Recently i’ve been putting a lot of effort into creating an ultralight backpacking setup that not only achieves the status of ultralight, but remains consistent with the system that works well for me in the backcountry. This includes not compromising safety, comfort, or some of the aspects of being in the backcountry that make it worth while for me.
One of the more important items for me when it comes to being in the backcountry is eating good meals. I like to cook and I like to eat things that I would eat at home. With that said, I know you can get tasty meals from Mountainhouse, Backpacker pantry and others, but I typically do not like to rehydrate food, I prefer to cook.
Part of what I wanted to achieve is a simple cooking setup that would allow me the kitchen comforts without adding too much weight.
One of my favorite cooking pots and stove has been the GSI Pinnacle Soloist and MSR Superfly. In the case where I am trying to save weight, these had to go. It was time to go with Titanium. I spent a lot of time looking at many different brands. MSR, Snow Peak and Toaks seem to be the buzz in the ultralight community, so they were my first to look at.
My criteria for going ultralight was to get a pot that allowed me to nest a 100 gram fuel canister inside, and my stove. So I found myself with two issues. A pot small enough to satisfy the fuel nesting and to be able to store a stove too. I looked at a Pocket Rocket, Snow Peak Giga, and even considered going alcohol. But after more research I stumbled upon the Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium stove. So I was set for one of the items, now just needed the pot. I looked incredibly hard at a 750ml pot from Snow Peak, but the price kept keeping me from buying. That’s when I found Toaks.
$40 and a few days later I had the Toaks Titanium 650ml pot at my door step. This was the perfect size and weight I was looking for. Between two purchases of a new pot and new stove, I dropped my cooking setup by 15 ounces. Now my Toaks pot, Ion Micro stove and a fuel canister weigh a simple 12 ounces, as opposed to the 27 ounces I used to carry, not to mention the weight.
Going ultralight doesn’t have to take a lot of money. I managed to get a new cooking setup for less than $75. Spending that to save a pound off my back was worth it all the way. Check out a little video about the items I bought below. Happy ultralighting!
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– Olicamp Ion Micro Stove http://amzn.to/2dhlOnW
– Toaks Titanium 650ml Pot http://amzn.to/2dCZF2C