But just a minute, is it true or have we been duped by the outdoors know alls. Did i need to spend all that cash on pots,pans,cups and cutlery. Well the answer is simple - NO. So all you folk starting out buying gear or doing the D of E this year, don’t be fooled into parting with your cash.
Here are a few examples to be going on with.
The expensive Tibetan Titanium Spork. 17 grams. £13.50
The not so expensive spoon from Expedition foods. 14 grams and now £1.50
My very very cheap homemade bamboo spoon. 10 grams. £0.65p
Bamboo wins comfortably on both weight and cost.
Next up cups.
Titanium Lifeventure mug. Cost £20 from Cotswold shop. 60 grams
The well known and well used and seen everywhere in the outdoors, plastic mug. Cost £1.75 and weighs 58 grams
The Asaklitt mug from Clas Ohlson. 36 grams and cost £1.39
The Asaklitt mug wins hands down and in my opinion plastic is far better to drink from than Titanium which can burn your lips if not careful.
I have a couple of Titanium pans which i use depending if i am solo or with Sheila. For this comparison i have used a pan of similar capacity. i.e. 600ml.
The Evernew 600ml pan. Less lid weighs 68 grams and costs a whopping £37.00
My stainless steel pan 600ml cost £0 and weighs 66 grams but i do have a separate lifting handle that weighs 10 grams.
This seamless Stainless Steel “pan" is a throw away item and that’s why i have costed it as £0. It came to Sheila as part of a set of Vaseline lip care (Shown below). The lid which i haven’t shown above also makes a good sized frying pan. The whole lot including the 3 lip salve cost £3.35.
So the titanium pan just scrapes in on weight but certainly not on price. The weight benefit is not worth the cost imo.
Where titanium does win and i have no problems with it at all is on windshields and gas stoves. A titanium windshield will last you a lifetime and will work perfectly after years of rolling up and abuse. Aluminium although cheap and easy to replace just doesn’t have the longevity and so titanium should be considered.
Gas stoves however just cannot compete with titanium on weight and although alloy/steel stoves are cheaper, the difference in price is not so far out that titanium is beyond our reach.
A good backpacking stove can be found now at Alpkit in titanium for £25 and weighs 45 grams. How progress has been made. You can see it here.
So, is fantastic titanium backpacking gear a bit of a myth. Well the answer has to be yes and no. Just check out those alternatives before spending all that cash.