It is safer for the hiker and it is safer for the forests we hike in.

      Just watch this video… three of the hikers that have had issues with alcohol stoves within this video are *very* experienced hikers… probably 25,000+ miles, one of them was a fairly new hiker, but the rest are hikers with a whole lot of miles. One could argue that with all those miles and those few of incidences, alcohol is worth the risk… but ask the entire hiking community when the last time a thru-hiker caused a forest fire with an esbit tablet, or burned themselves and/or their hiking gear. I have never heard of a single incident.

      I have been slowing getting hikers to switch from alcohol to esbit… Hiker Jim is my most recent hiker! http://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2013/05/fire-safety-alcohol-vs-esbit.html

      John B. Abela

      May 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      • John,

        Thanks for the quick reply. I realize sarcasm doesn’t always translate well over the net. My BPW is generally between 5-7.5 pounds (never 25 lbs) depending on the duration of my trip and climate I’m hiking in of course. I just posted that number as a joke to show my inexperience with Esbit. During summer, I’ve been able to dip into the realm of SUL, and one way was to leave out a cooking system entirely. I’ve experimented with that a lot the last 2 years.

        However, when I do bring a stove, it’s the Caldera Cone set up with my Snow Peak ti pot. Now that I’ve made significant investments in other areas, I’m addressing my cook kit. I’m glad you posted this review when you did cuz I’m planning on buying the Litetrail 550 ti pot. I want to combine it either with my alcohol stove or the Traildesigns Gram Cracker. I’ll experiment a bunch this summer and figure out what works best for me.

        I’m a huge fan of simplicity on the trail, which is why I’m strongly considering making the switch to Esbit. I also care about LNT and safety in the backcountry. I’ll probably poke around BPL for Esbit advice. I guess what I’m looking for is how people store it when hiking, where they buy it at the best price, and the amount you use per day. I’ve read that a .5 ounce tab is sufficient for each meal.

        J Dos Antos

        May 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

        • I store mine while on the trail in a double ziplock bag. Other hikers use an OpSak but I have found two ziplocks work good enough at 80% less weight. Some “smell” still gets out, but big freaking wooopie doodah – people that have problems with the smell of esbit and the soot of esbit and fire stoves need to go back to their cubicle and stay out of the woods.

          The Caldara Cone is one very sweet setup when used with their Gram Cracker. I used it for a long time until Brian Green made me a custom Ti esbit stand, which I matched up with the TrailDesigns Sidewinder screen/stand.

          John B. Abela

          May 16, 2013 at 6:33 am

  3. […] a month ago I posted an article introducing the 2013 version of the TrailDesign Ti cooking system and over the last few weeks I […]


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