Once you get past the first hurdle of “What bike should I buy,” then wade through the subsequent “What oil?” and “What tires? questions, you get down to the real nitty-gritty of day-to-day life on the road. It doesn’t matter if you’re riding a Yamaha Super Tenere or a Honda C90, you must eat and drink on the road, and sleep somewhere. You can do all this with gear from Wal-Mart, but if you want to keep your load light and compact, you might have to reach out to specialty manufacturers. That is, people like SimpleReal.

The ultra-compact solution you want in your panniers? Photo: Kickstarter

SimpleReal is a cookware startup currently promoting its products on Kickstarter, seeking funding to put its design into production.

The company’s basic design is simple: It’s a 1-litre collapsible stainless steel pot. The pot is made of a set of increasingly larger steel rings, which are held in the “extended” position thanks to a set of silicon gaskets, providing stiction and therefore structural rigidity. They also keep your soup/oatmeal/etc. from leaking out.

When you’re done cooking the SimpleReal pot will collapse down to an ultra-thin 3-centimetre thickness (just over an inch), which makes it easy to stuff into your luggage.

You can check out SimpleReal’s Kickstarter page here. Currently, if you donate $39 to the project, you’ll be sent one of the pots when they hit production (probably in March of 2022). After they start production, that price rises to $60 a pot, so this is a decent discount. As a result at time of writing, SimpleReal had massively outstripped its original fundraising goals, so it seems likely this will all go through.

A competitor for the Sea to Summit X-Pot? Photo: Kickstarter

If any inmate buys one, we’d love to hear how it compares to the Sea to Summit X-Pot. Currently, a 1.4-litre X-Pot retails for about $45 in the US, and it has a lot more silicone in its construction. See Paul’s thoughts on the X-Pot and other flat-packing cookware below.

Flat Pack Cooking Gear


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