Sea to Summit X-Pot, X-Kettle and X-Pan
Cooking well on the go is essential to climbing road trips, and Sea to Summit’s X-Series of collapsible hybrid silicone/aluminum cookware is a nice addition to any car-camping kit.
Cooking well on the go is essential to climbing road trips, and Sea to Summit’s X-Series of collapsible hybrid silicone/aluminum cookware is a nice addition to any car-camping kit. The X-Set 32, which includes the 2.8-liter X-Pot (also comes in 1.4L and 4L sizes), 1.3 liter X-Kettle and X-Pan, nests together to the size of a fat Frisbee, saving you space for more gear—or food—in your van or trunk. All three can be bought as a set for $134.95, or as individual items.
The X-Pot (2.8L) I use the most out of the X-Series, from boiling water to cooking pasta or rice and beans. It’s a good size for two to three people, but would likely be too small for larger groups. The X-Pot comes with the all-crucial strainer lid, which can be locked down with the pot’s silicone handles, so there’s no risk of dirtying your macaroni when draining the water.
The X-Kettle is a smaller version of the X-Pot, with tapered sides, plastic handles and a pour spout, like, well, a kettle. It’s great for boiling water and heating up the sauce/side for whatever’s cooking in the big pot.
The X-Pan completes the set for all of your cooking needs (read: bacon and eggs). Since it is eight-inches in diameter, just larger than the X-Pot, it would be difficult to make a large stir fry in the pan without losing a portion to your tailgate, but the aluminum pan is great for smaller tasks, such as frying eggs, grilled cheese or quesadillas.
The biggest plus to the X-Set is its space-saving efficiency. With it, I can fit all of my cookware into a single milk crate, with room to spare, so it’s always packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. PROS
– Space saving: collapsible, nests together
– Strainer lid
– Measurement marks on X-Pot and X-Kettle
– More delicate than all-metal cookware
– Food sometimes sticks to pan
– For stoves only, cannot be used on open fires