Sea to Summit X-Pot
|Price:||$37.39 - $79.95|
- Lightweight and durable aircraft grade, hard anodized aluminum base
- Food grade, heat resistant silicone walls
- Translucent lid gives visibility to what's cooking and has a handy built in strainer
- Two ribbed silicone handles lock onto the lid to secure the X-Pot during transport
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Cooking pots can be the most bulky and awkward items to fit into your pack. The three sizes of X-Pots are collapsible, fully featured cooking pots that combine the heat-distribution of aluminum with the flexibility of silicone. The hard anodized aluminum base offers a fast boil time and the stainless steel ring embedded in the rim turns the silicone walls into an exceptionally rigid structure for easy lifting and stirring. Of course, the beauty of the X-Pots is their ability to be packed neatly with other X products nested inside, such as X-Mugs and X-Bowls.
Top Customer Reviews
I have a cheap tiny propane burner - on low to medium the flames touch just in the center of the pot. I recently got a ceramic butane stove that works wonders with this - the flames are centralized to a 5 inch ceramic disc with no flame leaks. This protects the silicone from excessive heat and efficiently transfers heat from the aluminum base into the water.
Boil time using my ceramic heater is 7 minutes to a boil at maximum capacity. I use it just to heat up water to drink or hot dogs. I haven't drunk water boiled in the silicone by itself, but have added it to tea and hot cocoa so far and haven't noticed any weird taste effects.
After letting it cool, I merely rinse it off with water and a bit of soap, let it dry and collapse it again for storage. I also have the X-Bowl (but not the cup) that nestles inside, but it does shake around a little bit so I pad it with paper towels that I use for cleaning the unit. The unit is light, but do be careful of dropping it, the aluminum can dent, which will put stress when heating up and eventually wear through.
The plastic lid is good for straining YES, however too much exposure to heat will cause it to grow brittle and eventually crack. I would AVOID straining with it to guarantee longevity. And make sure you do not lock the clasps when boiling, you will cause the silicone to deform and potentially make the whole thing explode from pressure.
That said, I'm very happy with this unit.
One thing to note - Sea to Summit does stand by its products. I e-mailed support a few weeks back saying that there was a leak in my unit (turns out I was just stupid) and they said they would send me a replacement free of charge, all I had to do was provide photos of the leak. (Turns out water was dripping from one of the handles from the way I poured water into the unit, and was slowly dripping down from the sides causing the residue). So buy with full confidence that they'll take care of you in the case of any issues.