MSR Titan Titanium Kettle review - Life Upgrade! Alright, that’s a tad dramatic, but Titanium might be one of the best camp cookware upgrades we have made in awhile. Why? Well, when your kitchen and sleeping arrangements are loaded on your back, every ounce counts. Cutting weight on heavy cookware means you can bring that chocolate bar for dessert, and even still, maintain a lighter pack. But, is Titanium reallllly worth it?
What They Say:
"Versatile enough to be a pot, mug or bowl, this ultralight titanium kettle complements the Titan 2 Pot Set perfectly. The Kettle holds .85 liters of liquid and comes with a tight-fitting lid and drip-free spout for smooth, easy pouring. Team with Titan Tool Spoon or MSR® Folding Utensils (sold separately) for a bare-minimum "solo" cookware kit."
- Ultralight: Weighs just 4.2 oz. (118 g).
What We Think:
Titanium is not the most economical option. You can get a good, long lasting pot that takes up minimal space and holds your stove for around $30. Or, if you're really trying to cut costs, you can go stove-less and munch on endless amounts of trail mix. But, if you backpack often or long enough, titanium cookware might be worth the high ticket purchase. It was for us; but, then again, it wasn’t our first backpacking pot.
Handle: The Titan Kettle has two folding handles that extend away from the pot for use and wrap back around for easy storage. Some reviews mention having a problem with the handles getting too hot to touch. We didn’t have a problem – until, we forgot to unfold the handles before heating the kettle. Not recommended.
Spout: The kettle, true to its name, has a lip for easy pouring. Works great and is a game changer when it comes to pouring boiling water for meal prep. (Our previous pot wasn’t kettle style)
Lid: A small handle, covered in rubber, is semi-useful for not burning your hands. The size of the handle helps maintain the ultralight status of the kettle. However, it proved hard to remove the lid when the kettle was scorching hot. Which, might have been due to the lid, in general, being hard to remove. Nothing, though, that a little adjustment in use couldn’t fix – we learned quickly to just leave the lid cracked half open.
The Kettle is perfect for boiling water. For a diet of dehydrated meals, coffee and oatmeal breakfasts the Titan kettle gets the job done. However, if you’re a more versatile camp cook, this is not your “all in one” pot. Anything other than water and ramen noodles might call for a wider / shorter pot.
Weighing in at a mere 4.2 ounces, the Titanium pot earns its worth by being truly ultralight. The kettle goes unnoticed, as far as weight in your pack.