Ruta Locura Carbon Fiber Lid

P1020099About a year ago, I finally decided to pull the trigger on a Ruta Locura carbon fiber lid… I had been eyeballing it for quite some time, but never felt that I had the right cook kit that I wanted to pair this particular lid up with… But then my wife went off and bought me the LiteTrail (v1) cook kit… It was when I first started playing around with this cook kit that the pieces kind of feel in place…

What I loved (and still do) so much about the LiteTrail cook kit is that it is a small, compact package that is lightweight, durable, and gets the job done. However, I had one hang up with it, and that was with the supplied lid. Don’t get me wrong, the lid is fine… it’s strong, fits well, easy to put on and take off the pot, but at 0.598 oz (16.93 g) it was heavier than I felt that it should be. And this is when thoughts of the Ruta Locura carbon fiber lid started dancing in my head again…

The thing is, while I felt like the supplied lid was a bit heavier than it should be, I didn’t want to replace it with something that was lighter, but much less durable. I wanted something that was strong, and not pliable, such as aluminum foil is. I wanted a substantially stiff lid, but lighter weight. And, at a listed weight of 7 grams, the carbon fiber lid seemed to fit that bill… So, I finally got around to actually ordering it!

When the lid came in, the first thing I did was check fit, and not only did I find that it fit my LiteTrail 550 ml pot very well, it also fit my Backcountry.com 700 ml ti pot, as well as my Jetboil Sol Ti pot! The next thing I did was weigh it, and sure enough, it came in at 7.29 g, or 0.257 oz! This gave me a lid that is every bit as durable as I had hoped, but knocked off 0.341 oz, or 9.64 g from the weight of my lid… I was pleased.

And now I have been using the lid over the last year; not exclusively as I have also used a few different cook pots (which the lid doesn’t fit), but every time I carried one of the 3 above mentioned pots on a hike, this lid came along. Although, probably 95% of the time I carried the LiteTrail kit… I think I only carried the lid with the Jetboil on one hike…

P1000380Naturally, this lid has shown up in a number of my videos, and write ups since then, however, never in the spotlight, always with something else. Because of this, I have gotten a few emails, comments, and questions on the lid here and there. So, this morning, I figured I would spotlight this little lid for a moment…

As I said, I have now been using this lid (non-exclusively) over the last year. I would say it has been on a pot of boiling water at least 80 times, but likely a bit more. (Granted, a majority of those times were at home while “testing” it.) It has been used over Esbit solid fuel tabs, HEET (yellow bottle), SLX denatured alcohol, and canister fuel. It has been used on the 3 mentioned cook pots, with a few different Esbit stoves, a number of different alcohol stoves, and only the Jetboil canister stove. I have not used the lid on a pot over a wood fire. Since using it, I have not experienced anything that has given me a bad taste (pun intended) about using this lid…

As I mention in the video (below), some have asked me about the safety involved with heating water over a resin based lid. Again, in my experience I have not found any reason to be worried about this. (Of course, I will also freezer bag cook, and even drink instant coffee too…) As far as this topic is concerned though, I am not an expert, nor claim to be, on all things carbon fiber. But, I have personally decided that I am ok with using this lid over heated water. I would expect others to make their own decisions about this.

Others have also asked me if fire will damage the lid. As I mentioned above, I have used it with a wide assortment of cook pots & stoves, and so far there is no damage to the lid. No melting, warping, or any other deformities have been noted to the lid, whether cold, warm, or hot. However, let me say that I do take care to use cook kits that will maintain a maximum amount of flame beneath the cook pot as opposed to licking up the sides of the cook pot, or even over the cook pot. Of course though, sometimes this does happen, but I match my cook pots up with my stoves so that this only happens on rare occasion, such as when a gust of wind feeds a larger amount of oxygen to the stove, rather than as a common occurrence. Due to this, the lid rarely touches an actual flame.

I have not thrown the lid into a fire just to see if it melts…

Another thing I get asked a lot about is fit. As I mentioned, this is a number 2 lid. There are 4 lids listed on the Ruta Locura site, and each lid has a few different cook pots listed beside it that it will fit, but there could be others. The best way that I can tell you if the number 2 lid will fit your pot is by providing actual measurements of the particular lid I received, which you can match against your own pot. They are as follows:

  • Inner Diameter: 3 & 5/8 inches
  • Outer Diameter: 4 & 1/4 inches
  • Recessed Depth: 3/16 of an inch

Also, note that these measurements were made with a wooden ruler, so they are not to the “T” but as close as I could tell. But, if the inside of your cook pot is anything less than 3 & 5/8 inches, then the number 2 lid won’t fit. Also, if it is 4 & 1/4 inch or larger in diameter, the lid will not fit. If you have any other questions on fit, I would suggest getting in contact with Josh at Ruta Locura and I feel sure that he would be happy to help.

This lid is made with an oversized lip, or rim, which is intended so that the user can easily grab the lid by the edges and lift straight up. So far this has worked as intended with all 3 of the pots I listed above without any issues. I have also never found the lid to be too hot, or even close to hot, so that I could not lift the lid off the pot without getting burnt. However, as with any lid, be careful so that the hot water under the lid does not roll off and burn you.

The lid has a single vent hole in order to allow some pressure that will build up inside the pot to be released when the water is coming to a boil. This vent, along with the weight of the lid, will help to keep the lid from raising up off the pot when the water is boiling to some degree. However, if the pot is filled to the very top with water, once it starts boiling, then it may be possible for the water to lift the lid up anyway.

I hope that this answers most of the questions others may have about the lid. If not, feel free to leave a comment below and I will reply to it as best that I can. And of course, Josh at Ruta Locura should be able to answer any questions you may have, and likely better than me!

Thanks for stopping by…

~Stick~

Disclaimer: I paid for this lid with my own money. I have no affiliation with Ruta Locura. I am not being paid to write this. The statements above are of my own opinion after using this lid for the last year.

 

 

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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10 Responses to Ruta Locura Carbon Fiber Lid

  1. JERMM says:

    Stick I bought a Ruta Locura carbon fiber lid last Feb, I’m using it with my MLD 475 mug and really like it.

  2. JERMM says:

    I like it with the MLD 475, that’s the only mug I have that it will fit.

  3. chad I like the Jetboil face guy is that you “Before” morning coffee? LoL. Thanks for giving us the info on this lid a bit to gram winny for me but hey to each his own for others. I mean seriously what would we do if it was not for you giving some of the best reviews out there on backpacking gear and ideas. On a second note can I ask you to do something on backpacking that many others fail or seem to never want to talk about and thats “Body hygiene” Deodorant or no Deodorant? Bathing and with what and how often? Pack towels as I really like to see the big differences with the new pack towels. Also the Campers soap for bathing is it best? I just use a tiny hunk of ivory soap for both bathing and for cleaning socks and clothing as its a versatile soap.
    SO a review on those things and how you do it yourself or your approach to these things. But if you dont bath or do the body hygiene thing dont worry about it we will just walk up trail from you.
    LoL.

  4. H2Oboy says:

    I picked up a couple of the LID #4’s to go on my SnowPeak 600. They actually didn’t fit real well, the depressed bit was just a bit too large to fit inside the cup. I’m hoping that they will break in with a couple of uses. They seem like a great piece of kit – so I’m pretty disappointed that it doesn’t look like they’ll work.

    • Stick says:

      That is a bummer to hear. Being that the #4’s are specifically for the SP600, I would message him and let him know. He may swap them out for you. As well, if they are b eing made a little too large, some feedback may give him a heads up on it so he can correct it…

      Anyway, sorry to hear, but I hope that it works out for you.

      ~Stick~

    • H2Oboy says:

      I took your suggestion and emailed Josh at Ruta Locura. He told me that the #4’s used to fit, and that the Snow Peak 600 is now being made a little bit smaller. He offered to stretch the SP600 by the little bit they need if I send them to him. His customer service was awesome. I’m crossing my fingers b/c I really want this lid to work. Thanks for the input.

    • Stick says:

      That is good to know that there has been a change with the pot, but I wonder if he will also change the lid to match the new pot… Then again, with all the original SP600’s out there… Anyway, I hope it works out for you!

      ~Stick~

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