User Review: Optimus Terra Cookset
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50 at charity auction.
A decent cookset for multiple people, if weight is not a primary consideration for you.
- Lots of options
- Packs into itself
- Takes up a lot of pack space
- Teflon coated
I bought this set several years ago at a charity auction. My primary motive was to support the charity, but I was looking for a cookset of my own, having previously relied on an old Boy Scout mess kit.
My initial impressions were the quality of construction and the way the set nests down into itself. There was plenty of room to add my windscreen and Trangia alcohol stove, lighter, folding spatula and spoon, and a few spices. Sitting at my kitchen table, playing with the packing, I felt I had grabbed the ultimate deal.
Cookset nested in its case. They have since redesigned this weighty case.
Of course, what works in the kitchen...
On my first solo weekend trip, I found myself sitting with my 40lb pack thinking, "Why do I need all this stuff?" I really only needed one pot, the other stuff seemed superfluous. After that trip, I began jettisoning parts of the set quickly.
The smaller pot is Teflon coated. I've read too much scary stuff about Teflon to want it. So I stopped carrying that pot altogether. The frying pan makes a nice "lid" to hold everything in, but, again, it's Teflon, and it wasn't being utilized well. The pot grabber is nice and light, but it's single purpose. I cut more weight by simply using the small multitool in my pocket to take the pot off the stove.
Stock image of the plastic pot gripper.
This past March I did a week-long trip with a buddy in Shawnee National Forest. We ended up only carrying the biggest pot from this set, and portions of the MSR Alpine Kitchen Set. In the end, that set up served us well, but I'm already looking for options to make our cookset lighter.
I'm keeping this set for the days when my young kids and I go on short backpacking trips, but for 1-2 person excursions, I have my eye on some lighter options.