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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Field Notes: North Face Propel Sleeping Bag, Asolo Power Matic Boot, Lanterns, and Vargo Titanium Sierra Pot

The latest word from our testers

by: Kelly Bastone, Berne Broudy, Kristin Hostetter, Dennis Lewon, Steven Roy, Charlie Wood

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The North Face Propel (Courtesy Photo)
The North Face Propel (Courtesy Photo)
Asolo Power Matic 500 gv (Courtesy Photo)
Asolo Power Matic 500 gv (Courtesy Photo)
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern (Courtesy Photo)
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern (Courtesy Photo)
Vargo Titanium Sierra 750 (Courtesy Photo)
Vargo Titanium Sierra 750 (Courtesy Photo)

Multitasking Pot
Vargo Titanium Sierra 750
If you've ever had the privilege of camping with your grandparents, chances are they packed Sierra cups–those bowl-shaped aluminum vessels that hold cowboy coffee or chili equally well. This updated version–made of superlight titanium–is appealing to ultralighters looking for a stovetop pot that doubles as a cup/bowl. It holds 25 ounces and comes with a knobbed lid that has tiny straining holes on one side; our tester cooked his single serving of Ramen and strained out the water without spilling anything or burning his fingers. The handle folds away for streamlined packing. Caution: The rim gets hot in cup mode. $40; 4.5 oz. (877) 932-8546; vargooutdoors.com.


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Rob Davidson
Sep 07, 2008

Vargo's designers missed what made the Sierra Cup so versatile. The steel handle was a piece of wire forned into a finger loop that ran around the rim of the cup, that acted as a heat sink. The heat was directed away from the rim. You could safely drink hot liquids, unlike nearly any of the available single wall titanium cups on the market currently.
I carried a SC cup into the 1980's but gave them up for the truck stop 12 once Alladin insulated cup with one piece lid. Cut the handle off and thread a cord tying lid and cup together. My current one is a give-away goodie from LNT.org

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