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Toaks Light 550ml Pot Reivew

Update:

I’ve been emailed asking about where to buy this pot. Looking around it seems they’re no longer stocked by zpacks or other retailers that once did, there is a couple in stock on random sites intermittently (google can help you there), Aliexpress has a few of the larger 600/700ml light versions but none in that perfect 550ml form factor. My Amazon link at the end of this post will take you to the correct product page but I’ve noticed that availability comes and goes.

With that in mind I emailed Toaks thinking they might be dropping the ultralight line for good.

From Toaks:

We do not know when we can have big batch of this pot as we do not have the material for it.

They then offered to sell me one they had on display! So I don’t think they are ending the line, availability simply depends on when they can get the 0.3mm thick titanium for it and it sounds like they do some small batches here and there.

My advice: if you’re on the fence and find it in stock, buy it – you can always return it.

Toaks Light 550ml Pot Review

So you’re looking for the lightest ultralight titanium cook pot?

Well, you’ve come to the right place:

The “Toaks light” titanium 550ml cookpot, at 54g is being touted as Perfect for the minimalist solo backpacker by zpacks.

Whats so perfect?

Its inexpensive, perfectly boils two cups of water, and slides neatly inside the titanium esbit wing stove for a stable and foolproof boil with the solid fuel – esbit.

Toaks Light is a new line or sub brand from toaks. They’ve kept their standard line in place for people who want durable titanium cookware but they’ve heard the cries from the ultralight community and come out with the Toaks Light line.

The Toaks Light line, starting with the 550ml mug is essentially the reincarnation of backpacking light’s discontinued BPL 550 Firelite pot. They’ve also come out with a slightly taller 650ml pot, and a wider 700ml pot.

This line is essentially a thinner lighter “ultralight” version of their normal line. They even understand we’ll probably ditch their lids and listed their weights seperate (54g for the pot, 72g for the whole shebang.)

Toaks Light – Titanium 550ml Pot/Mug

Pros

  • Lightest titanium option for boiling 2 cups of water
  • Pretty durable
  • No SS taste or concerns about aluminium
  • Stable esbit stove fit
  • inexpensive
  • Graduated volume marks
  • New lid design fits properly

Cons

  • Old lid design doesn’t sit well
  • Hard to find the right ultralight versions online, aliexpress has some light pots but I could only find the 550 on amazon

Overview

  • Pot only: 1.9 oz (54g)
  • Pot with lid: 2.6 oz (72g)
  • 0.3mm thick titanium
  • 3 3/4″ (95mm) (Dia) x 3 1/8″ (80mm) (H)

The Toaks pot fits neatly in the inner rung of the esbit folding wing stove giving you a very stable stove setup.
The Toaks pot fits neatly in the inner rung of the esbit folding wing stove giving you a very stable stove setup.

Weight

At 54g, or 72g if you’re not replacing the lid you’ll be hard pressed to find a lighter cook pot for solo use without dropping to a smaller size.

Durability

The weight does affect durability somewhat the 0.3mm thickness means this pot will take some pretty hefty damage if you accidently stand on it. On the otherside of that, I don’t think I’ve ever stood on a cookpot in my entire life and I don’t know if I believe the thicker heavier versions would fair any better anyway!

Toaks 550 vs 750 vs 650 vs 700

The 550ml comes in two versions, a toaks light or ultralight version, and the normal version.

The 750 is only available in the heavy non ultralight version, the 650 is only available in the ultralight version.

And finally the 700 is available in both again, just ensure you’re getting the wide version as there are tall versions available. The wide version is the ultralight one. The wider pot size allows more efficient fuel use.

Toaks vs Snowpeak

While many people have been happy with snow peaks performance for many years and won’t switch anytime soon, if you’re new to titanium pots you’ll probably be wondering whats the difference, and why do you recommend the cheaper toaks over snow peak?

Well, its not just cheaper, its also better designed:

  • Lid nests better and doesn’t rattle
  • Thinner and lighter material
  • Graduation marks to show ml/oz
  • Lid grabber stands up on its own
  • Handle is more ergonomic
  • Handle stays closed, the snowpeak is loose

The Verdict

I really have to give Toaks a shoutout here, it was a sad day when the BPL 550 Firelite was no longer available and Toaks rebooting it into a whole new line of ultralight pots was a great decision many of us are thankful for.

The Toaks Light 550ml pot is a superb goto for any ultralight soloist and pairs perfectly with a 900ml pot for group situations where you need a second mug for coffee or tea drinking.

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