This is the best thing going for boiling water on the trail - the primary lead-up to dining on anything other than snacks or sandwiches. Whether for adding boiling water to a pre-packaged freeze-dried mix or for coffee or tea, renting this versatile "kettle" gets the job done. Featherweight at 4.2 ounces, this titanium large cup/small pot/mug holds 3 cups of liquid, and readily conducts heat to the water for a fast boil. This size is adequate for most trail applications - most mixes are looking for anywhere from 1-2 cups, so it's perfect for that. The standard fuel canister for the backpacking stove we rent nests inside the kettle for maximum space efficiency. The lid fits like a tight glove, and will not fall off when pouring. The kettle has two folding handles that remain fairly cool for handling.
But, this is not the pot to rent if you plan on cooking inside of it - say scrambled eggs, cheesy things or anything else that might stick. Uncoated titanium is great for a fast water boil, but it's a bear to get the gunky stuff off of it. For that kind of cooking, use our less-sticky cooking set options. Also, these aren't designed for cooking over an open flame - it won't hurt it, but it takes forever to clean; you won't want to and if we are stuck doing it, we charge a $10 fee to clean creosote/heavy soot off of pots and pans. For maximum flexibility, rent different types of pots and pans; especially handy if there are several in your group.
You can normally meet the needs of two hikers with one stove and one pot; any more than that and the waiting times start to become a problem. If you plan on car-camping and have a larger group to cook for, consider renting the two-burner base camp stove instead.
As an alternative to a second pot, take along a small plastic bowl or other container for holding any mixes and the boiling water and eat straight from the plastic container after mixing.
For more information, read one of our articles on cooking in the woods, preparation tips and eating right while on the trail. For some third-party user reviews of this and other gear we rent and sell, visit our backpacking and camping user gear review page.