Gear Review: Vargo Titanium BOT
Vargo has created quite a name for themselves in the hiking and specifically ultra light community. For good reason. This product being one of them. Named the Titanium BOT because it’s half bottle and half pot. I have yet to find any other bottle or pot that can back up the same claim. This allows you to stop carrying a water bottle and a cooking pot at the same time.
Circumstances of review:
I used the Titanium BOT as much as possible the past few months. Daily water carrying and also out while hiking and camping for about 5 months now. I’ve dropped it several times without any denting. I also made sure to keep the BOT Cozy on it which probably helped. I’ve made everything in it from coffee to full hiker trash meals.
- Capacity: 1.0 liter (34 oz)
- Diameter: 4.1 inches (105 mm)
- Height: 6.3 inches (160 mm)
- Weight: 4.7 ounces (133 grams)
- Made of the highest quality of titanium available free of linings or coatings
- Screw-top lid with a watertight, heat-resistant O-ring that doubles as a cooking pot lid
- Wide mouth design to make cooking, cleaning, and using a lot easier. It can fit your entire hand inside it while still fitting in most water bottle pockets!
- 1.0 liter capacity to make measuring, cooking meals, and sterilizing water more convenient
- Graduate measurements in 100 ml increments from 300-900 ml.
- Both pieces work well with pot lifters
It’s a dual purpose for cooking and carrying. A small 100g gas canister fits inside perfectly. Newly added graduation visible inside and out. The lid can be inverted to retain heat during heating and food soak time. Sized large enough to cook full entrees for 2 mortals or 1 hangry hiker. The diameter makes it really easy to get your hand inside for cleaning. The size of the bottom is perfect for isobutene stoves and alcohol stoves. Fit inside most water bottle pouches for easy access. Seriously, it holds a whole 1 liter and only weighs 4.7 ounces!
Unscrewing the lid can be difficult until it’s been broken in. The lid has no strainer feature for draining noodles etc. The graduation is in milliliters not ounces. Call me overly sensitive but I found it slightly noisy while hiking with the water sloshing around. The large diameter lid could be hard to open for people with smaller hands. None of these are deal breakers for me.
Add on items:
I highly recommend also purchasing the BOT Cozy and the Titanium Pot Lifter. Both become great additions to complete the cook kit. The cozy will help to reduce the amount of fuel needed for your meal. While the Lifter helps to reduce the burnt finger/spilled water or food potential. The BOT is very tall and the Vargo Ti Long Handle Spoon will keep your knuckles clean.
This just about sums it all up:
“We see your needs for simple, lightweight, and durable outdoor gear and work to meet those needs. In doing so, we strive to lighten your pack so that you can ask and hopefully answer the bigger, more important questions with equipment and style that would make even Thoreau jealous.” Vargo.com
The Titanium BOT is seriously badass. I would say the only reason folks might shy away would be the price tag of $99. Fortunately Vargo in their infinite wisdom also makes the same 1 liter BOT in Stainless Steel for $39 weighing in at 8.4 ounces. This is another great product by the folks at Vargo. You get two options for the BOT, both are well worth their weight in your pack. My BOT has many more years miles in my pack it’s future.
Disclosure: this product was donated for the purpose of review
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