“ Camping Equipment „
My husband is a hardcore camper and often just chucks a few things in a back pack and off he goes for a few days at a time to rough it out in the wild, this is not for me however its no surprise really that family holidays are camping ones. Camping for a holiday with the children means we have to take a fair bit of equipment with us. We have the family sized stove and cooking equipment and just recently bought the Gsi Halulite kettle as i was sick of boiling water in pans so awkward to pour into cups.
I bought the Gsi kettle from camping world back in April this year (2011). It cost £19.99 and can be purchased from Frasers camp store, Millets, Go outdoor store etc. I have seen them online from Amazon for the same price.
This Halulite kettle has to be one of the most lightweight camping items ever made, the kettle only weighs around 5oz. Halulite kettle is made from aluminium alloy. It has an anodized coating on the outer surface to stop it being backed, dented or scratched. It holds 32 oz of water and can be filled via the removable lid or from the spout. The carry handle is made from strong wire that's coated in some kind of rubber , its a good idea because my hands can get good grip on it, handle also folds down to the side of the kettle and although it is leaning against the kettle when hot it does not heat up so completely safe to pick it up.
I like the size of the kettle , it is lightweight but compact as well takes up hardly any room at all. It measures around 6 inches in height and width.
Because the halulite kettle is made from aluminium it seems to conduct the heat quickly meaning less time on the stove compared to my pans that is. It takes around four minutes to boil a full kettle of water. Pouring is fine due to the shaped spout and water doesn't come out too fast perhaps its because the spout is slim. I have took this kettle on a few camp trips this year and its perfect for out family of five and we can all have a nice hot cup of tea with out breakfast without having to wait on another pan boiling.
I would recommend the halulite kettle to even the hardcore campers because its light and compact much safer to use than a pan. Recommended.
There are two different types of camping I tend to get involved in. One is basically take a little gear as possible and rough it for a night or maybe two, this usually takes place somewhere in Scotland with your camp site basically being where ever you stop walking and pitch your tent, often known as wild camping. The other is a far more civilised form of camping which involves heading to a scenic location with a group of friends, paying a small fee and then staying on a nice little camp site. I enjoy both forms of camping for different reasons, but I do pretty much have two set of camping equipment, simply because when I stay on a site, I like to live reasonably comfortably. Whereas when wild camping, comfort goes out the window. So one of the things I like to use when camping in civil surroundings is this, the Halulite Tea Kettle.
The fact is that if I don't get my morning cup of coffee I'm not a happy bunny. This is called a tea kettle but as far as I am aware there has never been any tea anywhere near it. This is used for coffee and the odd pack of super noodles and the like. Although this is just simply a kettle is does seem to be a pretty good quality one and one that has always performed very well, so let me tell you a little but more about it.
The Halulite Tea Kettle is first of all very light. The material it is made from weighs just 32 oz and also seems to conduct heat very well which is obviously something you would want in a kettle. Leave this over the camping stove and it boils very quickly, I used to use a pan to heat water, but this kettle is so much quicker and more efficient than that. It is not massive but at the same time it is big enough to boil a few cups at once if you are camping with friends and want to make a few drinks.
The kettle is designed in an easy to use way, the handle is well out of the way and doesn't get to hot when you are boiling the water. The spout pours well and does not drip if your pour carefully. The lid pops off and on very easily so you can put water in with no hassle and also check up on the contents of your kettle.
This is a slightly more expensive kettle than most on the market. This cost me around £35 and looking around online it looks as though you may be hard pushed to find it any cheaper than that. Despite the price it is good value as it has lasted me very well so far and it does seem to be very strong a durable. I get the feeling that this is the kind of kettle that will last you a long long time.
Although there are certainly cheaper camping kettles on the market, if you go camping on a fairly regular basis then this is one that you should really consider buying. It does everything that a good camping kettle should and with minimal fuss. Boiling water in a pan or a mug does of course work, but it takes a long time and uses up large amounts of gas, use this little kettle and you will save time, energy and money in the long run. The Halulite Tea Kettle really is a top class little kettle that should grace everyone's camp site.
I love going into camping shops. I mean who wouldn't like going into a place where you can buy everything you need to cook and sleep in miniature form for about three times the price! In all seriousness I do like camping and buying expensive toys to bring camping is one of the many perks! I recently travelled to Northern Ireland for work and managed to get some rock climbing in the Mourne mountatins in while I was there. With a 5 mile hike to the rock face and a 3 pitch climb ahead of me I knew I'd need some serious tea or coffee by the time I got to the top!
Thanks to a recommendation from a mate in the know I bought the GSI Outdoors Halulite "Ketalist" off Amazon before I left. It cost me £39.99 which no matter what way you cut it is expensive for a kettle, let alone one with no plug! That said this isn't an ordinary kettle and according to my more well informed friend is top of the line. Top of the line kettles? I've become middle class.
This kettle is made of a proprietary alloy called "Hallulite". A quick search on google brought up nothing as to what it actually is but a phonecall to an engineer friend revealed that it's some snazzy aluminium blend that is stronger than aluminium while maintaining it's light weight. The buzz words about it are that it's lighter than titanium and just as strong. I've no way to quantify either as I don't own a titanium kettle but I will agree that it is VERY light (around 150g) and even with me banging it off my wall to test it, it hasn't got so much as a scratch.
Out of the box you get the kettle itself and a vinyl carry case. The carry case is a nice touch as it stops any leftover water spilling in your bag. The kettle is dark grey with a brushed aluminium (Hallulite?) appearance, and an insulated orange handle. It sounds like an odd combo but it comes across as quite stylish and wouldn't look out of place in a designer kitchen (or tent!). Using the kettle isn't exactly anything revolutionary, fill with water and stick over fire. Done and done. Apparently Hallulite conducts heat more uniformly than other metals but honestly, I can't see a difference between this and a normal travel kettle in this regard.
A previous reviewer mentioned how the hallulite resisted flame marks and I'd just like to echo that here, a quick wipe afterwards and your kettle is as good as new. We had quite a few cups of tea on my trip, and a few here when the power was cut to my apartment, and it looks as good as it did out of the box.
Overall this kettle is fantastic, it's lightweight and boils water in minutes. It does this all while looking stylish and being tougher than nails (and titanium!). 5 stars easily, if you've got £40 to spare before you go camping next time pick one up, you'll have it for life.
I am attempting the West Highland Way later this year, a walk of approximately 100 miles, so have been gradually buying and testing equipment that will be useful for the journey. One of my recent purchases was a tea kettle designed for outdoor use, so is ideal when you feel in need of an uplifting cup of tea.
The Halulite tea kettle is very light weight, only 5.5ozs (156gms), which is essential when you are having to carry it such a long way. (Believe me, every ounce does make a difference.) It is also very compact and when the handle is folded down it only measures a little over 6 inches (diameter) x 3.25 inches (or 156 x 83mm). The handle is coated with orange silicone which is a great idea as it means that you don't burn your fingers when you pick it up after the kettle has boiled. It has a capacity of 33 fluid ounces which I find is about enough for 3 cups of tea, so you only need to boil the kettle once to be able to give yourself and a couple of travelling companions a brew.
The kettle is made of an ultralight, hard, anodized alloy called Halulite. It is as light as titanium but is designed to withstand scratches and conduct heat more evenly. It lives up to this claim as it only takes a few minutes before the water reaches boiling point and you can brew up. I have also found that the kettle stays looking like new and does not attract the black burn marks that you usually get round the bottom of a kettle when it has been repeatedly sitting on a naked flame.
An added advantage that this kettle doesn't advertise but I found out through use is, if you are using a small 4oz canister of gas, it will actually fit inside the kettle which again saves valuable space in your rucksack. All in all I can't find fault with this product and it will certainly be joining me on the West Highland Way. Thoroughly recommended.
Ultra light titanium kettle for backpackers and alpinists.