In preparing for more backpack camping during the 2019 season I needed a cook set that was a little less substantial than my existing GSI kit. Switching over to backpacking meant more Mountain House and coffee and less cooking rice and adding canned food to the mix. The Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo kit seemed to fit the bill as a lightweight alternative to my bulky car camping equipment.
What’s in the box?
- Stuff Sack
The Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo doesn’t have much for features, it doesn’t have to. It’s extremely light weight, clocking in at 5.5 ounces for the entire kit. The lightness of weight given to it being made entirely of titanium other than the small amount of silicone to keep you from scorching yourself on the top of the lid. The lid fits both the cup and the larger pot, as can be expected, and all pieces nest together nicely.
The pot holds 30 fluid ounces of liquid and the cup will hold 18.3 ounces. I find that’s enough — thereabouts — for two packages of your favorite backpacking food from the pot and enough for a double dose of whatever hot beverage you enjoy from the cup.
The handles on both of the cup and pot fold out like butterfly wings and should be folded out prior to heating. They do get somewhat warm during a boil so my recommendation would be to have some gloves or something else handy to pull the pot off the fire when your water is done.
The pot itself is wide enough to hold 2 110g fuel canister or one canister and a Snow Peak Gigapower stove. I find that it holds one canister and my MSR Pocket Rocket just fine. If you fold down the tab and stow the lid at the bottom of the assembly the pot is also wide enough to slip a Nalgene into for packing.
If you have a stove that does not fit the pot I’d recommend bringing one canister and packing a pair of socks at the top of your dry pot. That keeps the fuel from rattling around when you’re on the trail.
The Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo is overall a pricey unit that is basically for boiling water for one. Lightweight gear costs money, and the MSRP of this unit is around $80. It rarely goes on sale, but saving one of your REI member coupons will take some bite out of that cost. Mine comes with me on every backpacking trip. It’s so light you’ll hardly recognize it’s there.