OWNER REVIEW Snow Peak Trek 700
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Owner Review: Snow Peak Trek 700 Solo Cookset
May 2, 2006
Name: Jeremy Anderson
Height: 5ft. 5 in. (1.65 m)
Weight: 160 lb. (73 kg)
Email address: jpanderson80 at gmail dot com
Base Camp: Memphis, Tennessee U.S.
Background: I began backpacking with Scouts, continuing regularly
during and after college. I have hiked in varying terrains: alpine,
desert, rugged mountain, and deciduous forests. I consider myself a
3-season backpacker, since this area of the country only experiences
mild winters. I do consider myself a lightweight hiker, but not an
extreme ultra-light. I have had the joy of guiding adventures
part-time with teens and/or adults over the past several years and
look forward to many more.
Manufacturer: Snow Peak
Year of manufacture: 2006
Listed weight: 4.7 oz. (135 g)
Weight as delivered: 4.7 oz. (135 g)
Height: 4.5 in. (114 mm)
Width: 4.125 in. (105 mm)
Capacity: 23.7 oz. (700mL)
Description: The Trek 700 is a titanium solo cup featuring two
handles that each fold back against the wall of the cup. The cup
comes in a small, mesh draw-string bag that keeps the cup and lid
together neatly. The cup features gradient measurements readable from
the inside of the cup, both in imperial and metric measurements up to
16 oz. and .5 L. The cup also features a unique lid. The lid has
three features: a slot for draining liquid, two small hooks for
holding the lid snuggly in place, and a larger hook that can be used
to let the lid hang from the lip of the cup to keep it off the ground.
Location and Conditions: The cup has been tested multiple times,
recently in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The terrain was mainly deciduous
forests with rocky soil at established camps. Temperatures ranged
from 35°F (1.7C) to 75°F (25C) with elevations ranging up to 2320 ft.
Use: The cup was used with a Snow Peak Giga Stove. I cooked oatmeal,
eggs, easy mac & cheese, ramen noodles, soup mix, noodle mixes, and
lots of tea. The cup also came in very handy serving as a measuring
cup for the group.
Summary: The titanium cup heats evenly and smoothly because of its
rounded corners and thin material. I found that as advertised, the
Trek 700, along with Snow Peak's small canister and stove, makes a
nice all-in-one, nesting cookset.
The lid fits snuggly thanks to a rounded lip on the cup, adding
strength and security to the lid's fit. The lid will gently rattle to
signal that water is boiling. Using the lid's drain slot does take
careful attention. Notice in the above photo on the right, the two
small hooks that slip over on the lip of the cup. These work well to
keep the lid from sliding, but pressure must be adequately applied
while draining, or dinner can easily spill. This seems
straightforward, but the lid is titanium as well, so it heats up
quickly, making it hot to the touch after boiling water. I use a
bandana on my hand for insulation, applying pressure to the lid and
have not had a problem. The large hook is awkward. It comes in handy
when trying to keep the lid off the forest floor, but makes the lid
awkward to store sticking up above the rest of the cup.
The cup's capacity serves me very well. I have no problem cooking a
pack of ramen with room to spare. Another point of interest is the
cup is not so large that dinner cools off before it's eaten. With
tea, reheating the last few sips was a breeze simply hold the cup
over the flame for a few seconds.
The gradient measurements are easy to use and come in very handy
around the kitchen. This feature was very useful when cooking for a
group. We needed to dispense soup evenly from a large pot, so we used
the cup as a ladle. The measurements worked perfectly for the job.
The sheer width of the cup does allow for easy cleaning. I can get me
hand down into the cup for cleaning without any problems. I have had
only one issue with cleaning the bottom of the cup. It took a
moderate amount of work to get the inside looking new after I managed
to forget that I was cooking eggs and burnt the bottom. Other than
that mistake, I have no issues to report concerning food actually
sticking to the cup.
The cup's handles do heat during cook time, but also cool down quickly
enough that they can be gripped within seconds. They also fold back
away from one another and store sleekly against the wall of the cup.
I have never experienced a problem with the handles being in the way,
too small, or not strong enough to support the cup and its contents.
The Trek 700 serves great as a solo cookset. Eating straight from the
cup makes meals simple and clean-up easy. The light weight, yet
strong titanium is a perfect combination for the lightweight backpacker.
Things I like:
Titanium weight and strength
Folding handles easy move out of the way for storage
Things I dislike:
Titanium's cost compared to steel or aluminum
Large hook on the lid is awkward to use and appears unnecessary
Cup is not insulated
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