GSI Glacier Stainless Steel Mess Kit
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
Super set for people that do more than re-hydrate. Light enough for most people and you can use it on fire/coals.
I've always liked the Bugaboo Hiker kit by GSI, but I could never get into the teflon. I like cookware I can use over fire or coals if the situation presents itself and never could justify purchasing the Bugaboo. Later when I come across this, A stainless version of the mess kit, I was a happy camper.
Being stainless steel, it's heavier than the other 2 versions but it is more than made up for in my eyes by its durability. Camp stoves.. sure, Small fires.. sure, Coals... sure, Huge fires and HOT coals.. Yep. I can cook anywhere I can get fire and since its stainless heat helps the cooking process.
Its constructed pretty well. Thin to save weight, so it's nowhere as nice as in home stainless cookware with a 3 ply bottom, but hey.. it's for a backpack. I prefer the pot grabber to the folding handles found on other fry pans since I use it over my pocket rocket from time to time and balance is important there.
I wish GSI would sell their pot/pan kits without the extras. In this case the plastic bowl and cup. I am NO fan of plastics where heat is involved. I wouldn't have minded saving a couple extra bucks not getting the bowl/cup. Meh, you win some you loose some.
If you're an ultralight hiker, this won't be the cookset for you. But if you like to do more than re-hydrate and want something that will last literally forever and can be used anywhere at any time, this is what you want.
Pic is right after a good cleaning, note the polished finish on the bottom.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
INDESTRUCTIBLE, 1 PERSON CAMPING MESS KIT When it comes to durable, lightweight kitchenware, thousands of Boy Scouts can't be wrong If you need kitchenware that can take a beating and keep on cooking, Glacier Stainless is for you Each piece is made of high-grade 18/8 stainless steel and built to last for years to come
Classic Mess Kit tradition crafted in 18/10 Stainless Steel. This upgraded version of a traditional style is perfect for Scouts, backpackers, mountaineers and alpinists.
- Ramsey Outdoor
You provide the food, and the Gsi Outdoors Glacier Stainless Mess Kit will provide the equipment you need to eat like a rugged king. The Glacier Stainless Mess Kit is lightweight enough to easily add to the pack without bogging you down, and the non-reactive stainless steel surface ensures no off flavors latch on to your food. PRODUCT FEATURES: Lightweight, nesting design with a dual-use frypan/lid and a polypropylene Cascadian cup and bowl packs small, travels easily and withstands any abuse. Exclusive DiamondBack Gripper attaches securely to exterior brackets while preserving both interior and exterior pot finishes. Double-rolled rims for increased stiffness and durability
- Appalachian Outdoors
Much more than a nostalgic reminder of your youth, the GSI Glacier Stainless Mess Kit takes the fundamental backcountry functionality familiar to countless campers and scouts, and perfects it using modern materials to create truly capable cookware which epitomizes value and versatility. When it comes to durable, lightweight kitchenware, Glacier Stainless is for you. Each piece is made of highgrade 18/8 stainless steel and built to last for years to come.Use: scoutingWt. 1 lb. 3.9 oz.Size: 7.7"x7.7"x3.6"Material: Stainless steel and polypropylene.Set includes: 7.5in,dual-use frypan/lid, 1 qt. pot, 6in. Cascadian bowl, 12 fl. oz. Cascadian cup,DiamondBack Gripper?, mesh bag.Easypacking nesting design thanks to a dualuse frypan/lid, a polypropylene Cascadiancup and bowl and mesh stuff sack.Exclusive DiamondBack Gripper attaches securely to exterior brackets while preserving both interior and exterior pot finishes.Doublerolled rims for increased stiffness and durability.