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Justin Lichter (aka "Trauma") Reviews the BOT

By Justin Lichter (June 23, 2013) - Every so often an idea comes around that makes you slap the side of your head and say, "why didn’t I think of that". The BOT by Vargo is one of those notions. So sim­ple, yet so practical. A few weeks ago I tried one out on a two week ski trip through the Sierra Nevada Moun­tains, fol­low­ing the cor­ri­dor of the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. I skied about 300 miles through vary­ing con­di­tions and weather. I was excited to test out theBOT and this was a per­fect trial. read more

 
By Brian (January 22, 2014)

Industry Outsider Wharn-Clip Knife Review

If you like titanium, you’re going to love Vargo Outdoors. Their Titanium Wharn-Clip Knife is just one of many innovative products made from this strong, yet lightweight material. And it’s not just for minimalist hikers and campers. This knife should appeal to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts. read more

 
By Pillowthread (January 8, 2013)

Trailspace.com User Review of the Vargo Titanium BOT

Vargo’s Bot gracefully combines a functional 1-liter titanium pot with a screw-on titanium lid to create a versatile object capable of both cooking and storage. It is the epitome of simplicity, with just two precisely machined titanium pieces and a fat silicone ring to perfectly seal the bead. The titanium is thick, and a sealed Bot is functionally indestructible. read more

 
By Gear Shed's Berne Broudy
(August 22, 2012)

Outside's Gear Shed BOT Review

The biggest challenge for backpackers is fitting all the gear you need for a multi-day trip into your pack, and keeping the weight low enough that you enjoy your hike instead of being pulled down like a pack mule. Vargo offers a solution with its BOT, a combo titanium waterbottle and cookpot in one. read more

 
By Amos Kwon (July 26, 2012)

Gear Patrol's BOT Review

Light and compact is the mantra of anyone schlepping gear from a to b on their own two feet. You have to be able to cook, eat and drink without looking like you just raided a Williams-Sonoma store. Vargo’s Titanium BOT Bottle Pot does just that, despite having been named by a less-than-poet-laureate. read more

 
By Sam Jordan (July 27, 2012)

SoFreakingCool.com Loves the BOT

Ever since you decided to maintain your teeth and hair with the same brush, you’ve been a fan of the minimalist lifestyle. Enhance your multipurpose mantra with Vargo’s Titanium BOT Bottle Pot ($100). read more

 
By C.C. Weiss (July 17, 2012)

Vargo's Titanium BOT Combines Cooking Pot and Water Bottle

Why carry two pieces of gear into the backcountry when you can carry one? That's the question that Vargo answers with the new Titanium BOT. The vessel combines two backcountry essentials - cooking pot and water bottle - into a single, lightweight package. read more

 
Text and Photos by Allison Woods

Backpacker - Lighten Your Tent by 22 Ounces

Swap out your tent stakes for any number of lighter ones. One cost-effective method: use a variety of stakes. Left to right: MSR Carbon-Core, $7/each, 3 titanium styles from Vargo, $4/each. Saved: 2 oz. Cost: $42. cascadedesigns.com, vargooutdoors.com. read more

 
Reviewed by Pillowthread
(October 18, 2011)

Trailspace.com User Review of the Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove

In my testing, the Vargo Hexagon wood stove boils two cups of water almost as fast as a canister stove. Setup is intuitive, and since there’s no fuel to bring, the Vargo is a lighter option than many stoves. (Also, in the right locations, you’ll never run out of fuel.) read more

 
By Rebecca VanderMeulen
(August 18, 2011)

Keystone Edge Article on Hexagon Wood Stove Award

Backpackers need supplies that are light and compact. The same goes for their food for hiking trips, which often includes dehydrated meals. Of course, those meals have to be cooked. Some backpackers prefer to cook over a wood stove, but Brian Vargo noticed that most wood-burning stoves for backpacking were heavy and unwieldy to carry. Vargo, who runs the Vargo Outdoors backpacking supply design and retail business in Lewisburg, thought there had to be a better way. read more

 
Summer 2011

Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove Wins OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2011

he Hexagon backpacking wood stove folds to a slim compact size, requiring little space in your pack. The individual titanium panels are completely hinged and snap easily into place for quick set-up. Durable titanium construction is able to endure long term heat without damage. The conical shape focuses heat upward, directing it to your pot, for quick efficient cooking. A hinged access door can be opened or closed for air control, as well as re-fueling. -Weight: 4.1 oz. read more

 
By Dan Larson

Gear Review: Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove

Diehard ultralighters scoff at carrying fuel canisters, which become dead weight when they’re empty, and liquid fuel stoves, which are heavy and bulky. After some practice, I grew to love this simple cooker for its versatility... read more

 

Vargo Scork in Backpacker’s "Ultimate Mess Kit"

The stainless steel Vargo Scork has the heft of real flatware. The fork tines are sharp enough to manage that steak you've hauled in, and the handy bottle opener will pop a cold one, or in a pinch, work as a can opener. $7, 1.2 oz., vargooutdoors.com read more

 
By Sarah Kirkconnell (March, 2011)

Gear Review: Vargo Titanium Pot Gripper

It’s the lightest around, with no sacrifices in sturdiness or ergonomics. $20; .9 oz.; vargooutdoors.com read more

 
By Sarah Kirkconnell (March, 2011)

Gear Review: Vargo Ti-Boiler Mug and Pan

Uncoated titanium cookers, such as this, are typically best suited for boil-water-only cooks who count every ounce. That’s because titanium, while superlight and durable, is a poor heat disperser, which is why you get hot spots that cause scorched-on food—the heat doesn’t dissipate. But this clever combo—a 900-millimeter mug with a wide, shallow 350-millimeter lid/pan—also functions as a double boiler. read more

 
By Kelly Bastone, Berne Broudy, Kris­tin Hostetter, Dennis Lewon, Steven Roy, Charlie Wood (August, 2008)

Field Notes: Vargo Titanium Sierra Pot

If you've ever had the privilege of camping with your grandparents, chances are they packed Sierra cups–those bowl-shaped aluminum vessels that hold cowboy coffee or chili equally well. This updated version–made of superlight titanium–is appealing to ultralighters looking for a stovetop pot that doubles as a cup/bowl. read more

 
By The Backpacker Editors
(June, 2005)

Cooking Review: Splurge on a Spoon?

Two editors debate whether one stainless steel spoon beats many (much lighter) free ones. read more