I'm no backcountry gourmet. I carry a pretty simple mess kit and usually just boil water but still appreciate innovative cooking gear design (what kind of gear addict would I be if I didn't?). So many of the new designs in pots or accessories that are hyped up by marketers these days are just rehashed ideas from the past and don't really contribute to the evolution of lightweight backpacking. They all look the same and are marketed to solve problems we don't have while not solving problems we do have. It's been hard for me to get excited about a lot of the new cooking gear coming out recently until I met the Pot Pal.
Aside from being one of the most innovative designs I've seen in backpacking accessories in a long time, The Pot Pal is a true multi-use item that can help you drop weight while increasing convenience (rather than sacrificing it). Here are some of the many hats it can wear in your backcountry kitchen:
- Stuff Sack
- Pot Cozy
- Kitchen Organizer
- Pot Grabber
In the meantime, here's an initial review from Sarah Kirkconnell over at Trail Cooking & the Outdoors.