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    21 Reviews


    MSR's PanHandler—save your skin, use a Pot Lifter.

    Safely lift all your hot MSR cookware with the PanHandler Pot Lifter. This Pot Lifter supports up to 10 pounds of delicious stew, boiled water, or whatever else you have cookin'. Pack the PanHandler in MSR's Packtowl sleeve (included) to protect your pots from scratches as you transport this pot lifter inside your cookware.
    • Item #CAS0403

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    limited 3 years

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    California Proposition 65


    Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

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    Great for what I need

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I like the pocket to store my potlifter so it will not rub my backpack. I use it a lot for my Snow Peak plate and bowl. Just about anything you can grab with it. You won't regret it. This is great to take with you for backpacking.

    Great for what it is

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are greativhtweight weight pot holders, I have had one that came with my MSR black light set for years now. I ordered for of these for the Boy Scout troop I help with before our trip to Glacier National Park. They do a solid job as a pot holder. My only hesitation with the 5th star is they don't work as well with non MSR pots. They still do the job though, so a great lightweight option!

    Does what it needs to!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This little guy is very light, compact, and grabs onto pots :) I can see why others say it has the potential to bend, but if you aren't trying to carry a pot of soup for 20 people, you won't have a problem. Perfect for what it is!

    I've never had it bend on me

      Great little tool, frequently the most borrowed piece of equipment at the campsite during dinner time. I've never had it bend on me, then again I'm not putting it in the fire...

      It lifts your pot and saves your hands

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've had one for years - and many trips. Sure it bends occasionally and it isn't the best for pouring from a heavy pot, but it does just fine. It has never occurred to me to replace it...

      Product material needs improvement

        MSR needs to do a little more work on this handle. Although well designed, the material bends easily under heat. While cooking over a fire, we have to manually re-adjust the grips on every use. I'd love to own this product in a durable material. (If you're just cooking over a burner, and do not mind making manual adjustments after the product shifts, this product may work out fine for you.)

        Garbage handle

          While I like the design and concept - this thing is made out of weak aluminum. It bent the first time I used it because I squeezed a little too hard. I bent it back with my fingers and am now very careful with it.

          I don't like to have to be careful with my camping gear. Since the pot sets this thing comes with are made of stainless steel, I thought the handle was too. They made no mention of aluminum on the box.

          Cool Little Tool

            never failed. I bring very small pots and pans and fill them high so it is nice to have this too so I don't burn my fingers when moving boiling water. Very light. If you cook a lot in the backcountry, it just guarentees you aren't gonna burn yourself or have to reboil spilt water!

            It's a handle

              Mine came as part of the Black Lite Gourmet pot set. It's a great handle that will work on virtually any pot. The only slight downside is that i obviously must grip the inside of the pot. I fear that if one is not careful, this could result in damage to non-stick surfaces. Not that damaging the non-stick on the very upper portion of the pot is really a big deal, and hence why I did not dock it any points.

              Essential K.I.S.S Tool

                Sure you could get by without it but why? To save 1.6 oz of weight so that you can fumble and drop the very life blood food you brought to survive in this unforgiving environment!?!?!? NO, I say! This is one of those little things in backpacking that everyone has or is planning on buying as soon as they get home. Sure it comes in most MSR pot kits but for those of you who are looking for a handle that works for just about any pot out there then this is it. You can even turn a pot lid into a pan with this guy!

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                  This is probably one of the most genius ideas ever created. Although I did not buy my separately it came with my pot and pan set and probably is the most important piece of the set. The design was genius and if you can somehow break it then you dont deserve to go camping. Definitely one of MSR's top 5 products just because of how great it works