Gear Review: Evernew Titanium Non-Stick DX3 Cooking Set
Gear Type – Pan/Pot Combination
Volume – 1.3 L/43 floz (Pot) & 650 mL/22 floz (Pan)
Trail Weight – About 8.1 oz
Includes – Pot, pan, silicone-coated removable handles, nylon drawstring carry-bag
Materials – Titanium, with silicone ceramic non-stick coating
Additional Specs – Evernew America
Titanium. The word itself sounds impressive. When it comes to cookwear for backpacking, titanium is considered the height of ultra-light, and for good reason. Not only is it exceptionally low-weight, it’s also extremely strong and durable.
We ordered our Evernew pot from Antigravity Gear, and the price was fairly reasonable (com paired to titanium sets in local stores) but it’s definitely pricier than aluminum alternatives.
This pot accompanies us on every single trip, and although we’ve beat the shit out of it, it’s still in great shape. I vastly prefer the silicone ceramic non-stick coating to teflon, and although stuff *does* stick, if you burn it on there, the coating makes it WAY easier to clean.
Speaking of cleaning, I would recommend taking along a small non-abrasive scrubbing pad for washing it out, instead of using sand and water like I usually do (yeah, like I said, we are hard on our gear).
I’ve baked in this pot, boiled water in it, fried up fish in the pan, which also serves as a lid, and is AWESOME in that way. I’ve made everything from “breakfast in a pot” to turkey dumpling soup. We’ve scratched it, dropped it, thown it in the fire, and just about everything else you’d expect cookwear to endure. It’s still one of my most treasured pieces of gear.
It’s light, you can fit a lot of things inside of it (scrubby, pot holder, lighters, fuel canisters, etc. all get packed inside this thing) and it holds enough water for two large cups of coffee, re-hydrating two packaged meals, or cooking up two portions of whatever we are having, making it perfect for Mike and I. The measuring marks on the side are awesome (the middle line marks two cups of water, and the top line marks 4 cups) because I don’t usually take a measuring cup and when you’re adding water to food, it makes it easier.
We ditched the included handles early on (they easily come off and on) in favor of our aluminum pot holder. That’s mostly because I was worried about melting off the silicone insulators when I throw it in the coals to bake something (which is all the time). We carry the pot holder for the GSI cups anyway, so it seemed kind of redunant to have a pot holder and then pots with handles. That’s just personal preference though. You can easily remove the handles just for baking, and then put them back on when you are done. They are definitely sturdy, and I have no criticism of their design or function. Like I said, it was purely personal preferance.
The 1.3L is the ideal size for two people, although we’ve used it for up to four people, and it’s not too bad if you plan accordingly. Usually we just have to boil water twice.
This pot isn’t too broad for backpacking stoves (we use it with our MSR PocketRocket with no trouble at all) and it conducts heat fairly evenly, although when you’re using it on a small stove of course there will be hot spots. This can be easily remidied with something like the Scorch Buster (I’ve never tried one, when I need to avoid burning things I use a fire/coals instead). Because the titanium is so thin, and conducts heat very well, it’s efficient for boiling water, and won’t eat up all your fuel in the process.
After many trips, and plenty of abuse, the pan/lid still fits onto the pot (which was a concern of mine, because the walls are so thin, I feared they would warp immediately) and both pieces continue to work exceptionally well. Although titanium is an investment, I don’t think I would ever buy cookware made from anything else. While I am a bit of a brand snob, I’m currently considering a 4-piece Snow Peak set for our next pot/pan investment, just to try something different and see how it measures up to Evernew.
If you’re going to buy just one pot for backpacking, this is the best bang for your buck. It will last you for ages, like good cookware should, and it’s definitely worth the initial investment. The 1.3L is the most popular size, due to it’s versatility, but if you want something bigger or smaller, there are plenty of options.