Evernew Appalachian Set Review: Ethereally light
At 161g complete, Evernew’s Appalachian pot set is certainly a minimalist titanium marvel. But there’s more to camp life than skimming weight. So how does it perform?
If you have yet to try an alcohol stove, you really should put one on your short list. With their basic designs, low weight, and unmatched simplicity, there is nothing to break, maintain, or repair. They are easy to ignite, impressively fuel efficient, and the fuel itself is not only ubiquitous, but cheap. For years the alcohol stove market has been dominated by a handful of stalwart offerings which have largely gone unchanged for decades. New products are few and far between, which is what makes the Evernew Ti Appalachian alcohol set so appealing.
One of the finer attributes of any alcohol stove system is the low weight and the Evernew system is if anything, ethereally light. The titanium burner alone clocks in at just 34 grams. When paired to the Ti DX pot support structure, adding only an additional 52 grams, and including the 500ml Ti Ultralight Mug/Pot at 74 grams, the whole system tips the scales at just 161 grams.
Like all uber-light things, it’s not enough to just present a low gram count. Any stove, regardless of weight, still has to perform. The Appalachian Set is without a doubt a star performer. Boil times, although variable due to ambient temperature, humidity, and altitude, are impressively quick. Alcohol stoves are easily thwarted by mild breezes, and the Appalachian does better than expected in those conditions thanks to the smart design of the two-piece wind shroud. Naturally, it does best with as much wind protection as possible, but on its own, it does admirably as long as it’s just mildly breezy.
It’s always the details that make a good product even better and this is true of the Appalachian. A small ridge at the base of the pot is designed to nest within the inner edge of the DX pot support. This gives the system superb stability. No more wobbly pot or the portent of spilled fluids. The pot itself is extremely well made with a pair of fold-out handles and a sturdy, well designed lid. The small pour spout, a seemingly benign addition, gives extra control when dispensing hot liquids. It’s those little things that matter, like the small vent hole in the lid to again, facilitate a steady pour.
Adding to the Appalachians’ convenience, everything packs away neatly in the 500ml pot with room to spare. I place a small pack-towel inside my pot to silence rattles when using the stove off my bicycle.
The Appalachian is a wonderful stove, one I fully intend to make a permanent part of my traveling kit. For the solo traveler, or used as a backup system, it’s tough to beat.
- WEIGHT161g (5.67oz)
- PRICE $130
- PLACE OF MANUFACTURE Japan
- CONTACT Evernew America