Rating: 5 / 5
The lid being tight, so it boils well at higher altitudes (or high for us) and the handle on the lid make it easy to use and is my favorite aspect of this pot.
The next best thing about it is that it holds a small cannister of fuel, my Snow Peak Giga auto blaster, AND my back up Esbit ultralight with some fuel tabs (bought the bulk, lower priced ones when I got the Esbit at the Gear Shop - still haven't used it, haven't needed to).
Because it has the tight lid that stays in place without a bag and I can wrap the aluminum foil windscreen piece I carry (also stored inside the kettle) on the bottom of the pot if it ever gets gucky from the Esbit or a wood fired bushbuddy -- so use of the MSR Titan Kettle also avoids a stuff sack thingy to carry it around in (as mentioned by RJ above).
The pour spout is a real plus as well, since there are two of us sharing it and we pour hot water into other containers/cups/food bags. And, I hate spilling boiling water when I just spent all the time to heat it and pump filter it or carry it, etc.
I scratched a 1 and 2 cup line on the inside which really helps when heating water for freeze dried packages that take 1 or two cups.
The handles are easy enough to use, but they are a bit small as someone else mentioned -- but I use my blue capilene glove liners to pick up the pot when i need to.
If the lid is to tight, I sprayed some barbeque strength pam on it when I first got it and that seems to have done the trick. It is tight but doesn't stick.
I love the little hole in the top so that I can see when it is steaming, although I can't avoid popping the lid to see if its really boiling yet when I'm hungry.
I stopped carrying my other Ti lidded (Snow Peak) pot and drinking cup. As an extra cooking aid, when I feel like it, I take a cooking bag/pouch from a Mountain House meal package. I can use it as an extra pot, bowl, bag to hold hot water for washing, and I also have used it as a windsreen or under the stove surface to reflect heat and keep the cannister off the dirt and tinder. My main use of the cooking pouch is for holding food or hot water if I need to -- for example I put powdered mashed potatoes in the salvaged and saved cooking pouch and pour in water, stir em up and let em sit, same with dehydrated hamburger, or a baggy with freeze dried corn or peas, etc.) That pouch also can serve as a "stuff bag" cover for the pot when it is put back in the pack.
I do still carry a Snow Peak Ti plate -- which I also use as a frying pan (tricky but can be done with a light weight pot holder thingy). The plate can hold the food, once cooked, while I start heating water for tea, "sweet coffee" (what we call the powdered Cappucino stuff), or get water ready for some other treat or job.
Even got rid of my Ti cup since the pot works fine for everything, and who cares if there are bits of food in the powdered Cappucino when yer out in the wilds -- better than most bugs or dirt.
So ditto to those who use and appreciate this MSR kettle, pot, cup, bowl thing. I give it a 5 since it is the only pot I need to carry, so it had better be a 5 or why would I be carrying it?