Gear Review: GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Cookset

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Using my GSI Cookset for the first time on the PCT.

Let me just start things off by saying that this cookset by GSI handled 650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail with no problems. I used it almost everyday for a month and a half. Just about 90 days.

Nonstick Surface

The pot was a breeze to clean after cooking up my backcountry oatmeal in it and other dehydrated meals. I would simply eat my oat meal, throw some more water around in it, swish it around, then drink it—gotta get all the extra calories. If there was anything left I would just take my little sponge or just use my finger and then wipe it out with a little pack towel and it’s good as new.

Backpacking the PCT
Trying to eat an ungodly amount of food in this giant pot

Lid and Handle Partnership

You can’t have a compact backpacking cookset without having a handle that holds everything in place, nothing bouncing around or falling out, it’s great! The sturdy handle is covered in a silicone shell so you can hold it and not have to worry about getting burned, needing a pot cuzi or a towel to grab the thing. It was quite convenient when I needed to adjust the pot while it was on my Pocket Rocket. I could easily just hold the handle to eat out of it too.

I gotta be honest though, if this backcountry cookset actually came with a cuzi to hold the pot by the pot and not by the handle, that would be rad! But it’s not a deal breaker by any means.

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The GSI Pinnacle Soloist Cookset works great for car camping too!

All Things in One

You might have noticed that I mentioned the handle on the pot holds everything in place? Yes, I do mean everything. I could fit all this inside the pot:

  • Pocket Rocket stove
  • MSR fuel canister
  • Lighter
  • Sponge
  • Cup (that the cookset came with)
  • Pack Towel
  • Hot Lips
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My favorite lighter and show all in one. I put all these things inside the pot.

Halfway through my journey on the trail I ended up ditching the Hot Lips, GSI Foon and the cup. I simply just didn’t use them because I am more of the get up and go type of guy rather than a cup of joe sipper. I just didn’t see a need for it in my particular situation. I ended buying a longer spork made of aluminum alloy which obviously did not fit into the pot.

Okay..sometimes I use the cup. It’s pretty handy.

Overall Rating

Would I recommend this cookset? Absolutely. I wouldn’t mind going with a more minimal and lighter option honestly. You wouldn’t get the nonstick, the silicone handle, etc. though so I didn’t mind the extra ounces. The pot itself held so much food too! Oh man, so much food. I mostly rehydrated meals in it like raman bombs, pastas, oatmeal and chicken. It worked great!

Here are some specs of the cookset if you’re interested:

5.5 x 5.4 x 5 inches
Cookware Material
Hard-anodized aluminum/polypropylene/copolyester/nylon
Nonstick Surface
1.1L pot; strainer/sip-it lid; mug/bowl; tele-foon; storage sack/sink
10.9 ounces

Thanks to GSI for making such a great product right here in Spokane, WA. What cookset do you guys use? Let us know in the comments below!

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