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GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Cookset

user rating: 5 of 5 (6 reviews)

Compact, light and convenient. Perfect Trekkers cookset.

Reasons to Buy

  • Packable
  • Light
  • Comfortably accommodates 2
  • Scratch resistant
  • Packed with features

Reasons to Avoid

  • Flimsy and hard to clean sporks
  • Rubber handle can melt from liquid gas stoves (but not canister stoves)

I bought this a couple of years ago and fell in love with it! I'm able to pack my entire cooking setup without sacrificing more space in my pack! Everything nestles inside of itself nicely! What I like: Packable, lightweight 2 insulated cups with lids (I can finally leave the mug at home), 2 eating bowls, All plastic is BPA free! Strainer on pot lid, Integrated rubber handle (leave pot gripper at home). What I don't like: Flimsy and hard to clean spork. I replaced these with a Light My Fire utensil. Rubber handle can melt from larger stoves Wish I could store 2 canisters with my stove. All in all, I'll be buying more product from GSI in the future. I have my eyes on the Minimalist!

Read more: GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Cookset reviews (6)

Sea to Summit X-Pot 2.8L

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4 reviews)

A unique and innovative product to fill the niche of collapsible cookware, the 2.8 L X-Pot performs well as a pot for heating water and re-hydrating/cooking foods. It also serves additional functions as a water catchment/collection bucket, measuring device, and basin for chemically treating water and washing dishes. It is a bit on the heavy side at around 11 oz. and so is best suited for groups of two or more. It is also limited to use with backpacking stoves. If you like being able to cook on an open fire, this pot is not for you.

Reasons to Buy

  • Takes up less space in your pack when collapsed
  • Has the capaicty to boil up to 2 liters
  • Unique, specilized design

Reasons to Avoid

  • A bit heavy for a solo backpacker
  • In certain circumstances, not as efficient at boiling water as metal pots
  • Durability of silicone

Specs X-Pot: 8.4” dia. X 4.7” tall x 1.5” tall collapsed, 2.8 L capacity. The advertised weight is 10.2 oz but it was actually 11.8 oz on my scale…this included the lid. X-Bowl:  5” dia. (though I measured 6”) x 2.25” tall, 650 ml capacity, 2.9 oz. The bottom is solid and can be used as a cutting board. X-Mug: 4.5” dia. x 3.25” tall, 480 ml capacity (I measured only about 400 ml), 2.2 oz.  The mug has a solid rim which facilitates sipping (but not pouring). The mug and bowl set weigh a little over 5 oz; 5.9 oz if you include the complimentary storage bag.

Read more: Sea to Summit X-Pot 2.8L reviews (4)

GSI Outdoors Halulite Minimalist Cookset

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15 reviews)

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!

Reasons to Buy

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

Reasons to Avoid

  • 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.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Halulite Minimalist Cookset reviews (15)

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Everything two backpackers could ask for in a smartly-designed package (whose storage tub even serves a dual purpose). After camping with tubs full of kitchen gear, taking up entire seats of the car? We're more than thrilled with the small size and high level of functionality this cookset offers.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Well-organized
  • Compact
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only one folding pot/pan handle
  • Handle conducts heat

Back when I was out with my girlfriend on our very first car camping trip, we lugged-in an entire Rubbermaid tub full of kitchen cookware and utensils. It was large enough to take up a car seat, heavy enough to throw out a healthy back, and cumbersome enough to make the simplest meal frustrating. Something had to change.  When you look for a good cookset, you want something that solves the aforementioned problems.  This does. It is pictured above with my Crossover Kitchen Kit and a couple LMF sporks.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset reviews (3)

Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700

user rating: 5 of 5 (6 reviews)

A lightweight, titanium pot. Perfect volume for the solo backpacker. Volume measurements stamped inside. Small fuel canisters fit inside with room for small stoves.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Perfect volume for solo backpacker
  • Titanium is light and tough
  • Fuel canister and small stove fits inside
  • Lots of aftermarket accys

Reasons to Avoid

  • Lid is heavy, doesn't snap on, and has a hook that snags stuff in pack
  • Thin titanium is not best heat transfer for delicate cooking

Been using my old 600ml Snow Peak cup as my solo cookpot on my AT sections, but found it just a little small as my hunger got bigger. I like to boil enough water in the morning to fill my coffee cup and make oatmeal, and 600 ml just didn't cut it. I couldn't squeeze a fuel canister in it either, which adding to pack volume. I was also wishing it had some volume measurements in it to facilitating cooking stuff like rice, oatmeal, etc. Well, my birthday came around, and Mary got me a brand new Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 cookpot! I had researched it.

Read more: Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 reviews (6)

Top Kettle / Pot/Pan

GSI Outdoors Halulite Ketalist Cookset

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10 reviews)

Bulletproof, might be a word that one would think of when using one of these, and if not for a couple of minor details great would be another. So if you really like the form factor and can get past the bulk you will most likely love this kettle and maybe even the bowl and cup. I know I do.

Reasons to Buy

  • Wide bottom great for many stoves
  • Quick boil times/good heat conductivity
  • All you really need for freezer bag eating
  • Finish is great

Reasons to Avoid

  • Bulky and awkward for packing, but we are talking a genuine kettle here, folks
  • Foon aka fork spoon thingy with sliding handle
  • Weight

Gotta say I love my kettle and enjoy a spot of tea in the insulated cup, and the size of the kettle makes it so I can enjoy my tea and hydrate my meal with a single boil of water. If I'm using the bowl for a breakfast of oats or other hot cereal I usually have warm water to clean up the bowl and utensil. I believe the finish and durability to be second to none I've seen, and as a tea drinker I just like the idea of a kettle over my twig stove in the evening after a good walk or beside my hammock in the morning at breakfast.

Read more: GSI Outdoors Halulite Ketalist Cookset reviews (10)

Snow Peak Titanium Cook & Save

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Titanium Pot used for 3-4 people. Capacity advertised on Snow Peak website is 2 Liters (68 oz), though that's a bit generous even if that's to the rim. Usable capacity is 2 quarts (1.89L). Plastic lid looks to prevent waste, or at least cover the leftovers from the elements for awhile.

Reasons to Buy

  • Large enough for group cooking AND lightweight, 8 oz.
  • Can be used on gas stove and/or open fire
  • The pot-plastic lid-Ti lid fits tightly together
  • Folding handles sturdy and convenient
  • Measuring lines (oz and liters) are engraved
  • Supplies can be stored inside pot
  • Easy to clean
  • Mesh bag included

Reasons to Avoid

  • Titanium lid definitely cannot be used as a pan, but a hefty plate!
  • Likely will only use 1.5L of total pot capacity, or the water will overflow/food likely to spill... cooking yes, but saving no
  • This is really my fault... Cooked with it on the electric stove, and it now has an electric coil design on the inside. Continues to be safe and useful. Consider it a limitation of titanium.

I've had this for a month now, used it once, and can now speak to its features, design, and function. This is the largest titanium pot Snow Peak makes, which is probably for the three people and up crowd, too big for two people.   I was looking for something the family could use, which is two adults and three small kids. I looked at a few 1.5L pots, some stainless steel but eventually felt more comfortable with this dandy of a pot. As mentioned above, I will likely only fill it to the 1.5L line, which allows for an inch in case the water boils, or if I'm stirring some food.

Read more: Snow Peak Titanium Cook & Save reviews (2)

MSR Quick 2 Pot Set

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

All that I need from camping pots. They're very light, durable, non-stick, and compact—perfect kit from MSR!

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Non-stick
  • Smart compact design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Some plastic parts look flimsy

To be honest I never agreed with the idea of paying top dollar for a camping pot. I used to travel with a simple battered old aluminium pot I got for free with a van I bought while travelling in New Zealand. That pot served me for years, and it even had a lid you can lock to the pot. But every good thing comes to an end and I started to really worry about how much aluminium flakes I'm actually consuming with each meal :) Plus I really desired a non-stick cover to simplify the task of cleaning.

Read more: MSR Quick 2 Pot Set reviews (2)

Snow Peak Titanium Cook Set, 3Pcs

user rating: 5 of 5 (6 reviews)

Wonderful lightweight stove, a fast and light necessity for overnighters. Not meant for large meals.

Reasons to Buy

  • Small
  • Lightweight

Small and light are the two words to describe this set. Boil water, warm up some scrambled eggs. This cookset is very nice and will feed as many people as you would like, provided you have the patience for multiple boils. For my fast and light, I remove everything but the biggest pot and put my stove in it.   This set shoudl last you forever, cleans up easy, and looks very nice. I agree with the other reviewers, that the handle system is sufficiently durable and stable. Just don't expect this to perform like a calphalon pan.  

Read more: Snow Peak Titanium Cook Set, 3Pcs reviews (6)

Snow Peak Ti-Mini Solo Combo

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11 reviews)

If you freezer bag cook, re-hydrate, or make one pot meals, this could be exactly what you're looking for. I've used the Mini Solo as my go-to cook set for over a year now and highly recommend it for a lightweight pot and cup set. It works great on my alcohol stove, twig stove, and Jetboil and can be used over a fire with caution. It packs well and performs great when freezer bag cooking or for one-pot meals.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Size and capacity
  • Durability
  • Volume measurements

Reasons to Avoid

  • Non-insulated handles
  • Lid handle does not lock upright
  • Only 1 lid

Size & Weight The Mini Solo cook set in its stuff sack weighs in at 5.6 oz. and measures 5.25" tall and 4" in diameter. The pot weighs 3 oz., the cup weighs 1.6 oz., and the lid weighs it at .8 oz. and the stuff sack weighs .4 oz. My scale is not precise on the low end of the spectrum What’s in the box? One 830 ml/29 oz. pot with no volume markings. One 330 ml/11 oz. cup with volume markings of 100, 200, & 300 ml and 4, 6, 8, & 10 ozs. One lid that fits in the lip of the pot and sits atop the cup.

Read more: Snow Peak Ti-Mini Solo Combo reviews (11)

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