Snow Peak Hybrid Trail Cookset Review
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The Hybrid Trail Cookset from snow peak is an extremely light weight and durable titanium cookset made for backpacking. It has pretty much everything a camper needs to consume food on the trail: a pot and pan, a silicone bowl, and a mini spork. I really enjoyed reviewing the cookset and will be using it on my future backpacking trips; read on to find out why.
The first thing that strikes you when you take the Hybrid Trail Cookset out of the box is the incredible weight or lack there of. The pot and pan, bowl, and spork total 7.9 oz! Titanium alloy is really one of the best materials to bring to the backpacking world because of its low weight and nearly indestructibility. By using titanium, snow peak was able to make a very thin pot and pan that will still be able to take a beating. I really liked how the bowl nests inside the pot and the pan caps off the set on top, making a compact package. You can fit a backpacking stove like the snow peak Gigapower or a canister of fuel inside the set.
Because of the capacity, the Hybrid Trail Cookset is probably best as a solo cooking set or for people who don’t mind cooking portions separately. The pot has a capacity of 26 fl oz while the pan has 14 fl oz. This is enough to boil water for about a serving and a half and the pan can only hold two eggs if squeezed in.
To test the cooking performance of the Hybrid Trail Cookset, I filled it with water and tested the boiling time with my snow peak Gigapower Stove. The 25 oz’s of water hit boiling at 3 min. 28 seconds, which is plenty fast for me. The extremely thin construction of the titanium pot and pan allow for very quick and efficient heat transfer. However, the thinness can also be a bit of a downside because it isn’t as even of a heat spread as a thicker metal would provide. This is definitely one of the tradeoffs with lightweight titanium cookware. I cooked up a few pieces of bacon in the pan/ lid and was happy with the results.
As far as cleaning goes, there was a caked on residue from the bacon cooking that took a bit of work to remove. Because the titanium is not treated with any non-stick surface, a little bit of elbow grease is required for cleaning. I filled the pan with water, boiled it, and then used a mini scraper from GSI Outdoors to scrape off the carbon residue.
I would have been quite satisfied with just the pot and pan set but snow peak includes a silicone bowl that serves multiple purposes. The bowl nests neatly inside the pot and is capable of withstanding very high heat up to 400 degrees. It can be used as a bowl or cup depending on how you handle it and it always returns to its original shape. It is food-grade silicone and cleans really easily.
Finally, the set comes with a titanium mini-spork that I absolutely loved. To be honest, all you really need for backpacking food consumption is a good spork and this extremely light-weight and durable one does a perfect job.
Overall, I found the Hybrid Trail Cookset from snow peak to be a great lightweight backpacking cookset. It will definitely be in my pack for most trips and I recommend checking it out yourself. For more information on the Hybrid Trail Cookset and other Snow Peak gear, please visit www.snowpeak.com.