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MSR BlackLite Classic Cookset

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

The BlackLite Classic Cookset has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best pots and pans for 2024.

photo: MSR BlackLite Classic Cookset pot/pan

The MSR BlackLite cookset is a low priced entry model cook-set that does not disappoint. This cook-set includes:
1.5- and 2-liter pots, fitted lid, PanHandler pot lifter, reusable stuff sack and Packtowl to separate pots.
Total weight is just over 1 pound and packs to 7.75" x 3.6".
Great for two- to three-person backpack trips.
Great beginner cook-set


  • Lightweight
  • Non-stick
  • Packs well
  • 2 Pack towels included


  • Scratches easily
  • Warps
  • Teflon burns off
  • No fry pan
  • Pot lifter use damages paint and Teflon

I received this cookset from my father when I first got into backpacking. At the time all I had was a collection of random old school aluminum pots and pans that had been handed down from my father's early backpacking days.

The first use the cookset got was at Eightmile Lake in the Washington Enchantments. In one pot frying up some canned chicken in olive oil and in another cooking rice and butter.

The first thing I noticed was that I had to devote a lot of attention when frying anything as to not burn the Teflon. Another thing I found right off the bat was that the pot lifter was scratching the pots. After all cooking was done for the night cleanup was a breeze and the included pack towels were very useful.

I have been using these pots for about 2 1/2 years now and still love them, yes they are starting to look a bit haggard but with proper care they will last a while longer.


Source: received it as a personal gift

It is an aluminum pot, there is not much else to say. The not stick coating is easily scratched and has bubbled up all over my pot. The pot lifter leaves large scratches in the coating if you are lifting your pot with more than a cup of water in it. I am in the process of looking for a lighter pot, and probably will be looking at Titanium and something uncoated because I'm tired of eating it.

Price Paid: $40

I got this set for my birthday. I really liked it, they are light and easy to use! The only prob is the non stick surface, easy to scratch. But I use plastic spoons and haven't had a problem.

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