I just got back from a trip hiking a couple sections of the PCT in Southern California, a section of the PCT in the Sierras, and doing further research on the Lowest to Highest trail – and somewhere amongst all those miles I thought to myself it was about time that I put together a spreadsheet on small cups/pots that we in the SUL/XUL world of hiking use.
Somewhere along the way I become frustrated with the large 550ml pot that I was carrying around, simply because it was more capacity than what I needed for the entire time I was on the trail. I did not take my MSR Titan Cup which my sister gave me for Christmas a few years ago, and that I really love, so I was stuck with a pot that had a capacity of almost twice what I needed. I told myself when I got back home I was going to put together a spreadsheet so I could see if my beloved titan cup was still a viable cup or if it was time to switch things up.
This was all much easier to gather and compile than I expected it to be, mostly because I set the following requirements:
I would only list cups/pots that are not cottage made. It seems there are a half-dozen new cottage “beer can makers” that pop-up every year and trying to list all of them would just not be any fun. So I am only listing those cups/pots that are not made in somebodies home or garage. Simply put: (a) there are too many cottage folks making the list too complicated to maintain, and (b) because they tend to have inconsistent weights from pot to pot because of the fact that they are homemade and weight variations are inevitable. Easiest way to keep myself out of a logistical nightmare. I love all you guys out there in the cottage industry… you know that… but sometimes chaos prevails and this would be one of those times.
A max weight of 100 grams (3.52 ounces) also seemed like a reasonable max-weight.
A max volume of 475 ml (16 oz) because it is very rare for a SUL/XUL hiker to be hiking with a cup/pot over 16 ounces.
Because we use these cups/pots on alcohol stoves, over esbit, over fire, etc., only single-wall cups/pots would be allowed. Double wall cups are sweet to drink from, but cannot be used over heat for safety reasons, and the same goes with plastic cups/pots.
Originally I was not going to allow cups without handles because I did not want to get into the issue of the weight of pot-grabbers, but as I could only think of one non-cottage-made pot that does not have handles, I decided to go with non-handle cups, foldable cups, and non-foldable handles, just to make sure we got the full spectrum. Obviously for the one or two cups listed that do not have handles, a person should factor in a pot grabber, wire loop, bandanna or whatever your favorite method of picking up a hot pot is.
Material would not be factored in. While I knew most of them would be made of Titanium, I had a feeling that one or two of them could be aluminium or stainless steel.
At the time of publication there are only fifteen cups/pots within the list. I have to say I was rather amazed at this low of a number. I asked a half-dozen folks if they knew of anything else and none of us could think of anything else. There are more out there, I am certain, but we could not think of them. So if you know of any cups/pots that meet the requirements set above, please drop a comment to this article and I will get it/them added to the list! My initial thanks go to Stick for some initial help and review of my compiled data.
You can view the spreadsheet/chart right here – it is a google spreadsheet.
July 21, 00:45 — I have added the Euro in addition to the USD to help those outside of the USA. I could never add all of the different currencies, but hopefully this will help a few of you out there! I am trying hard to make my articles and data more friendly to non USA hikers!
July 20, 2013 11:30 — I have added the Alpkit MytiCup after a hiker from Finland sent me a message asking to include it. Thanks!
July 20, 2013, 5:50pm — I have added the Ruta Locura 450 Ti Pot and the Montbell 450 Titanium Cup, Montbell Titanium Sierra Cup 420 and Montbell Titanium Sierra Cup 300 to the list as well. Thanks everybody that has contacted me via this article, my contact form, and via HikeLighter on facebook.
July 20, 2013, 5:35 pm — Lots of hikers sending me messages regarding the Evernew EBY265. I have now added it to the spreadsheet/chart. If anybody in the USA knows of a source for this cook pot please let me know, I have been looking for one for a rather long time.