As you know I am a huge fan of my MSR Titan Kettle, but I do have one gripe about it. For the price of the kettle I believe it should come with some sort of a stuff sack, to keep it contained. Because it doesn't it left me searching for the perfect one. I initially intended on making my own from silnylon, but my sewing skills should only be reserved for simple task like sewing a straight line. That left me searching. As far as I could tell from my research there were only two available options, one from Zpacks and another from some random company called Tread Lite Gear. Although I wasn't looking for Cuben Fiber, I ordered one through their eBay webstore.
Initial Thoughts- The reason I chose the Tread Lite Gear stuff sack over the Zpacks version was the design. The Zpacks version opens from the side, while the TLG version opens at the top. This design secures the lid and therefore contents inside. The TLG Cuben Fiber stuff sack weighs a scant .09 ounces. This is due to the use of .5 oz Cuben Fiber, mini shock cord and a dyneema draw cord. Because the sack was build exactly for the Titan Kettle the fit is snug, and secure. When releasing the draw cord the top opens just enough to allow the kettle to be slid out. All the stitching on the sack seems very neat and tight.
As far as I can tell the entire product line is build as a side project for a one person operation. The sack was ordered through the eBay store and was sent from the UK. The shipping was incredibly fast, and arrived far earlier then expected.
Use- I immediately put the sack to use over the course of a recent 2 day canoyneering trip. The sack did exactly as it was designed to. This is a rather uneventful review, because the product is simple, and works. Because it uses Cuben Fiber, the bag is freakishly light, to the point of easily blowing away if you don't attend to it. Although the lightweight fabric is used, the durability of the .5 oz Cuben Fiber has held up well in the past. I do wish Tread Lite Gear offered the option of getting the sack in other materials, as I believe a bag of this size need not be made of Cuben Fiber (the weight savings is so small over silnylon). Either way if you own a Titan Kettle, you are probably looking for the absolute lightest options of most things.
Final Thoughts- The Tread Lite Gear Cuben Fiber stuff sack for the MSR Titan Kettle is better designed then the Zpacks version and is a excellent solution for storing. The perfect fit and lightweight materials contribute to a superior product. TLG is also a cottage company for multiple other Cuben Fiber products, as well as a few backpacking specific items. The complete lineup can be found via their Facebook Page or their eBay Store.
*This product was purchased for testing.