Tuesday, 29 June 2010

"We'll not risk another frontal assault. That rabbit's dynamite!" - Evernew Titanium Pasta Pot review

The quest for the Holy Grail. The perfect Chalice. There have been may pretenders but this one might be as close as you can get. This is the Evernew Pasta Pot Small, a 700ml capacity 'solo' sized titanium cooking pot/mug. Big enough to swallow a 110 gas canister, or my Four Dog Bushcooker LT1, it weighs in at a scant 95g.

Evernew pots are made in Japan to very high specifications. Evernew claim "We use TP35C JIS Ver.2 sheet metal Titanium, which is currently the best material in the world" which allows them to use a material just 0.3mm thick. Cold press construction leaves the material stronger and the finish smoother than the competition. The Pasta Pots are different from the rest of the Evernew Ultralight range in that they incorporate a 'strainer' into the lid, which is a very neat addition if you're cooking basic pasta or Ramen-style noodles in your pot.

Robin prefers the the long, narrow handles on his Evernew 640 pot but I much prefer the more mug-like folding handles on the Pasta Pot, especially on trips when this will be both my pot and mug. The Evernew pot handles are covered in a heat resistant silicone tubing. Time will tell if they cope with unruly flaming wood fires as easily as they cope with the more controlled flame spread of canister stoves.

The attention to detail really sets these pots apart from much of the competition. The Pasta Pot has a few features that should be standard on all cooking pots, in my opinion. Volume markings really help when preparing meals. Too much water and it's easy to turn your freezer bag meal into unpalatable gelatinous gloop.

A spout helps too. I like having spouts on a cooking pot. My MSR Titan Kettle has one. Pouring boiling water into a freezer bag or your kuksa is less of a gamble. Much less chance of pouring it into your lap.

The Pasta Pot also has a 'positive' lid, meaning that it doesn't just sit on top of the pot but snugs down nicely with the tiniest amount of pressure thanks to a simple roll of the titanium around the spout portion of the lid. That also stops it rattling around in your pack all day. The pot arrived clean too, without the metal dust and fingerprints that have been evident on other pots I've bought in the past.

So Evernew pots manage to be built to a higher standard, combine more features and weigh less than much of the competition. Who knows how Evernew does it. We, the consumers, are the winners here. I've finally found a pot that manages to combine all the features from various other pots into one, light, well-made chalice. My quest is over. Highly recommended.

"Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin' right up!"

17 comments:

Hendrik Morkel said...

I'd like one for my Bushcooker LT3 - kthxbye.

Well, I fondled the 1l pot in Stockholm which probably would fit for my BBU, and I think I just might get one for it - the Tibetian Titanium could then be retired and make place for this superior model - markings, spout, integrated holes for pouring out water = Epic win.

Maz said...

Nice - I like that. I've just bought an MSR Titan Kettle which, at 113g, is no too much over that but it could do with rubber handles...

Joe Newton said...

Hendrik - Yep, a really big version of this would be great for the LT3. I hope the 1L version fits the BBU! The Tibetan pots are ok but for almost the same money you can get a pot that has more features and a much better finish. It's a no-brainer.

Maz - the Titan kettle is a great pot, I've had one for a few years. The lid and spout are fantastic. The shape is nice too but not perfect for certain stoves. If MSR made a slightly larger version it would be a great pot for the BushBuddy Ultra. It also needs volume markings in my opinion.

blogpackinglight said...

Very nice as well! My pot is 6g lighter though ;)

Jörgen Johansson said...

Nice. Maybe I was too quick with the Titan Tea kettle. Is the 95 grams including the lid? How much does the lid weigh?

Joe Newton said...

Robin - right, that's it! I'm drilling some holes in mine to make it lighter! ;)

Jorgen - the pot and lid actually weigh 94g together (I just double checked). The pot on it's own is 75g.

kate said...

lid! i thought that's what foil was for!
...does look very pleasing though.

David said...

Just when I nearly decided on my new pot, along comes this... think my mind has changed again... Will the Evernew DX Stand fit inside this?

Joe Newton said...

Kate - yeah, I've not taken that step yet. And I call myself an ultralighter! Ha!

David - just checked for you, yes, the DX stand fits easily inside.

David said...

excellent, cheers for that...

Mark Roberts said...

I was just in REI and was surprised to see one of these being sold under their brand:

http://www.rei.com/product/797871

It even had 'Evernew' printed on the bottom.

Shame I just bought a Snow Peak 900, but bar the spout, it's essentially the same so I'll make do.

Maz said...

Volume markings on the Titan would be excellent. Anyone know if there is some coating on the Titan that would be damaged if I etched markings on mine (thus also reducing the weight by 0.001g)...?

Joe Newton said...

Mark - well spotted. It does appear true that despite the vast array of companies producing pots that there are just a handful of factories actually churning them out.

Maz - I don't think there is a coating on the MSR pot, I actually scratched a couple of rough volume markings on mine.

ozwalk said...

There is a rough and ready way to mark your ti pot. I used a straight bladed screw driver and a hammer to mark 100ml intervals on my MSR kettle. It doesn't seem to have damaged it at all.

Mark the points where you want an indent. Place a block of wood in the kettle to cushion the blow. Place the screwdriver blade where you want the mark and hit quite hard. You will be suprised by the amount of force you need to apply. If you have a set of metal punches you could even add numbers.

Joe Newton said...

Ozwalk - that's a good tip for those with unmarked pots. Thanks for sharing.

Trenthamwalker said...

Hi,Very interesting report-please could you let me know where you purchased it from?Thanks

Joe Newton said...

Trenthamwalker - I had trouble sourcing one on this side of the Atlantic so Got mine from America:

http://www.ultralightdesigns.com/index.html