Massdrop x Vargo “BOT 700” Pot
The Vargo Titanium BOT has been a favorite within the outdoor community for a few years.
Recently the folks over at Massdrop worked with Vargo Outdoors to introduce a smaller version of the Titanium BOT.
exclusive to Massdrop, Titanium BOT is a 700ml pot, with handles and a lid, and is called the “BOT 700“.
While not all that much lighter in weight than it’s big brother, the BOT 700 makes for an ideal solo hikers all-in-one storage container, cooking pot, water carrier, and anything else that you might want to put into it, and not have it leak out all the goodies inside.
The weight of the pot & lid is 126 grams (4.44 ounces), with the lid hitting the scale at 41 grams and the pot itself at 85 grams.
It has a total capacity of 700 ml (24oz) and is 10.5 cm (4.1 inches) in diameter.
The screw top lid can be turned upside down and used as a lid while cooking — doing this is important because there is a silicone o-ring on the bottom of the lid (which, duh, makes it watertight) and you want to make sure that the silicone o-ring does not come into contact with the fuel flames. So, a good idea if you are using wood for fuel is to probably not use the lid at all.
When I first heard about this being brought to market my comment was something along the lines of “sounds like a great way for long distance hikers to be able to reduce the amount of containers that they carry – the all typical Glad/Ziplock plastic bottles for doing cold soaking, and a cooking pot.”
The way I see my use of this is exactly that. As a mostly no-cook hiker, the ability to have a single container that I can put say, some soup, or cold soak noodles for later in the day, or to throw some oatmeal into it at night for breakfast the next morning, just really appeals to me, as well as having a single container that I can also use to make some hot tea or coffee with, or the very rare days when I want to warm up some food.
In my limited use with the Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” Pot, it has performed very well. The 700ml volume is a bit more than the Evernew EBY-265 that has become a mainstay within the SUL/XUL community the last few years. But it means no more having to carry an additional container to cold soak my oatmeal at night and noodles, beans, whatnot after lunch.
The Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” Pot fits on top of the gold standard of canister stoves, the Snow Peak LiteMax very well. If you have the stove turned up really high you can get flames over the sides of the pot, but not by a lot. Check out the video I have below to see this.
The Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” Pot fits very well on the love crazy-popular BRS-3000T stove without any flames going up the sides of the pot.
The Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” Pot also works very well with the much beloved Zelph Starlyte stove + wire stand.
Boil times with the Snow Peak LiteMax are between 8 and 9 minutes.
Boil times with the BRS-3000T are right at 10 minutes.
Boil times with the Zelph Starlyte are 12-14 minutes.
All of those boil times are with 700ml of water inside the pot.
All in all, these are acceptable times for most hikers.
The handles on the Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” Pot are sturdy and do not feel flimsy or like they are going to pop out. As always, keep the handles separated (not touching each other) when boiling/cooking and you will be able to pick up the pot via the handles without them being OMG crazy hot. That said, the lid can be OMG crazy hot after the water has reached a boil. Word to the wise on that one.
I think the only thing that might get a down score on this pot would be a result of the lid groves at the very top of the pot, on the inside. If you are cooking food inside the pot and it is a bit of a messy dish (say, mac&cheese) trying to get the stuff out of those lid ring/grooves can be troublesome. Now, most of us long distance hikers are just use to pots that are quasi-always-dirty. You thru-hikers know what I am talking about.
Aside from that minor detail, I am thinking that the Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” Pot is going to be a seriously tempting option for thru-hikers, and for all the weekend hikers out there as well, especially if you are like me and usually carry a ‘soaking container’ and a pot with you – that alone justifies giving the Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” Pot a serious bit of consideration for buying.
One nice thing about this being a seal-tight container and with it being titanium is that you can cold soak food in it and not have to worry about mice, raccoons and other night-nuisance creatures getting into your cold-soak food, allowing you to keep it in camp and not wake up in the morning with your food/container gone or eaten into (such as can happen with a PB container). Obviously it is not going to be bear proof, but critter proof, for sure!
Videos with different stoves:
Where to buy:
The Vargo/Massdrop “BOT 700” is, as of the time of this writing, only available via Massdrop:
As of November 2016 you can now purchase the BOT 700 directly from Vargo Outdoors: