GSI Bugaboo Backpacker Cookset
Not a cookset for ultralighters or even those looking…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55 USD on sale
Not a cookset for ultralighters or even those looking to minimize weight. Perfect for backcountry gourmets who want to do more than boil water. Definitely big enough to cook food for 2-4 people.
- Comes with its own sink/carrying case
- Non-stick surface mean easy cleanup
- Measuring indicators inside cup
- Room for stove
- Teflon coating will scratch
- Lip on the lid will melt if used with frying pan
- Frying pan can tip with handle attached
I teetered back and forth on whether to give this cookset an Average or a Very Good rating. I finally opted for Very Good since there are some great benefits of owning this set.
I'll give the cons first... This is definitely not the cookset for anyone who only needs to boil water on the trail. It weighs in at over a pound-and-a-half and it's bulky so it takes up quite a bit of space in a pack. The pot and frying pan have a Teflon coating so don't use anything that's going to scratch it. Although the plastic lid works fine on the pot, you can't use it on the frying pan without the risk of it melting around the edge. Finally, the handle is heavy enough that you risk tipping your frying pan if you let go of it.
Now for the good stuff... The entire cookset (with the exception of the non-stick coating) is tough. While loading my pack, I sent it tumbling about 50' down a rocky hillside. It bent the pot but the carrying case/sink didn't puncture and nothing else was damaged. I especially like the case/sink even though I've read reviews where one of the major complaints is that the strap holding everything in the case won't stay closed. It's a velcro closure but I've never had that happen.
The two "bowls" nest inside the insulated cups and have measuring markers inside. With the cups nested, there's room enough for the handle in one and spices in the other and they only take up half the space in the pot. That leaves the other half of the pot for a MSR Whisperlite stove and a scrubber pad.
The cookset is almost too big for two people and will easily accommodates cooking for 4. It makes a great gourmet cookset for those of us who like something more than a dehydrated meal in the backcountry, so it's ideally suited for base or car camping.
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The Bugaboo Backpacker Cook Set from GSI offers an amazingly compact design, fully equipped for the needs of 2 Gourmet Backpackers and can be extended to meet any Gourmet Camping needs.Crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lid and silicone ring will not deform in packs and works with either the pot or the frypan.
Spark your stove and get a hot meal going with the GSI Bugaboo Backpacker cookset. It has just what you need to feed 2 hungry backpackers. Set includes 2 bowls, 2 insulated mugs, 2 Sip-It lids, a 2-liter pot with lid, a frypan, a pot gripper and a stuff sack. Bugaboo-series frypan and pot feature durable and attractively painted finishes that protect the aluminum cores from abrasion and oxidation. Teflon(R) Classic nonstick cooking surface on the pot and frypan speeds cleanup and resists scratches. BPA-free plastic lid is lightweight and features an integrated strainer ideal for use with pasta and steamed vegetables; flip-up tab on top of lid makes for easy lid removal. Cascadian-series mugs nest securely inside bowls, which in turn nest within the 2-liter pot; color-coded mugs and bowls help you keep track of which set is yours. Insulated mugs use lightweight and flexible food-grade polypropylene plastic, making them easy to pack, stack and carry. EVA foam sleeves keep your beverages hot while the dual-port Sip-It tops help prevent spills. Compact mug shape is comfortable for both left- and right-hand use. Folding pot gripper locks to and removes easily from exterior brackets on pot and frypan; gripper design prevents scratching. Ultralight backpacking stove and stacking cutlery (both sold separately) can also nest within for a complete and compact cooking system. GSI Bugaboo Backpacker cookset includes a welded sink basin that doubles as a carry bag.
Quit patching together a haphazard, jangling backcountry kitchen with cannibalized utensils from unsuspecting friends' apartments. The GSI Bugaboo Backpacker Cookset provides a compact, fully accessorized set of cook gear that accommodates you and a fellow adventurer. Complete with Teflon-coated aluminum two-liter pot and a frying pan, this kit weighs in at barely over 25 ounces; not bad for a setup that includes mugs with sip-it lids, a pot gripper, and a storage sack.
Incredible 2-person backpacking 7-pc cook system. Unique nesting set contains two mug + bowl sets with specially designed nesting for insulation and sip-it top to prevent spills, crushproof strainer Lexan lid that fits both pot and frypan. Includes 2 L pot, 8" frypan, 2- 14 fl oz insulated cups, 2- 14 fl oz bowls, 2 Sip-it tops, folding pot gripper, stove bag, and stuff sack/wash basin. Dimensions: 8" x 8" x 4.56". Weight: 1.65 lbs.
- Teton Village Sports