Hard-anodized aluminum goes through an electrically charged chemical bath that oxidizes the material to make the pot extremely durable and the cooking surface easier to clean—without the use of Teflon, so metal utensils won’t scratch it. Aluminum also conducts heat evenly, preventing food-scorching hot spots. The cookset comes with a pair of neoprene-insulated mugs, bowls, and telescoping sporks.
“The pot’s coffee-can shape—inherently tougher than wider-diameter models—enhances the durability of the 1-millimeter-thick aluminum,” says our tester after dropping it (repeatedly; see “Test notes,” below). The sturdy, rubber-coated handle flips over the top of the nested set for secure packing. $50; 1 lb. 2 oz.; gsioutdoors.com