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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Cookset

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Pinnacle Dualist Cookset has been discontinued. It was replaced by the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist II.

photo: GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Cookset pot/pan

I was looking for the smallest and most complete two-person cookset I could find. I think I found it! The GSI Pinnacle Dualist has one of the most ingenious nesting arrangements available, making it ideal for backpacking, picnicking, or bicycling.


  • Tremendous space saving solution
  • Everything is in one place


  • Sporks are fragile
  • Plastic pot lid


Clever engineering allows one to have a decent size billy pot (1.8 liter) along with two insulated cups, two bowls, two sippy cup lids, and two folding sporks. There is still room for your 4oz (125 gram) or even a 8oz (250 gram) isopropyl fuel canister along with a PocketRocket type folding stove. I even managed to find room to add a mini-Bic lighter, book of paper matches, ferro rod, a cut down scrub pad, foil windscreen and a JetBoil fuel canister support stand.

All of this fits into a welded seam vinyl drawcorded stuff sack that doubles as a wash basin. The cookset nests securely and does not rattle or squeak when walking or riding.

Details include drain/strainer holes on the pot lid along with a silicon gasket for a tight seal. The sturdy folding pot handle is covered in silicone.

The pot itself is anodized aluminum with a non-stick interior coating. There are no measurement graduations on the pot but the cups are graduated. The cup lids fit securely on the cups keeping your beverage hot and reducing spills.

There may be some issues using the pot on an open wood fire. I would wonder how well the plastic pot lid and the silicone pot handle would fare, especially if one allowed large flames to extend over the sides of the pot. The plastic lid and its silicone seal do just fine when using a gas stove.

The GSI Pinnacle Dualist Cookset is a tremendously well engineered product that should find great utility and enjoyment amongst a wide spectrum of users. It really simplifies the process of selecting a two person cookset by offering tailored components, rather than spending extra time and money assembling a hodgepodge of components from multiple sources.

Happy Camping!

Here is everything that fits inside the GSI Pinnacle Dualist Cookset. Pretty amazing and super convenient to have everything all nested into one kit!


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $59.95

Compact, convenient, lightweight option for backpackers. A great product with a minor flaw...


  • Convienient
  • Compact
  • Durable


  • Handle melts if no cautious
  • Included sporks are useless.

My girlfriend and I purchased this product for a 6-day hike on the Northville-Placid Trail in NY (from Long Lake to Lake Placid....HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!). Throughout the journey this little pot met and exceeded all our expectations.

The capacity of this pot is perfect for two hungry hikers. This pot's non-stick surface worked well and clean up was a breeze. As for cooking performance, as a hobby/serious chef I can say that I didn't notice any hot spots from any poor design by the manufacturer.

The sporks, on the other hand, are terrible. They are so terrible in fact, that I believe they should have been left out of the package all together, because somewhere someone will rely on these sporks and will end up eating with their fingers. The bowls were nice, and the included neoprene cover made handling my morning cup 'o' mud a painless experience. We didn't really use the sink cover, but the couple times we did it worked just as it should have.

Overall, I'd say this system is an excellent product, and well worth the $40-60 (US).

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: ~ $50 US

For the last several years, I have been using an old German Army mess kit as my cookset. It was cheap, and quite simply, it worked. It was however, oddly shaped, making it hard to pack and just wasn't an efficient use of space in my pack.

Enter the GSI Pinnacle Dualist!

Having a pot, strainer lid, two collapsible "foons" (i.e. spork), two bowls (with measuring marks inside), two insulated mugs (also with measuring marks inside), two sip-it lids, and room for a fuel canister and stove in ONE PACKAGE, is really nice.

Coming from using an old Army surplus mess kit, to a cookset like this one, really feels like such a luxury. You've essentially got a camp kitchen with potentially "bowls" for up to four people.

A lot of times I find myself hiking, backpacking, and camping this event, I could leave one bowl, mug, and foon at home, leaving ample space for some food, coffee/tea, or spices. In the event that my wife comes out with me, we could have a meal in one hand and a hot drink in the other.

The pot's finish is smooth and even, the non-stick lining is a nice touch, and the pot and all included "dishes" dry quickly in the sun.

The pot handle is nice and sturdy, the pinch-and-fold lock is secure. The handle keeps everything together when stowed, good and tight.

All in all a great kit, very well designed, and quality manufacture. Highly recommended.

Price Paid: $59.95

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Price MSRP: $64.95
Historic Range: $31.93-$109.95
Reviewers Paid: $50.00-$64.95
Weight 21.6 oz
Dimensions 5.90 in x 6.40 in x 5.90 in
Materials Non-Stick Coated, Hard Anodized Aluminum, Clear Po
Includes 1.8 L Pot, Strainer Lid, 2 20 fl oz insulated mugs, 2 20 fl oz bowls, 2 Sip-It tops, 2 Telescoping Foons, Stove Bag, Welded Sink

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