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.
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.
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.