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Looks great. Detachable handle. Bottom is too thin. Scratched out of box.
on June 23, 2016
I'll start off by saying this thing looks great. I love the grey and orange combo, and the handle is detachable so you won't burn the handle if you wish to put it close to the fire. The item seems to be very sturdy except for the bottom, which is terrible.
I just took it out of the box, and it made a tearing/popping noise while feeling it up for integrity; if the sound was micro tears in the aluminum, that's pretty much exposing the user to a lot more aluminum than expected, and defeating the main purpose of anodized aluminum, that is to have a thicker outer layer of non-reactive oxidized aluminum. There are scratches around the rim where the lid rests, which is absolutely unacceptable for a brand new product.
The tea kettle has a chalkboard like feel to touch, in a bad way, and it left a sticky residue on my finders after handling it. After washing it, is wasn't as bad but still seemed to be sticky around the rim. The bottom was bent slightly; enough to pop in and out when pressed gently, leading me to believe it was previously used, defective, or just a bad product. I've used cheapo, don't-care-if-get-stepped-on pots that were more sturdy than this one, granted they didn't look as nice.
It was smaller than I expected, but just fine for boiling water, which is seemed to do in a typical amount of time for any pot with the same amount of water. If it had cost $5 I would keep it, because it is convenient and you can boil water in it. Heck, I'd probably pay $10 for it because it looks great, but for $25 the quality is atrocious.
My search for a nice camping kettle begins again... if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.