I actually bought the Ketalist for the kettle – I didn't pay attention to the nesting bowl, cup, spoon until I opened up the package. I was so happy to find a well-designed, backpacking tea kettle!
With the prevalence of freeze-dried, rehydrate-in-the-pouch camping food, this little cookset is very functional. The kettle is a lightweight hard-anodized aluminum (better heat conductor than stainless steel) with a nice wide base – it boiled water as fast as a covered pot and of course, it was a lot easier to pour. Filled to just below the spout, the kettle holds 750 mL of water (just under 3 ½ cups) – that's plenty of water for a 2 cup meal and a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate.
The nesting bowl and cup are pretty slick – the bowl and cup both have 4-8-12 oz (100-200-300-400 mL) markings on the side. I used the bowl to cook 2 packs of instant oatmeal and I used the cup to make instant coffee and hot chocolate (the lid "snaps-on" and it doesn't leak). I really like the cup – it's so nice to have a hot beverage in camp, and it doesn't take up any extra space in my pack (and it stays clean). Like anything made out of plastic, they get hot when filled with boiling water, but they keep their shape and they wash up easily. The little neoprene cozy is a good idea – it comes on and off easily for washing (it does smell pretty "rubbery" but I washed mine and the smell went away) and I haven't had any trouble with it rolling against the bowl when nesting. I like the nesting bowl and cup so much, I think I'm going to use it for car camping as well.
I'm not a big fan of "foons/sporks" so didn't use the collapsible spoon, but I think as long as you remember to slide (not bend) it open – it doesn't feel particularly "flimsy" to me.
My only complaint about this set is the storage pouch is rather strange – the bottom half (up to the spout) is nylon and the top half (up to the handle brackets) is mesh. Maybe this is a weight-saving design, but it seems strange that they wouldn't make the pouch big enough to cover the entire kettle and cinch at the top. I made my own storage sack out of multi-towel fabric and used it as my kitchen camp towel.
I like Ketalist so much, I've decided to get the Halulite Dualist cookset as well. If I could do it over, I probably would have purchased the Dualist and then the HAE kettle (Item # 768513) separately because I usually camp with my husband.
Best kettle out there
This is definitly the best lightweight kettle out there and easy to clean, however is does have some flaws. The plastc surrounding the handle of the cover and the handle to the pot does melt in open flames. Although, for those who are new to camping it would not be obvious as the person I was with did not know that. So treat it like you would a pot or pan in an open flame place a gridlle underneath, cast iron better. The kettle does not come with the spout cover that makes a regular kettle whistle to let you know that the water is done. You have to pay attention to see if vapor is coming out to know it is done, many times I have boiled the water compeletly out of the kettle. I understand why it comes without a spout cover, so that you do not disturb others late at night boiling water with the annoying whistle, however, that also means the water takes longer to boil. If GSI found a way to not make such an annoying whistle so that it can cook faster and let you know the water is boiling I would give it 5 stars. And, yes get the combo kettle and cup. The cup is great! It is really two cups one bigger than the other, so it is stacked: bigger cup, insulation piece, smaller cup with cover. They can be both used as a bowl or mug, but the cover only fits on the smaller one and so does the insulation so it all depends what you want to keep hot and what you want to keep cold that determines which you are going ot use for food and which for liquids. Do not store food or liquids in either dish or mug for it will leak if your store it with food and packit in your bag, it is more for use at basecamp or to pack with you as utensils to use after you have cooked on trail. The Spork is great and sturdy as well.
The GSI Ketalist Cookset
I first layed eyes on the GSI Ketalist Cookset, on a Buscraft site, originated in man in Africa, Adminitrated by folks inAfrica, Canada, the United States, (snd other various places through out the world). I instantly fell for the Ketalists looks, and inquired the others on the site, then went to REI (on-line. The next minute, I was on my way to REI in Olympia, WA., and was soon the joyous owner of the Ketalist kit....Impressed, to say the least! This GSI Ketalist Cooking Kit, fills all my needs, as for long, light weight travel in the forests around the Pacific N.W.. The weather here can change rapidly, and being able to cook food,or just boil water in a few minutes, is a very important consideration, and with the Ketalist, this is not a problem, due to the anodized aluminum construction, which allows rapid, even heating of the contents within the kettle.
I endorse the Halulite Ketalist Cooking Set so much, I have purchased five so far, as to send them as gifts to folks as far away as New Zealand, and all have great reviews, and their respective Ketalist Kits have now become a staple, within their backpacks. We now have what we named, "The Ketalist Club", and every couple of months, one is gifted with one, and this little kettle has enriched a number of our members lives in the field.
Now, when I sit back and think on it....Six individuals, on four different continents, and ALL not only think highly of this wonderfully compact kit, it has become a centerpiece of their gear, as is mine. I, as they, have used open fires, Esbit Stoves, Alcohol Stoves of various brands to heat their water, or cook foods, and this durable, easy to clean, light weight Kit is simply a functional piece of art. Don't take my word for it, just go purchase your own, and be very happy!
It's so cute, I want to die!
This thing is sweet. I bought it in conjunction with a Biolite stove, and the combination couldn't be better The Kettle fits perfectly with the stove. Yes, you can't put the kettle on a roaring fire with the handle in the down position, or the rubber will melt. You also can't put the plastic spork in the fire. You also shouldn't run with scissors. It's common sense, really.
The handle on my kettle stayed perfectly locked in the upright position. On top of the stove, the kettle was very stable, and looked awesome to boot. The colors matched perfectly. Water boiled quickly.
The cup has measurements to make it easy to put the right amount of water in your kettle, and the spout poured into my dehydrated food pouches easily. The only problem is if you fill the kettle to it's 1 L limit, you'll probably lose some water as it boils. Not a huge deal, unless you boil 1 L a lot. If you do, I'd get a bigger pot.
Keep in mind, the lid doesn't fit snugly. Be careful emptying the water from the kettle; you've got to keep a finger on the lid so it doesn't fall off. Fortunately there's a bit of heat resistant coating on the lid handle as well so you don't get burnt.
All in all, I enjoyed this setup. I think the mesh bag may not stand up well, as the edges of the kettle handle may rip it. But otherwise, it was a great set. Oh, and I didn't even bother with the spork. It just looked silly, when so many other awesome alternatives exist.
GSI: good job
The GSI Soloist did not work out, for me. The instructions packed inside reported the lid would not withstand the heat. The overall size was big for the outside side pocket of my backpack. I never used it.
However, the form-factor and overall dimentions of the GSI Ketalist is perfect for the outside net pocket on the back of my backpack.
As far as I am concerned, GSI has "got it right" with the Ketalist and the Minimalist.
I purchased both.
The Ketalist has no sharp edges, reported about other types of tea-kettle.
The Halulite is a proven product. I think I could have problems with hot water deposits over time, but I will find out how to remove mineral deposits. There was no mention of this, in the instructions packaged in the box. GSI, however, is an excellent company, and so, I can expect help.
I like the fact, the GSI Ketalist and the GSI Minimalist have provided for add-hot-water meals, I have learned to love with "freezer bag cooking" because the bowl, neoprene and mug with lid, nest, making a container for insulated rehydration of backpacking meals in single portion: 14 oz.
The, 0.6 L capacity, GSI Minimalist has an insulating neoprene and lid (removable, washable silicone edge on the lid) to withstand the heat of preparing hot water used as directed.
I appreciate GSI providing for protection from soot, as well as, keeping everything together in one place.
This fast-heating, durable cookware is well-suited for my lightweight backpacking style.
Thank you, GSI.
I love this set!
I've been meaning to write this review for awhile! Last year I really got into rock climbing and it necessitated a lot more backpacking than I've done before... and backpacking camping. I've been purchasing lighter camping equipment designed for backpacking throughout the year and one of my first purchases was a cook set.
After scouring the REI and GSI site I made my way to my local REI store to tinker with the various nesting systems and decided on the Ketalist Cookset. As light and obviously convenient as the other nesting systems were (including the Dualist)- I knew that I really only wanted to carry my own gear since I had started doing some hikes solo (or at least, as the only person I knew!) and because most of us are pretty independent when it comes to packing for our trips. When I laid eyes on the Ketalist- it was perfect! Everything one person could need :)
I've used this on a few trips now and I still love it. The kettle makes for tidy pouring and it boils water very quickly. On the last day of one trip we escaped a downpour and I didn't have a chance to clean the set- then I forgot about it for almost a WEEK. No rust, nothing. Cleaned up perfectly! The kettle is pretty adorable looking sitting on the stove and I've had quite a few people comment on it- making it a great icebreaker a few times now when I didn't yet know anyone else on the trip.
This cookset is really great. The thin aluminum of the tea kettle is not only light, but extremely efficient due to its ability to conduct heat from the stove to the water in the kettle. The relatively large diameter of the bottom of the tea kettle also adds to its efficiency. Price is extremely good, especially when compared to titanium products that don't weigh much less than this aluminum product.
I use this cookset for 1-2 people. When there are two of us, one of us uses the bowl for hot drinks while the other uses the mug. We don't actually cook food, but just boil water for drinks and hydrating freeze-dried meals and freezer-bag meals.
The telescoping foon isn't great, but who cares. I use a folding titanium spork which I prefer.
I have had this set for 3 years and have used it backpacking and car camping for 3+ months. There are a few minor dings in the kettle which don't affect its performance.
I use this cookset with a Clikstand stove/pot stand and a Trangia alcohol burner. The Clikstand, Trangia and lighter all fit into the cookset for a compact set. This cookset works great with alcohol stoves because the kettle is thin and large diameter which makes the stove more efficient.
A Great Set and a Good Price!
This attractive cookware set went with us to Colorado for a 3 day camp. Its build is stable, strong and good looking. I think its metal construction material and build also enabled a faster cook time (1 minute for 2 cups water) with the Primus Yellowstone Classic Trail Stove http://www.rei.com/product/636832/primus-yellowstone-classic-trail-stove , a great combination. Its base fit perfectly on this stove for an incredibly stable cooking experience. The cups that come with the package are superb and with their measuring units, we were able to determine the water amount for our dried food. One cup had an insulator around it, keeping the hands cool, however, the other cup even without, did not get too hot, nor did it loose its heat to fast (we ate fast, anyhow). The foon left more to desire, yet its bonus was in its being able to be packed in with the cups. All of this fits right into the pot and then into the sturdy mesh pack, which appears to be able to last awhile as long as it is taken care of properly (respect your gear!). All in all, this cookware set helped shape the enjoyable experience we had in Colorado. I will be purchasing more of GSI's products for future backpacking!
I use this kettle set every trip. It seemed a little over kill at first because there is no reason you cant just boil water in your pot for a drink, however I never end up not using this thing. I find having a nice hot drink outside to be really refreshing and fun, and having this little kettle along is really really worth it. I suppose if you wanted you could just roll with the kettle alone which was not available all by its self when I first purchased mine, but I find my self using all of the kit every trip. It is a bit bulky so it might be less favorable for ultraminimalists who would rather have a snow peak or beer can pot, but I have heard of people carrying just this for their boil meals and water sanitation. If you like roll heavy and you cut on weight in other places, this kettle makes a nice addition to your pack, and to me worth the weight of having something that boils water well besides your potentially grimy pot. Thinking of a stainless one for my bug out kit.
Perfect fast water boiling!
After getting tired of spilling water with my old pot, I decided to give the kettle a try. All I can say is wow, so much better than a simple pot. The wide base is nice on my canister stoves as well as my white gas as all 3 stoves have fairly wide burners. I generally fill it all the way full and it still boils so fast that I'm usually scrambling to get my food and coffee lined up and ready.
My wife and four kids usually go with me resulting in our taking 2 different stove and pot set ups so that we have backup systems. My son takes his Jetboil Sol and this pot used with my canister is just as fast or faster.
Very light and the carry bag is nice. I like the nesting system for the bowl and cup but with my family we have to take a bunch of extras anyway.
If all or mostly all you do is boil water, this is perfect. That said, the opening is wide enough for some simple cooking and cleaning is very easy.