Sorry for the delay on my Field Report. I have made it through a rough few
weeks and am setting into another few busy weeks... I look forward to your
edits and to the next 2 months of this test. This is a nice little kettle.
My test report is in the test folder: http://tinyurl.com/aj8twls,
text version is below.
Field Locations and Conditions:
2 night car camping trip to Stillwater Resevoir in the Western Adirondacks.
Conditions: between 50 and 65 F (10 to 18 C), sunny and dry.
3 hiking/snowshoeing day trips near Ithaca, New York where the kettle was
used for hot drinks at lunch. Conditions included rain, snow, sun, wind,
with temperatures between 20 F and 60 F (-7 to 16 C)
Performance in the Field:
I am not a coffee drinker, nor do I usually use rehydrated meals when I am
on the trail, but I do seriously love peppermint tea in the morning, at
lunch, and before bed. I have been searching for a nice little teapot for a
while but could never quite justify buying one and packing the extra weight
since I could easily heat water in my pot. But I have found that when I
would really like to make hot drinks, there is usually food in my pot
(either ready to be eaten, or cooking), and that I really do need to carry
along something extra to use for heating water since it is such an
important part of my happiness on the trail.
For this purpose I have been thoroughly impressed by the GSI Glacier
Kettle. It is a sturdy kettle that has held up well to the abuses of trail
use. The handle is very nicely designed. It clicks fairly securely into
place, but is easy to move out of the way if the kettle is sitting on a
surface. So far in this test I have only used the tea kettle over my
homemade alcohol stove. I have found that the water boils swiftly, the
handle stays cool enough to pick up with my bare hands, and that even
excitedly boiling water pours smoothly out of the kettle. I have not had a
need to remove the lid while the kettle is on the stove or is hot, so I
cannot speak to the difficulty of removing the lid, but testing it while
cool I notice that the loop on the lid is small and if the lid is lifted
straight up, then it catches on the handle (possible a design feature to
prevent the lid from falling off while pouring). Either way, I generally
don't need to remove the lid while the kettle is hot, and have not had the
lid fall off during use yet.
My alcohol stove has left a patina (brownish tint) on the bottom that is
not removed by simple washing, but also does not rub off onto me or other
gear. It does not show any signs of damage from being packed with my
camping gear or in my day pack, and is sturdy enough to not need special
care during packing. I really like the stainless steel because it is easy
to care for, durable, and shiny. With my non-stick pots I always worry
about denting them in my pack or scratching them with what I put inside,
and it is nice to just not have to worry about any of these things with
* Sturdy Construction
* Handle locks up but is easy to put down when needed
* Pours well without any drips
* Handle stays cool
* Cleans up well
* Nothing so far
The GSI Glacier Kettle (hereafter the "kettle or the "tea kettle") has been
very fun to test. It has performed beautifully and convinced me that a tea
kettle is in fact an important enough piece of gear to be worth the weight
in my pack. In the next phase of my testing I will find opportunities to
test the kettle with a backpacking wood stove, a white gas stove, and over
an open fire. Please check back in late March for my long term report.
Thank you to GSI Outdoors and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to
test the GSI Glacier Kettle.
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