When I got my Heavy Cover Ti canteen and cup, I was pretty sure I had made an expensive mistake. I seriously considered returning it. A month or two later, my position became "You can have my canteen when you pry it from my cold dead hands!" The HC became the one "non-negotiable" piece of gear I always take. I am forever trying different knives. I choose from among multiple packs or bags depending on multiple factors. I have a hatchet of choice, but I don't always take a hatchet on short outings. A quilt, a blanket, a sleeping pad... those aren't needed on a day hike or scout. I always wear my wide-brimmed hat, but I am not sure we can call the hat "gear". What caused this shift? It's hard to articulate, but I will try. Two provisos: I haven't tried every other option out there. (Has anyone?) I have used an old Boy Scout aluminum canteen, the old green Oasis Kwencher flask canteen (which was standard issue for backpackers in the 70s), multiple plastic Nalgene bottles in varying sizes, a pair of Klean Kanteen stainless bottles, discarded Smartwater bottles, and the (discontinued) Stanley Adventure Multi-Use Bottle paired with a nesting Ozark Trail knockoff of the GSI cup. I have not used the Pathfinder / Self Reliance Outfitters stainless canteen cookset or any of the many milsurp or milstyle aluminum, stainless, or plastic kits having the same basic design pattern as the HC. I haven't used the guyot or Nalgene stainless bottles. And, I am not going to try to settle whether the bang is worth the buck. Everyone's circumstances are different. Clearly there are plenty of perfectly serviceable options out there at a fraction of the price. What's wrong with the plastic Nalgenes? Not a darn thing! But I find I very much like having the option of not packing a cook pot. I often pack just the HC kit and a kuksa. I boil water in the canteen and then make a hot meal in the canteen cup and hot tea in the kuksa, and have enough hot water left to clean up the canteen cup. What's wrong with the Klean Kanteens? Well, in my experience, they are not as rugged as I want. I once tossed this one down on the forest floor, never imagining it could be a problem, and it buckled. I was quite disillusioned. What's the best alternative to the HC kit I have found? It's actually a totally different approach. The Stanley 24 oz. cook set matched up with with one of its cups and that Ozark Trail knockoff GSI, the Mylar liner from boxed catered coffee, an alcohol stove, a tea strainer, and any old water bottle. A discarded Smartwater plastic bottle is a good choice: very lightweight, essentially free, and the threads mate with the Sawyer Squeeze filter. Everything but the water bottle nests into one compact package. Sometimes I still pack this when I am going full load, but for "any old water bottle", I use the HC. Because I have it. And sometimes (a lot of the time), I take a twig stove instead of the alcohol stove. But I don't need all that all the time. Why do I like the Heavy Cover Ti kit so much? It's the confluence of many things -- many of them small things -- coming together in a package that always seems to meet my needs. I like that it is very lightweight. I like how tough it is. I know it has a failure point, but I am confident that that point lies well beyond normal extended use and things like tossing it on a forest floor. I like that feeling of confidence. I like being able to boil water in either the cup or the canteen. I like not having to pack a cook pot. The canteen can be suspended over a fire. A bottle hanger is nice for this but not required. Loosen the threads on the canteen cap. Use either a cord or a pot hanger stick to suspend the canteen over a fire. When steam or spurts start coming out around the threads, the water is boiling. (A surprising number of bottles and pots can’t pull off this simple trick.) The flexible bottle of a Sawyer Squeeze filter is ten times easier to fill when you have something to dip water with, to pour into the bottle/bag. I like having a well-shaped dipping cup already nested to the canteen I'm going to fill with the filter. (Of course this applies to a lot of set ups.) I like the flattish form factor. It rides against my body or fits into a haversack better than a round bottle of comparable capacity. I like having a stellar piece of kit like the Centerline Systems MCC to pair with it. For short outings, the MCC and matching tool roll beat a daypack in several ways. Often when I am working around the property and know I am going to be moving around a lot, I put the canteen in the MCC and tote it around with me. Water and little necessaries are always at hand and I spend less time tromping back to the house or the shop. I like putting either the canteen or the cup in a sandy creek bed and scrubbing it around to scour off soot and sap. I like how quickly titanium transfers heat and how quickly the lip of the cup cools off. I like the large capacity of the cup. I like putting the filled canteen in a fire before bed on a cold night, wrapping it in a shemagh, and sticking it down in my quilt. There are stainless bottles out there with wide mouths, and that has advantages. But a wide mouth is a little awkward to drink from: it's easy to slosh. I like having the moderately sized opening of the HC canteen to drink from and the "wide mouth" cup to mix things into water. Neither is the mouth on the HC canteen chintzy small, as it is on many milsurp and milstyle offerings. Do I like that big seam around the middle? No, not really, but I bet there are sound manufacturing reasons for it being there. It's not a problem. Many things, many of them small things, coming together. Fair disclosure: I have only had the HC for about a year. But after dozens of outings with it, I can't imagine going back. The bottom line is, I haven't found anything else that works as well in as wide a range of situations.