Gear Review

GSI Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

GSI Pinnacle Backpacker CooksetI initially reviewed this product on REI after owning it for a little while. GSI Outdoors makes incredibly functional (and good-looking) products. After much use, it has proven to be an invaluable cookset and we would recommend it to anyone.

What We Like:
GSI put a lot of thought into this set. Every aspect was well thought out. The fry pan and pot cleaned up very well and cooked nicely on my Primus Yellowstone stove (note: the pot doesn’t balance well with the handle extended if there’s nothing in it). The cups/bowls were a perfect size for eating. It’s not often that we need a strainer on our trips but that plastic is tough as nails and the heat doesn’t cause any warping, melting, etc.

The best part? I can pack my Primus stove, a foot stand, a MSR Mugmate coffee filter (also recommended… if you’re a coffee fanatic) all inside (which is a huge bonus when you’re trying to pack a kayak). And, there is plenty more space inside the cups for spices, kitchen items, etc.

The fry pan has proven durable. I expected it to hold up better than the lower end Bugaboo backpacker. It does carry the expected scratches but it’s held up quite nicely after repeated use. I don’t use the wash basin (since we’re always near water) but I assume it works just fine.

Full Disclosure:
I ordered this online since our local REI doesn’t carry this particular model but I was able to get the gist of it when comparing it to the Bugaboo. In-store, the wash basin holds the whole set together with a buckle. When I received the set, the wash basin connector was velcro (odd considering the box showed a buckle), which for my purposes is completely useless. Kayaking + sand & dirt + velcro = slow death. I had to contact GSI (call, emailing doesn’t work) for a replacement wash basin with a buckle.

The Final Word:
Great value for a well thought out system. There is plenty of extra storage and let’s face it, it’s a very good looking system.

Key Info:
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoors
Weight: 28.2 ounces
Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 inches

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