Best Backpacking Cookset
Living out a pack requires the use of a few essential tools to stay well fed. It’s certainly possible to eat dry goods like trail mix and granola bars. But, your body needs variety and a hot meal just really hits the spot sometimes. Trekking through the backcountry is extremely calorie intensive. It’s physically exhausting work, and detrimental to your health if you don’t practice proper nutrition. While granola and other dried foods can be nutritious, you need a proper balance of healthy carbs, proteins, and fat from a variety of sources.
In order to stay well nourished on solo ventures it’s best to pack a small, lightweight cookset. Titanium is my material of choice for good reason, so I decided to browse Ti products for the best solo backpacking cookset. The clear winner was the Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium for a couple reasons.
Many solo pots can be pretty restricted in their use due to their small size. Fortunately the Snow Peak is designed for use with 1-2 people in mind. This makes it ideal for eating large meals by yourself or accommodating another person.
It’s also a two piece set. The lid doubles as a skillet, which is a huge bonus. Using it as a lit works well, but I love to use both of them in conjunction as a double boiler. The thin walled construction of both pans is not ideal for frying. When the skillet is used on top of boiling water, temperature distribution is much more even. It’s hard to avoid hotspots and overheating when cooking with the skillet directly over a heat source. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of a very thin pan. I’ve had very pleasing results however using this method, and I encourage you to try it.
Although the set is thin walled, Snow Peak uses heavier gauge titanium in their products than their competitors. The added weight from this really isn’t an issue though. Snow Peak Really does produce some of the finest titanium gear available. It’s produced in Japan, not China, and therefore slightly more expensive. I’d venture to say the extra cost is definitely worth it though.