GSI Bugaboo Cookset
Price Paid: $35 - $55
I purchased two different Bugaboo cooksets. The small set came with a 1.5 and 2 quart pot, with lids that also worked as frying pans, for about $35. The large set came with 3 and 4 quart pots, and those lids also worked as frying pans, and cost about $55. Both sets came with an aluminum handle, a pair of hot pads, and a mesh carry bag.
Overall, both sets are great, and are very lightweight for their sizes. The sets I purchased will all nest together, making a set of four pots. For backpacking, I would recommend not taking the largest pot, unless it's needed for a large group (4 or more), because it takes up quite a bit of room and adds a fair amount of weight.
These sets came with an aluminum handle that clamps to the side of either the pot or the lid. It also came with a "hot pad" to place the hot pots onto when removed from the stove. The pots were easy to use and easy to clean, and with the lightweight and versatility, completely exceeded my expectations. In the times that I used them, they seemed very durable. For the reasonable price, I would recommend the Bugaboo set with no reservations.
Price Paid: $29
I bought this set as a lightweight option to my Coleman Peak Stainless set. I was intrigued by the Teflon coating, light construction and the anodized exterior (mine is black-anodized, not enameled like the one in the picture.)
Pros: Lightweight, and improved heat transfer because it's aluminum. Nonstick
Cons: Thin and flimsy. Thin bottoms mean hot spots and scorching when cooking a meal. The pots bend easily when stuffed into your pack (but you can bend them back pretty easily too.) The handle is not secure when clamped on. I had to do some "field-adjustments" with my multi-tool to bend the tab on the handle to get a rigid grip. Also, I've only used this set a few years and the non-stick is wearing off.
It does the job adequately in the field, but I'm looking for a better alternative.
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Cooking up your favorite curry and some phad thai in the wilderness just got easier with the Bugaboo Cookset from GSI Outdoors. Plenty of dishes for both cooking and food-prep, the set includes 2 large pots and 2 frying pans that double lids for the large pots, plus, you get an included Diamondback Gripper so that you're never left trying to grasp hot pots or hot handles.
- Mountain Gear
Features:Premium, gourmet, non-stick aluminum.Unique DiamondBack Gripper handle hooks on to an exterior bracket to eliminate scratching. Stays conveniently in place for ease of cooking.All Pots have double function Fry/Pan Lids for weight efficiency and easy cooking.Double-rolled rims increase stiffness and durability.Two-tone black/blue heat treated external coating.Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz. Set Includes:1.5 qt. pot2.5 qt. pot2 dual-use frypan/lidsDiamondback gripper.2 cutting boards.Mesh bag.Frying Pans Sizes: 7.5", 8.5".
After a long day of hiking, whip yourself up a satisfying meal using the GSI Bugaboo Cookset. If you accidentally burn your backcountry feast, this stackable cookset's non-stick coating ensures you won't spend the rest of your night scrubbing dishes. GSI starts with restaurant grade aluminum pots and pans, then outfits them with outdoor specific features like double rolled rims for extra strength and a pot holder that clamps onto an outside bracket, so you don't end up scratching the interior coating. Chop veggies on the two included cutting boards, and nest these boards in with the pots when it's time to pack up camp. In the morning, fry up some pancakes-the Bugaboo cookset's lid doubles as a fry pan.