This kettle was easily my best gear purchase of 2011! Overall, I am very happy with this product. I use the Ketalist primarily for boiling water or brewing up cowboy coffee over my Trangia stove, which nests neatly inside the kettle (along with the Trangia windscreen, a sea to summit collapsible cup, bandana/rag, and a few other small items). Having previously carried a small cookset, I was ready to trim a few ounces off my pack weight and this has served me very well. I removed the rubberized handle and lid grips as soon as I got it, so have no idea how they would have held up. I assume they would melt quite easily. Quick tip for those who care: Trim down a cork to fit the spout and your water will boil approx. 2 minutes faster!