GEAR REVIEW

SEA TO SUMMIT’S Frontier Camp Kitchen Range

 

 

(This review originally featured in Vertical Life #47, Winter 2024)

 By Nell Gow

For the last decade my remote wanderings, and epic views have been fueled by a mini stove and 1L pot. My love of food has combined with the ache of my muscles, and I was so easily sated by the simplest of heat and eat meals. But when the Sea to Summit Frontier Camp Kitchen found its way into my pack, I quickly realised my outdoor culinary experience had been quite deprived.

 

The Frontier range was specifically designed for extreme adventurers. Those who have a passion for remote locations, and a hunger for trail meals worthy of MasterChef. While the truth is that my busy life means I only dabble in both of these realms, I am still completely in love with this camp kitchen.

Firstly, every piece in the range is designed to be as light as possible. The use of materials such as hard anodised aluminium and glass-reinforced polypropylene, create products that are ultra-light and durable. The ‘One Pot Set’ weighs in at just 526g, and includes a 2L pot, two bowls and two cups. The cutlery is also feather-light. I picked up the fork and nearly tossed it over my shoulder, then marvelled at how it felt like I was levitating food into my mouth.

 

 

 

When comparing this range to other ultra light brands I found it hard to match sets apples for apples, but using the 8 inch ‘Ultra Light Pan’ as a base proved helpful. Our Sea to Summit pan weighs in at 366g, JetBoils 10” pan is 380g, and the Primus Litech 8” Frying Pan is just 300g.

Secondly, the whole series is incredibly packable, with each set nesting perfectly together. The ‘One Pot Collapsible Set’ in particular is so compact thanks to BPA-free, food grade, heat resistant silicone. Including a 2.2L pot, two 400ml cups, two bowls, and all weighing 527g.

 

 

The silicon sides are easy to fold down once you sort out the technique, and I was surprised at how sturdy everything was when expanded. My fears of boiling water escaping from a wonky vessel were quickly quelled. I was impressed by the fact that the whole collapsible set fitted snugly into the ‘Ultra Light Pan’, creating a great two-person camp kitchen. This is all locked into one package by the removable ClickSafe handle which allows for secure handling, can be reversed for easy storage, and is standard across the Frontier range.

Thirdly, they are gosh darn delightful to cook with. My simple meals have always found a way to stick to my little pot, so I was happy as a hiker on a summit with such an enhanced cooking experience. No matter what meal I threw into these pots, the ceramic coating provided a truly non-stick surface. The other feature that really impressed me was the effective heat transfer. Even while using my micro stove the pots were evenly heated and provided much more temperature control than I expected.

Other designed elements that I found helpful were the measurement scales, and the built-in strainer. When empty, the pots in this range are a bit heavy toward the handle, which did create a slight challenge when cooking on the small supports of my micro stove. I had to balance the pots correctly, and take care when adding ingredients. This is the tradeoff of having a super light weight pot, with a really sturdy handle.

My favourite part of adding the Frontier Camp Kitchen to my pack is that because this range is so functional, and such a joy to use, it’s even come along for my shorter hikes with the kids. We’ve swapped out half the stuff sack of snacks for fun, nutritional meals which the kids are cooking right alongside our epic trail adventures.