GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

11 reviews
5-star:   4
4-star:   7
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

Weight 6.3 oz
Dimensions 4.20 in x 4.20 in x 4.60 in
Materials Proprietary, Hard Anodized Alloy
Includes 0.6 L Pot/Mug, Sip-It Lid, Insulated Sleeve, Silicone Gripper, Telescoping Foon

Reviews

6

Weighing in at 6.3oz and costing under $30 caused…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $28

Summary

Weighing in at 6.3oz and costing under $30 caused me to rethink the value of titanium. This cookset may be the last I ever own!

Pros

  • 6.3oz!
  • Pot lid doubles as travel mug lid--hike and drink coffee
  • Takes us minimal pack space
  • All-in-one cooking

Cons

  • The "foon" (fork/spoon) is flimsy and too short
  • Koozie is same color as pot (see review)
  • "Snugness" of Koozie (see review)

I was searching for Titanium, when I came upon the GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset. The first thing that caught my eye was the price—$28. No, that wasn't a mistake or an advertised special. That was the regular price on Backcountry.com. Of course, being that cheap it couldn't POSSIBLY be a quality product...could it?

So I began researching reviews—here on Trailspace, on retail sites, and on a few...er...other review sites. I read reviews ranging from car campers to AT thru-hikers to folks who spend more time backpacking than living in their homes. I haven't read a single negative review—other than a universal hatred of the foon (Come on, GSI, when are you going to admit that's the flaw in the system?)

The POT:

The pot is .6L and measures 4.2 inches across and 4.6 inches high. It's made of hard anodized aluminum. It is a perfect size to hold MOST of my mess kit, which includes my Trangia alcohol stove, homemade windscreen & pot stand, and matches. The Trangia holds up to 10oz of fuel; so an additional fuel bottle is not necessary. It does not hold my Snow Peak Titanium Spork, but GSI was counting on their foon to be a success. Other reviews note the pot will hold a small fuel canister, but not the PocketRocket, unless the ends are ground down a bit. Some canister stoves appear to fit.

After cooking on this pot several times (with my Trangia), I've noticed no scorching or signs of wear. One review I read was from a guy who used this cookset 50 straight days. His picture showed the pot looking nearly new. GSI gives this pot a lifetime manufacturer's warranty.

The LID:

I love this feature. Turned upside down, it serves as a pot lid to aid in boiling water faster. Flipped back upright, and you have a sippy lid that 1) keeps you from spilling your meal/coffee all over camp, and 2) allows you to start your morning hike with a Cup of Joe in hand. It also helps to keep your food or beverage hot for a long time, and you don't burn your lips on a scalding piece of titanium.

One word of warning: when the lid is snapped on, it tends to swell a bit. So it's important to make sure the lid is upside down as you use it for a pot lid.

The Koozie / Coozie:

Here is a serious advantage over a titanium pot. The koozie keeps the food / water hot for an exceptionally long time, without the need to burn your fingers to a crisp when you handle it.

One NEGATIVE to the koozie: It is grey, like the pot (with a few decorative orange stripes). One thru-hiker posted that after a long, tiring day, she abscent-mindedly put her pot on the stove with the koozie still on it. Of course, she then had a ruined koozie and a rubbery mess on her stove. I know what it's like to roll into a camp site so tired that I could barely think straight to pitch my tarp. So I empathize with her accident. I could see an advantage in making the koozie orange (with a few decorative grey stripes) to avoid this problem.

A second NEGATIVE is the koozie is very snug. So much so that sometimes I have to really work the pot down into it. Of course, a koozie is suppose to be snug to do its job, BUT when I'm holding a cup of boiling hot water, I don't want to fight the koozie it is meant to fit in. This is the reason I marked the cookset down half a star.

The Pot Gripper:

This lightweight and rubbery "gripper" eliminates the need for a handle (in conjunction with the koozie). There is a magnet to attach it to your fuel canister while you cook to avoid misplacing it, a worthless feature when using an alcohol stove, but still a nice touch.

I do have concerns that the gripper might melt in the open flame of a alcohol stove, where you can't shut it off (like a canister stove). No problems yet, but I am mindful of this risk.

The Foon (Fork/Spoon):

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Someone at GSI actually thought backpackers would appreciate this thing!

In theory, this is a cool idea, and it looks very nice in the picture. But it's flimsy, and it's too short! I wouldn't trust this in the backcountry.

Here is a video using my GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset with a homemade foil packet dinner (similar to something from Mountain House Foods). I have a few more comments below:


As you can see, you really need both hands free to make it work smoothly, but I was able to do it with one hand. It was difficult to pull back out of the koozie with just one hand, and that goes back to my snugness comments.


SUMMARY:

I'm sure there are some who would say the GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset is still too heavy and complicated. They'd prefer to spend $75 on a Titanium cup in order to shave 2oz; and they probably don't have any feeling left in their lips after burning them off.

For $28, I don't see the need to look elsewhere for a "better" system. I don't think you'll find one for that price.

2

Great for 1 person, good for 2 people, this pot handles…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20

Summary

Great for 1 person, good for 2 people, this pot handles both your dinner and your morning coffee while being extremely light and durable. Fits around 24 oz water, 18 safely for boiling.

Lightweight cozy and the silicone grips complete this set for any backcountry person looking for a light cooking solution.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Silicone grips are really useful
  • Pod lit doubles as sippy cup lid
  • Keeps food warm for a long time

Cons

  • Spork is useless, breaks after one use

After three years, I still use my pot on every backcountry outing. I've made oatmeal, couscous, quinoa, tea, coffee and even have eaten backcountry lasagna in it, and it's always been pleasurable to use and clean.

The silicone grips are extremely light, but fit my lighter and a dried/compressed sponge for cleaning inside while stored. The lid still holds after years of use, and it makes boiling water a breeze by covering the pot (put the lid sippy part down so you can remove it easily!)

My one complaint would be that the cup is extremely well insulated with the cozy and the lid, so I have to wait extra time for my coffee/tea to cool down... Oh wait, that's not a bad thing :)

Boiling 12 oz of water with MSR PocketRocket in this thing takes around 5-6 minutes. Silicone grips make it very easy to transfer it into the cozy, from which I can pour it anywhere. 

I've tried using the spork once, and it's supposed to be a slide/collapsible spork, which breaks immediately.

2

This is a great lightweight cook set, if you have…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $22

Summary

This is a great lightweight cook set, if you have the right type of stove to accommodate the small 4.2 inch diameter.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Lid for sipping
  • Insulating sleeve

Cons

  • Does not fit all stoves
  • Telescoping foon/spork is fragile


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I have recently discovered that I am no longer the young guy who can haul 80 lbs in his pack for a week long adventure. Therefore I have started downsizing on gear trying to find a way to make my adventures a little more pleasant. My first ultra-lite purchase was the Haulite Minimalist cook set. This cook set was a good idea, but I think I have the wrong stove to compliment this cook set.

Specs.

This set weighs only 6.3 oz. it stands 4.6 inches tall and is 4.2 wide. It comes with a telescoping foon/spork, a silicone magnetic gripper that only takes two fingers to use, a lightweight insulating sleeve, and a sipper lid. The lid can be flipped upside down to assist with faster boiling times or you can use it up right to sip you coffee or tea.

The Goods

Haulite is super lightweight and distributes the heat evenly. The size is perfect for cooking Rice-a-Roni or similar type meals. This makes it the perfect cook set for 1 man cooking. The material used is abrasion resistant and is easily cleaned with sand or snow. With this system you have a bowl, cup and pot all in one.

The Bad

While the telescoping fork was a great idea you have to be very gentle with them or the foon will slide right of the track. The track itself breaks pretty easily. If you’re rough on gear like I am I suggest leaving the foon at home.

The diameter is barely too small to accommodate my MSR Whisperlite. It will work if you are super careful but the slightest bump can leave you food all over the ground.

Conclusion

I would highly recommend this set if you have the right stove. I would imagine it would work great with most canister type, or alcohol stoves. It cooks fast and evenly. The insulating is a great bonus feature for sipping on cocoa in the middle of winter.

My only real complaint would be the foon. I actually liked the idea of the telescoping foon so much that after I broke the first one I ordered another and tried too be really careful, but I have come to the conclusion I am hard on gear and that is to fragile of a system to be in my hands.

2

This is about the perfect solo trail kitchen out there…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $28

Summary

This is about the perfect solo trail kitchen out there for those looking for an all-in-one solution. I only took off a half star because the included spoon is very cheap and now sits in the bottom of a gear tub in my garage. Rather, I use the Vargo folding Ti spork.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Good heat transfer
  • Can fit entire kitchen in the cup

Cons

  • Included spoon is flimsy

The kit is designed to be used with a compact canister stove like a WhisperLite, but I use it with my homemade cat food can alcohol stove. With this configuration, I can fit my entire kitchen in the pot: titanium foil windscreen (Suluk46, cut down to fit), stove, pot grabber, lighter (mini-Bic), spork (Vargo Ti folding spork) and collapsible mug (Sea to Summit X-mug).

I find the pot conducts heat better than the titanium cookware out there and weighs about the same. It's the perfect size to cook a box of mac and cheese — it really is meant for one. If cooking for a group you'll want something else. In the mornings, it's perfect for a cup of coffee and some oatmeal.

The pot is well constructed. The lid is quite well thought out and even includes the helpful tip to flip it over when cooking so it doesn't get stuck on my a vacuum as the pot contents cool. The pot grabber has an embedded magnet which is designed to stick to the side of a fuel canister. Not applicable to my setup but thoughtful design nonetheless. Since I bought mine I think they redesigned the cozy a little bit, adding reinforcement to the top to increase durability, but I've not had an issue with mine.

I've used this kit on several hikes in Colorado and not been disappointed.

2

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $20

1

Awesome set. I have used this on every backpacking…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $28

Summary

Awesome set.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Sturdy
  • Perfect size for dehydrated meals
  • Mug lid and insulated slave are handy

Cons

  • "Telescoping foon" a little flimsy

I have used this on every backpacking trip I've gone on for the past year and a half and really like it. I had to modify my MSR PocketRocket with a grinder to get it to fit inside with a 3.5oz Jetboil canister, the foon, and potholder.  I often switch between the PocketRocket and a Vargo Triad.

With the Triad I can fit the stove, wind shield, pot holder, foon, priming cap, 3.2 oz bottle of fuel and lighter all inside.  It is very durable, heats quickly and cools quickly as well. The insulating sleeve will keep tea or coffee hot for a long time, and the lid works great both as a drinking lid for use as a mug, but a lid while boiling.

The pot holder works well and is light enough to be worth bringing even if you're counting ounces. 

G00SE MODERATOR

Can you elaborate on "modifying" your Pocket Rocket?


1 year ago
HikesWithHendrix

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1 year ago
HikesWithHendrix

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1 year ago
HikesWithHendrix

I just ground down/rounded off the corners of the pot stand arms. They aren't useful on a pot larger than 4.5 inches in diameter anyway. Hopefully this helps.


1 year ago
HikesWithHendrix

And now that I think about it I don't think its an MSR pocketrocket but actually a clone I got on eBay a while back. Identical side by side except the MSR has cutouts in the center of the top part of the pot stand arms, which shouldn't effect the ability to perform this modification.


1 year ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Okay, thanks.


1 year ago
1

Great cookset for 1 or 2. Versatile cookset looks…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

Summary

Great cookset for 1 or 2.

Pros

  • Size
  • Nesting
  • Quality

Cons

  • Spoons are flimsy

Versatile cookset looks built to last. Huge pot holds enough water for 3 dinners.

1

Awesome little set. Super-lightweight and compact.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $23 (on sale)

Summary

Awesome little set. Super-lightweight and compact. Get the right stove and fuel canister, and it can all fit inside! The insulation sleeve protects your hands from the hot really well, and the little mitt works well when you figure out you're supposed to put two fingertips inside it.

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Spork is a little awkward

This thing is super-sweet. I love that everything fits inside (if you get the right size fuel canister and stove). I use Snow Peak Giga Power 4oz fuel canister and a small, cheap stove I purchased on amazon.

The insulation sleeve protects your hands from the hot really well and keeps the contents warm, but just watch your finger on the bottom: there's a hole and the metal is hot (learned that one the hard way).

Seems to be made of quality materials and should last. Spoon is a little awkward in the way it goes together. Otherwise, it's a great product at a reasonable price.

1

Love having purchased this. It's light, packs everything…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $18

Love having purchased this. It's light, packs everything inside and I don't have to rely on anyone else for cooking. It's great as a backup and I never leave home without it even if I'm not providing meals for the group. Inside I pack a canister of fuel, my Brunton Raptor (tried the Pocketrocket, but like how the Brunton packs better in it), and all the accessories.

The silicone holder works great and the magnet sticks like glue so you don't lose the thing. The flipping lid is so novel a concept, I love it.

Only complaint with the lid is the silicone gasket which can be a wee-bit tricky to get the lid on there when storing everything because it can slip a bit if not on right. But by the 3rd use you'll have no problems getting used to this.

Keeps everything hot and the sleeve allows you to keep your hands warm but you can hold the mug with boiling water with no problems.

A little tip for the canister, I wrap the edge of the base with electric tape to prevent scratching the insides of the Minimalist.

For the money, the weight savings, the ultra-compact size, there's nothing been better for me.

1

This mug/pot is perfect! It's small and light yet…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $17.99

This mug/pot is perfect! It's small and light yet has a short wide shape so it will never tip and has plenty of room for storing a 110g fuel can, pot gripper, tele-foon and "rocket" style stove.

The pot gripper seemed a little sketchy to me, but upon actually using it it's a genius idea. You can use it for all your handle-less pots and pans. We have 2 that we bring and mainly use as our coffee mugs, but they work perfect for solo meals, fast heat up, fast cool down, lightning clean up. The insulated sleeve lets you hold the pot when its practically on fire.

We also use the GSI Dualist for larger meals, using the minamalist as the mugs and the dualist bowls as plates, a perfect combination. For what's out there (35$ titanium mugs and nothing included) these are worth their weight in gold.

300winmag

Two things I don't like about this cookset:


1 year ago
300winmag

Two things I don't like about this cookset:


1 year ago
300winmag

1. For maximum efficiency the pot should be wider than it is tall.


1 year ago
300winmag

2. the pot lid should be made to serve as both a fry pan and a plate. As a "mug" it fails. Would YOU want to drink from that lid?


1 year ago
0

I'd recommend it to a friend. I like this pot. I use…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30?

Summary

I'd recommend it to a friend.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Good quality

Cons

  • The included plastic spork

I like this pot. I use it with my denatured alcohol can stove, stand, and windscreen setup, and it works great. It can boil 2 cups of water in a few minutes, though I usually only need to boil 1. It comes with a cozy, a rubber pot holder, a telescoping plastic spork, and a double sided lid.

I like the cozy. It's made as light as possible, and does the trick. At first it fits a little snug, but after some use it loosens up.

The rubber pot holder is made of melt resistant rubber, and has a magnet inside of it for quickly attaching/unattaching to things. It does the trick.

The telescoping plastic spork is a nice back-up option, but plastic breaks and it seems cheap. I ditched it and carry a titanium "light my fire" spork.

The plastic lid has a rubber gasket around the outside for a nice tight fit for when you use the pot as a cup, and it holds the heat in great when combined with the cozy. When used for cooking, just turn the lid upside down so that it just sits on top (it fits loosely for easy removal) and it helps hold heat in.

At first I was a little concerned with the gasket around the outside of the lid melting during cooking. When i used my alcohol stove on windy days, the flame would come up between the pot and the heatshield/windscreen and hit the rubber on the lid. So far there has been no heat damage.

I store my stove, stand, lighter and pot holder inside the pot with the lid on (with room to spare), and the windscreen around the outside of the cozy.