Owner Review MSR Titan Cup Ray Estrella
- Well instead of going hiking this weekend I get to take care of my
sister's dog that just had major surgery, a young raven with a
broken foot, 5 fish tanks and a cat that thank god is independant. I
have read the latest Backpacker, a novel and vevything in the test
folders. I have watched 3 movies and am bored as heck. So how about
another OR. Are you getting sick of me?
Thge HTML is here; http://tinyurl.com/ptkof
I know that one measurement is missing and the completion of one
sentance. That will get in as soon as I can get back to the office.
MSR Titan Ti Cup
June 23, 2006
Name: Raymond Estrella
Height: 6' 3" (193 cm)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Email address: rayestrella@...
City: Huntington Beach
Backpacking Background: I have been hiking for over 30 years, all
over the state of California. I have also hiked in Washington,
Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona, and Idaho. I hike year-round, mostly in
the Sierra Nevada, and have put 148 miles (238 km) with a pack on my
back so far this year. As I start my 4th decade of backpacking I am
making the move to lightweight gear, and smaller packs.
Manufacturer: Mountain Safety Research, Inc. (MSR)
Web site: www.msrcorp.com
Product: Titan Cup
Year manufactured: 2004
MSRP: $29.95 (US)
Capacity listed: 0.4 l (13.5 fl oz) Actual capacity (to brim)
measured 14 fl oz (0.41 l)
Weight listed: 1.9 oz (54 g) Actual weight: 2 oz (57 g)
Height measured: 3.3 in (84 mm)
Diameter measured: 3.2 in (81 mm)
The Titan Cup is a compact titanium cup aimed at the gram-counting
Ultra-Light crowd. It is gray in color. The same as the skin on an F-
18 fighter, and I like to think helps me hike as fast. (I wish.)
It consists of a cylindrical body made of, that's right, titanium.
It has two body-hugging bent wire handles that fold to the sides to
keep its svelte shape when not needed. When deployed for use they
stick out from the side of the cup 0.0 in ( mm). The handles are
held on by a plate that is spot welded to the body of the cup. (See
At the top of the cup is a rolled lip to minimize the occurrence of
burned lips when imbibing hot liquids. On the bottom are a couple of
stampings. One of the MSR logo and the other
This cup has been on many trips above 14,000' (4,267 m) in the
Sierra Nevada and White ranges, and has been well below sea level
twice in Death Valley. It has been used on frigid 17 F (-8 C)
mornings on the John Muir Trail, and on trips that saw highs to 118
F (48 C) in the Kern canyon. I have carried it on about 600 miles
(966 km) of trails in the past two years. It has seen use in every
park and forest in the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite down to Domeland.
I bought this cup in 2004 as part of my weight reduction gear-
overhaul that was started in 2003. I had been carrying a REI thermos
mug for about 15 years, and still do in the winter. The fact that
it would shave two thirds of the (cup) weight from my load was very
attractive to me. (All right it was just an excuse to get something
new, gaah )
I liked it from the start. It was immediately apparent that it does
convey heat to the lip much better than my thermos mug or GSI lexan
cup do, regardless of the rolled lip. I am now very careful of that
first sip in the morning.
On one of my first trips with it I bent it a bit out of round. I
have always known how strong titanium is. (My father is a ME for
Lockheed Martin.) I did not factor in the gauge of the metal though.
It was no big deal, I was able to squeeze it back into to shape with
MSR suggests that the cup can be nestled into the Titan Kettle to
help with space issues. I have in fact purchased the Kettle since
using the cup, but keep my Optimus Crux stove and fuel canister in
it. (See review.) Instead I keep the cup with my food supplies. I
pack the cup tightly with things like oatmeal, Gookinaid and coffee
and cider packets to both take up the space inside it and give it
I did add two marks inside of the cup to be able to use it as a
measuring cup; they can be seen in the picture above. I put them at
4 and 8 oz (118 and 237 ml). I think that the only thing that I
would do differently about this cup is to give it some pressed in
indentations at common measuring units. It would not add any weight,
and would greatly increase its usability in my opinion.
I have used it directly on the stove only once. It was hard to keep
the flame low enough to stay in contact with the cup, and not be
wasting itself blasting past the sides. The handle got very hot
needless to say.
In conclusion I have to say that I really like this cup. What would
make me I say I love it? Give it measuring marks, and increase the
size to an even 16 oz (473 ml) at the brim. (Most freeze-dried meals
take that for reconstituting.) Until then I will keep my Titan cup
with me on most of my hikes.
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- Hi Ray,
A few typos & corrections to fix and then you're good to upload it
to BGT at its permanent home:
Accessories/MSR Titan Cup/
You know the drill, make sure it's uploaded as an "Owner Review" and
that the manufacturer's URL is clickable.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "rayestrella1"
> Capacity listed: 0.4 l (13.5 fl oz) Actual capacity (to brim)### I suggest using "L" for the liters abbreviation. It's difficult
to tell that it's .4 L vs. .41 in the HTML version.
> measured 14 fl oz (0.41 l)### Suggest "L"
> keep its svelte shape when not needed. When deployed for use they### These are the missing measurements?
> stick out from the side of the cup 0.0 in ( mm). The handles are
> burned lips when imbibing hot liquids. On the bottom are a coupleof
> stampings. One of the MSR logo and the other### And the other what?
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "colonelcorn76"
> Hi Ray,
> A few typos & corrections to fix and then you're good to upload it
It is fixed, checked and uploaded. Thank you very much for your help.
(I will remember that "L" in the future.)