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Backpacker Magazine – August 2011

Gear Review: REI TiWare Nonstick Cookset

This four-piece set has a nonstick silicone/ceramic coating.

by: Kristin Hostetter

REI TiWare Nonstick Cookset (Courtesy Photo)
REI TiWare Nonstick Cookset (Courtesy Photo)

> $99
> 1 lb. 1 oz.
Verdict
I love the low weight of titanium cookware, but I don’t love the high price or the way cooked food sticks to its surface. This set solves both problems. All four pieces (1.9- and 1.3-liter pots, each with frypan/lids) have a nonstick silicone/ceramic coating, which kept everything—polenta, garlic, and oatmeal—from crusting up on several spring trips. The lids are 1.5 inches deep; my husband and I used them as bowls. Each piece has a swing-out, rubber-coated handle for easy maneuvering. The jury is still out on the long-term durability of the coating, but I’ve been using this set in my home kitchen for several months and wear and tear is minimal. rei.com

Best For
Backcountry foodies who want to cut ounces from their pack

Tester Data
> Kristin Hostetter (other tester: Shannon Davis)
> Duration May to June
> Locales Iceland, MA, CO
> “Compared to other nonstick titanium sets I’ve used, the price is pretty sweet (for four pieces). I also love the pouring spouts—no more spills.”


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Anonymous
Oct 11, 2011

Anonymous
Sep 12, 2011

Titanium is still not as good a heat conductor ass aluminum.

I think I'll stick with my hard-anodized GSI cook set.

meanolddog
Sep 04, 2011

Just returned from a 9 nine romp in the woods and fishing trip. I ran into a recurring problem I have had with Aluminum cookware coated with non-stick substances and I wonder if either Kristin or Shannon have experienced the same problem with this "new" set of cookware..The problem is when whisking up an instant egg powder froth or when using a Nylon Fork or a Nylon Spoon to mix up a batch of Pudding or Pancake batter I always manage to put a lot of scratches into the bottom of the cooking surface and on occasion when stirring a really thick stew of my own devising..So how does this new set stand up to the beating in your testing?

Mike
Aug 30, 2011

This is on sale during the Labor Day sale.

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