Matt Eaton heads bush with the new range of Sea to Summit Alpha Pots.
"The first thing you notice when you pick these guys up is how light and thin they feel. When I first touched it I thought it was titanium but it's still just hard anodised aluminium.
Recent prices of titanium have gone through the roof and pots that used to sell for around $100 are now going for more than twice that so I can see why Sea To Summit didn't use titanium, but the walls on these pots don't flex like other alloy pots this thin.
Apparently I am told this is because of the grade of alloy but also the extra thick hard anodising. This also helps with the durability and ease of cleaning. By the way, there is a heap of texture on the bottom to stop the pot slipping on your cooker.
Once you've held them for a minute and you get over the weight and texture you realise all these little attentions to detail. By far the most important is that pivot handle.
A new patent design has the handle swivels/rotates to deploy or pack away and it locks tight in either position. It cannot collapse on you when using it which is a hugely welcomed feature if you're used to using those simple swing handles. Secondly is that it locks in when packed away also locking the lid on. It means you can store a bunch of stuff inside and fit it where you want.
The lid also has two little features worth noting. Strainers aren't new but this one has a standard strainer on one side for straining things like pasta and a pourer on the other for pouring into a cup or thermos. The second patented feature you're gunna love is what Sea To Summit call their LID KEEP.
The inside of the middle rubber handle is designed in a way that it can hang on the edge of your pot. No more looking for a clean patch of grass to put your super hot lid while stirring or adding ingredients.
These things haven't been out for too long and I'm looking for a chance to run them through their paces but from the outset, like titanium, it appears you don't have to sacrifice durability for weight.
They feel super tough even though they're so light. The range covers anyone from a solo 1.2 litre weekend pot to lightweight expedition cookware or larger group use with a 3.7 litre option. As you'd probably expect, there's a whole "Alpha" modular range of pots, bowls, cups, plates etc. that is all designed to work and pack together so if you need options, they're there."
Alpha Pot 1.2L – RRP: $59.95/Weight: 187gm
Alpha Pot 1.9L – RRP: $62.95/Weight: 230gm
Alpha Pot 2.7L – RRP: $69.95/Weight: 282gm
Alpha Pot 3.7L – RRP: $79.95/Weight: 337gm
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