Before I begin, I love this pan for what I do. It is incredibly light and the handle either folds or pops right off, which is convenient for packing this thing in tight places. While it is lightweight it is considerably strong. The nonstick is in fact nonstick! It is a novel idea when a company's product actually does what the company says it does. However, as much as love my pan, anyone looking to purchase this needs to be aware that it does not distribute heat like cast iron. This should be a no brainer, but it isn't for some. It is thin and if you are not heating it right it will focus all the heat into the center. It does not have heat rings like the GSI frying pan: bare bottom pan. And because it is aluminum, anodized or not, if you get this thing to hot it will start sagging where the most heat is. this can result in the nonstick coming off or a lopsided pan. Things to consider. For the serious backpacker who is looking for a frying pan, this is your product: super light, durable, MSR! I am sold on MSR products, whoever does their quality assurance is my hero.