MSR Alpinist 2 System

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Total Weight 23.2 ounces (657 g)
Packed Size 7.75 x 4.75 inches (19.69 x 12.07 cm)



Great starter set, lightweight and resistant, nests…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $85


Great starter set, lightweight and resistant, nests well.


  • Lightweight
  • Nesting
  • Rugged
  • Built-in strainer


  • Poorly insulated mugs

This is a nice starter set for the backpacking duo that likes to eat well on the trail. The pot is great and lightweight, the handle and lid work well, using the strainer can be a little tricky but works. I really like the anodized aluminum, it doesn't have a teflon or non-stick coating that I have to worry about, but it is also easy to clean.

The plastic plates/bowls are ok, good for runny chili and pasta with sauce, not ideal for soup. The mugs are nice for coffee/tea but awkward for soup or oatmeal because of the shape. The mugs are slightly insulated but nothing like a traditional insulated mug.

The foam cover can come off for cleaning at home but is tricky to get back on. There is a little bit of space left inside to allow for utensils and camp soap.  

We also have one of the MSR Flex Skillets that the pot nests in; the pair of cooking pans allows us to make just about everything, from chili and potatoes to pancakes and bacon. We primarily use this set for backpacking. It has held up well. I make a lot of my own dehydrated meals and the pot is key! I can see myself replacing the plates in another season or two.  

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Manufacturer's Description

This ultralight, high-volume 2-person cook system is for extended journeys where basic meals with minimum prep and melting snow are the norm. The pot also has room to include a third mug or a small stove.

(1) 2.4L Hard anodized aluminum pot
(1) Strainer Lid
(1) Talonr Pot Handle
(2) Polypropylene DeepDish Plates
(2) 12.5 fluid ounce (370 ml) Insulated Mugs with Lids

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Retailers' Descriptions

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MSR Alpinist 2 Cooking SystemEnjoy a delicious meal on your journeys with the MSR Alpinist 2 Cooking System. This fantastic new product features high-grade materials that deliver long-lasting performance on your travel adventures. This cooking system is built with hardanodized aluminum construction, ensuring durability and providing the ideal performance you need when cooking. It allows you to melt snow and boil water faster, so you don't have to spend long hours waiting until you can get fresh water to drink your hot beverages. This product comes with full-featured cooking and eating system for two, letting you enjoy all kinds of delicious meals when you are out hiking, camping or enjoying long-distance journeys by yourself, or with your partner. It comes with double-wall insulated mugs, so you can enjoy that fantastic morning cup of coffee or a hot chocolate, while enjoying the view. It also comes with DeepDish plates for your convenience. Go ahead and rely on the amazing performance of the new MSR Alpinist 2 Cooking System.

- SunnySports

Mugs, plates, and a pot for cookingthe MSR Alpinist 2 System has all the basics for melting snow or whipping up a quick meal on the trail. Aluminum and polypropylene materials keep all the components light, and the nesting storage design gives this system a small footprint inside your pack. Eat like a king whether you're a solo backpacker with a big appetite or a pair of backpackers keeping things simple.


The MSR Alpinist 2 Cook System is an ultralight backcountry cooking set for two. Cook system comes complete with 2.4 liter hard anodized aluminum pot, strainer lid, Talon pot handle, a pair of DeepDish plates, and two double-wall insulated stainless steel mugs with lids. 2.4 liter aluminum pot with strainer lid and Talon pot handle is incredibly strong and exceptionally lightweight. Modular design allows cups and plates to nest inside, saving valuable pack space. Get a cookset and save on fumbling for pots and pans before every trip. A good MSR two person cookset makes everything easier and more fun in the backcountry. Weight: 1 lbs 6.6 oz / 641 g. Packed Size: 7.75 x 4.75 in / 19.7 x 12.1 cm. Made in Thailand

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

Free Shipping. MSR Alpinist 2 System FEATURES of the MSR Alpinist 2 System (1) 2.4L Hardanodized aluminum pot with strainer lid (2) polypropylene DeepDish Plates (1) Talon pot handle (2) Insulated Mugs and room for a third mug or a stove SPECIFICATIONS of the MSR Alpinist 2 System Weight: 22.6 oz / 641 g Dimension: 7.75 x 4.75in. / 19.7 x 12.1 cm

- Moosejaw