These Collapsible Pots Are Stupidly Handy
My kitchen is a mess. I’m not trying to make excuses, but the space is tiny, and I mean tiny in the New York City sense of the word, which is totally different than tiny in Los Angeles, Dallas, or Omaha. My pots and pans are stuffed into whatever drawer happens to have room, something that is becoming increasingly scarce. I’d swap at least a few of my sturdier metal pieces for the space I’d save with something like the X Pot—if only it would work on my stove.
This silicone cooking pot, from Sea to Summit, collapses to become as flat as a pancake. The X Pot doesn’t have the heft and permanence of a cast-iron pan or stainless cookware, but that’s offset by the supreme convenience. For all its apparent utility in an urban setting, the X Pot wasn’t designed for use indoors—the flames and heating elements of conventional stoves are too wide and threaten the silicon. The line of pots was created specifically for backpacker who cook over a camp stove.
The target demographic makes sense; after all, Sea to Summit is known for outdoor gear. And the silicone pots play to that. They’re light—the biggest of the three sizes, a 2.8-liter vessel, weighs just 11.5 ounces. Collapsed, the pot sits 1.5 inches high, and expanded it can hold 95 fluid ounces. Lightweight and collapsible are two features whose value can’t be underestimated when you’re already trekking a backpack full of gear.
The base is aluminum, which along with a metal ring at the top gives each pot the rigidity to handle the rigors of cooking. The silicone handles don’t get hot, and fold over to secure the lid during transit. Speaking of the lid, it comes with a built-in strainer, which alleviates the need to bring yet another piece of kitchen equipment to your campout.
It’s just a shame the X Pot can’t be used on a traditional stove. There are a lot of pasta-boiling New Yorkers who would love to have one.