Sunday, February 3, 2013

Product Review: Solo Pot 900

I talked about the Solo Pot 900 awhile back. After some more use I feel familiar enough with the Solo Pot 900 to do a review. While the Solo Pot 900 is made to nest with and generally fit the Solo Stove it is an outstanding product in it's own right. So without further rambling we will get to the usual format.

The Good: It nests with the Solo Stove really making a great combination. The fit and finish are excellent. Also attention to detail is evident in small features like the pouring spout and the pot lid that is easy to grab with a stick, spoon or multi tool. The measurements on the side are a really nice touch.The Solo Pot 900 is just the right size for most 1-2 person simple outdoor type meals which is really useful.

The Bad: The handle on the stove absorbs/ retains heat. I like this fold out style better than the long fold out ones as it is much more stable and easier to pour from but it gets hot. To grab it after cooking you need to use a leather glove or a wadded up rag or something. Not a deal maker for me but sort of annoying.

If I could make a change for the hypothetical Solo Pot 900 V2 it would be a small bale that could be grabbed with a notched stick or multi tool.

The Ugly: Nothing, it's a great product.

Overall Assessment: I consider this product a solid buy. The Solo Pot 900 equals or beats out the common competition. It has a place in my BOB with a solo stove nested inside of it even though there are a variety of other options in the inventory. You will not be disappointed with a Solo Stove and Pot.

4 comments:

Aesop said...

Based on your experiences and reviews, ths Solo Stove & pot are on my Future Acquisition List. I looks superior to the artsy-fartsy uber-expensive backpacker/treehugger gear at the top-end camping and hiking stores.

FWIW, check either the local cooking stores, or the online equivalent, and see if you can't find something silicone that would wrap the bail handle(s) enough to be able to handle them without gloves. It's the same stuff they make a lot of plastic-ish kitchen gadgetry from, because it doesn't melt at normal cooking temps.

There may also be an alternative from automotive or hardware venues as far as some kind of high-temp wrap, tape, or what have you, that would allow minimal bulk and maximum insulation.

If I run across anysuch in my travels, I'll let you know, if the rest of the peanut gallery doesn't already have this answer long before I ever find it.

Ryan said...

Something I could wrap the handles in could work. Not willing to put a lot of energy into it. Really isn't a big deal to grab a glove or a wadded up cotton t shirt.

Anonymous said...

Just watch out if you use a bandanna, especially a funky one. I once lit one up from fire when an edge stopped on top of a hot coal - my brother laughed his ass off while I got it unwrapped from my hand - Ahole! Okay, I guess it was funny and no animals were hurt when making this film.

Thanks for the review, I'm going to check it out. I have the obligatory Zebra pot and a couple of the oval shaped Swedish Trangia pot / stove kits. Incidentally, the Trangias have a 'd' metal handle loop for inserting stick and holding in flames - you might investigate that, it might work on that pot.

Archer Garrett said...

Rabble Rabble from the peanut gallery! (sorry - Aesop started it!)

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