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Snow Peak Tableware

snow peak Ti mug MG-054Snow Peak Titanium Double 600 Mug MG-054

snow peak Trek Titanium PlateSTW-002T
Snow Peak Trek Titanium Plate STW-002T

Snow Peak Titanium Fork & Spoon SetSCT-002
Snow Peak Titanium Fork & Spoon Set SCT-002

snow peak Wood Party Knife NT-041
Snow Peak Wood Party Knife NT-041

Thru an associate I was able to get a unbeatable deal on some Snow Peak items. I first thought to only go for the Ti French Press and a baller mug. But decided to stick with my current coffee making method and instead upgrade my tableware. My stainless biner mug is good because it has a lid but that lid is a bit of a pain to open sometimes and it is only 12oz capacity (to the very top, no lid). Plus it weighs 9.6 oz. versus this being 5.1 oz in weight for a 20oz capacity. I think that’s an improvement even though I lose the closure option.

I never carried a plate on a bike tour before but adding 2 oz is totally acceptable and with a diameter of 7.5″ I’m sure I’ll be able to store this easily.

I don’t mind a fork and spoon that are on a diet (SCT-002 is 1.4 oz for both) but a knife has got to be a knife (NT-041 is 1.6 oz and length is 9″). The Ti knife in SCT-001 is so dainty it looks like it made for nothing bigger than those peel top mini butter pack you get in to-go food orders. Hence the Ti/steel mix of cutlery.

All are made in Japan.

Platy 2L Bottle

platypus platy 2L bottle

Prob not a necessary item because just about anything can be used to hold extra water but being compact, light, and large capacity but fillable under a shallow sink goes in the pros column. Trying to fill an empty 2L soda bottle or gallon jug under a small sink isn’t easy. 2L should be good to boil water for a pasta dinner, coffee in the morning, and some left to drink.

Capacity 70 fl. oz / 2 liters
Weight 1.3 oz / 36 g

Paid about $8 on a deal

Made in Seattle, USA

Stainless coffee mug with biner


I can eat oatmeal out if this too but it’s an extra H2O reserve when not toting coffee.
Also saves me from needing paper of plastic cups, ever. And it went over well in Machias at the Beehive. One less mug to be washed after 60 people eat and drink then leave dishes for whoever has to wash. Also they seemed to be running low on mugs. Said they were walking away and not coming back.

A roommate moved out and left this in the refrigerator, it lived there for another year before I officially adopted it.

Free and no idea where it was made.

Sea To Summit: Sacks, Straps and a Liner

I made some last minute changes to my system of carrying my tent, pad and bag. I was going to shove it all in a large Bailey Works Messenger bag and I had a friend modify some straps so I could cinch it to the rear rack. That would have worked and it would mean I could use the messenger bag as a backpack if I ever needed one. Plus the other little pockets in a Bailey Works bag would be nice for organization.

But then I wanted to get a water-tight sack for my down sleeping bag, and keep it in a sack, in the bag to really keep it dry. I bought a 35L so not to stuff it into too small a bag diminishing it’s loft. But then I was only using ½ the volume of the sack to still get into the messenger bag. Maybe lose the mess bag?

The stuff sack that came with my tent is way too big for the tent so I wanted to get a better fitting one for that. 9L is just right.

The stuff sack that came with my sleeping bag is tiny, as in back backing tiny, and I’m no longer using it for my sleeping bag but it works great for my air pad (that did not come with a stuff sack) and the sheet cover I made for it.

So now I needed some good straps because bungeeing multiple things is not very secure.

Sleep pad and cover in small sack tied to top of front rack. Sleeping bag in dry bag, tent in new stuff sack, Poles in stock pole bag and ground tarp folded, flat underneath it all. This is all double strapped by two “hook release” accessory straps that encompass the whole mess. But it does not look messy. It looks right and is lighter than adding a messenger bag into the mix.

Also bought a silk liner to save the sleeping bag from my dirt.

The only bummer is that I did this all a little too late to find the made in USA options.

All this shit is made in China.

Polar Bottle 24 oz Insulated

It is not an easy thing to find cycling water bottles that are made in USA. These are and they are insulated. I don’t think Polar Bottle makes a shorter version. I’d need a shorter bottle for my under the down tube bottle cage because a bottle this size would hit the fender or front wheel. Or I might just use that cage to carry my peanut butter.

I had one on my last tour and thought that the insulation was not the best but it did something. Although I was testing it in southern Texas, New Mexico and Arizona in July and August.

Bought from a local bike shop

Cost: about $10 ea

Made in USA



MSR BlackLite Classic Cookset

I’ve had this since my living-in-a-van-and-snowboarding-everyday days. The coating is still there, it’s light enough, and doesn’t take up too much space. On a solo tour I’d probably ditch the smaller pot and just go large pot, fry pan, gripper and the stuff sack it came with.

I did use this an average of once a day for two months on my last tour. Still in great shape.

I don’t think this option is still available. I have no idea where it was made or how much I spent on it.

All I remember is I bought it at Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes, CA. about 6 or 7 years ago.