There are a whole bunch of different materials to choose from when picking out camping plates. There are even several different kinds of metals, each with their own positives and negatives. The main advantage of stainless steel camping plates is that they are strong and durable. Stainless steel is the ideal material to use if you’re hard on your camping gear. It cant compare to aluminum or titanium in terms of weight, but it’s stronger than aluminum, and cheaper than titanium.
Stainless Steel Camping PlatesWhat to look at when reviewing stainless steel camping plates.
- Diameter – The bigger the plate, the more you will be able to fit on it. So if you like to eat big meals while you’re out camping, a bigger camping plate will be a better choice. Of course the design and size of your stainless steel camping plate will depend, in part, on what kinds of foods you like to eat.
- Sides – Many camping plates are not so much plates as a combination of plate and bowl. They have a wide, flat bottom like a plate, and then high sides, similar to a bowl. This allows you to get a lot of messy food on your plate, without having any of it end up on the ground or in your lap. It even allows you to eat things like soup without needing a separate bowl.
Best Stainless Steel Camping PlatesThere aren't many out there, but these are the best stainless steel camping plates.
- MSR Alpine Plate - If you just want a standard stainless steel plate to take camping, this is it. It's an ideal size, at 7.5 inches in diameter, and nice raised sides that will keep anything that's a little more sloppy on your plate. It will also nest well with MSR's 2 liter or 3 liter pots, which is always a good thing to be able to do. It weighs 4.4 ounces, or 126 grams, but you cant expect extremely lightweight equipment when choosing stainless steel.
- GSI Outdoors Baked Enamelware Plate - This is actually a stainless steel plate core that's coated in enamel. Enamel is a classic material when it comes to backpacking and camping, and with this plate, you get the durability of enamelware, and the strength of stainless steel, making it an ideal combination. It has raised sides, to keep your food on your plate on uneven eating surfaces, but at 14 ounces, or 396 grams it's definitely not something that you would want to be carrying.
- Snow Peak Titanium Plate - One of the more common reasons that people choose stainless steel over titanium is that titanium is more expensive. But when it's just a flat piece of metal the price difference isn't that great, and the advantages of titanium are significant. This particular titanium plate has raised sides and a 7.5 inch diameter, which is fairly standard. But where it stands out is a weight of just 2 ounces, or 56 grams, which is quite a bit less than either of the stainless steel camping plate options listed above.