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.
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.
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.
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
- Cup (that the cookset came with)
- Pack Towel
- Hot Lips
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.
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
1.1L pot; strainer/sip-it lid; mug/bowl; tele-foon; storage sack/sink
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!