Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Pot Pal - Multi-use Stuff Sack

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
  • Trivet
  • Pot Grabber
  • Towel
  • Pillow?
Can your stuff sack do that?  Oh yeah, if you're a crazy Aussie (like the Pot Pal's inventors at Soul Trampers), you can also wear it as a hat (see the video).  Video review from me on the way...

In the meantime, here's an initial review from Sarah Kirkconnell over at Trail Cooking & the Outdoors.







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3 comments:

EQUIPnTRIP said...

Nice find Jason. I haven't seen the Pot Pal in stores in Oz yet but I mustn't be looking hard enough as the Pot Pal website shows they are available in a number of stores.

I look forward to your review video.

We're not all crazy Aussies ..... are we? Okay, maybe just a little:-)

Allan McDonald @
EQUIPnTRIP

traversejapan said...

Maybe I should resize by aluminum bubble wrap pot cozy to function as a hat as well...give it a sweet chin strap.

Jason Klass said...

traversejapan,
Great idea. The aluminum will also block the alien signals trying to infiltrate you brainwaves! That's multi-use to the extreme! ;)