Great For Ultra Lighters
I bought this product at the Sacramento REI for use in the Sierra of Northern CA. It comes with the pot, a lid, a pot cozy, a rubber pot lifter, and a telescoping spork(foon). GSI calls the metal of the pot Halulite, but it is essentially anodized aluminum. I use it for lightweight backpacking in conjunction with a Zelph Stoveworks Alcohol Venom Super Stove. Freaky looking stove, shaped like a ring with no center, but it works great in this application. You need a stove with a tight flame pattern for this pot because the pot is only 4.2 inches across the bottom. I do freezer bag cooking, so I mostly use the pot to boil water, however it can double as a mug for tea/coffee. The supplied pot cozy is very effective at keeping drinks warm. The pot comes with a unique and effective orange rubber pot lifter with a built in magnet that you could attach to the concave bottom of a canister stove cartridge and store both in the pot. Even though it would be easy to lose the pot lifter, it is a good solution for me because I prefer a handle-less pot. I can fit my stove, pot lifter, windscreen, Mini Bic, telescoping spork, (GSI calls it a foon,) and fuel bottle with enough fuel for three days, in the pot. My long handled REI titanium spoon for the freezer bags does not fit in the pot, but that is just basic physics. The lid is very tight fitting, and it stays on inside the pack without a rubber band or stuff sack. The lid can be hard to remove in the tight position, but I find if I pinch the pot around the top like a gorilla, the lid comes off easier. When boiling water or cooking, the lid is turned upside down to the loose position to prevent heat damage to the flexible seal on the lid. This aluminum pot is a little heavier than titanium, but at 1/3 the cost, it's a viable alternative for the frugal backpacker. This is a well thought out, useful, and cost effective cookset for the individual lightweight backpacker. The only slight criticism I have is that there are no measuring marks,(at least I can't see any), but they would be hard to see on the dark metal in any case, and I have learned to estimate the volume. Good job GSI.
Darn near perfect!
I needed a pot to boil water for freeze dried meals when I do the wonderland trail this year. I'm doing the trail in 4 days so weight was and functionality were important. The great thing about this set is that it is only 6 ounces all together, and it doubles as a cup with a sip lid and neoprene sleeve meaning I can also have a cup of tea without having to bring an extra cup. The "foon" (most of us would call it a "spork") is neat, though seems slightly flimsy, is remarkably handy.
The price was excellent in my opinion. It might be nice to see a titanium version of this pot to save even more weight, but of course, the trade off would be a more expensive pot, which I personally can't afford right now.
I tested this pot yesterday on a 22 mile day hike in Mt. Rainier NP. I use an alcohol stove I made out of a can of compressed air. It sat very well on the stove and is just the right size that the flames cradled the bottom round edges just right. Use the gripper to pick up the pot and slide in the sleeve. Much easier to handle that way.
As far as the lid is concerned, it does fit tight, meaning no leaks! It may be somewhat difficult to get off but let me give you this tip: holding the pot with both hands on either side of the pot, use your thumbs to press the plastic portion (not the rubber seal) of the lid in a horizontal and slightly up direction and it will come off reasonably well.
In conclusion, if you're looking for simplicity and functionality along with weight efficiency and low cost, this is a must buy for a soloist.
Is this cookset as cool as a titanium setup? I may never know considering that you can spend double or triple the price of the Minimalist on a comparable Snowpeak, Evernew, or MSR titanium setup. The value you get out of this kit is amazing and that's what sold it for me.
It functions very well. I have rehydrated oatmeal, ramen noodles, and dehydrated meals with it using the cozy and it works great. It keeps drinks warm for almost an hour when you use it as a mug. See my video posted here for more info and a demo that it can sufficiently rehydrate a meal.
GSI designed this for use with a canister stove, but in my opinion canister stoves are bush league. I use an alcohol stove and it works perfectly.
It's not the lightest cookset you can buy. But honestly, you can shed grams off your pack elsewhere for cheaper, in my opinion (such as using an alcohol stove instead of a heavy canister stove).
So picture this. It's the zombie apocalypse. I'm boiling water to sterilize it with my Minimalist while you all have your fancy titanium pots. A hoard of zombies show up. I have thirty bucks worth of ammo with the money I saved. You all have pots that weigh an ounce or two less than mine but had no money left to buy ammo. Who lives?
Yeah, now you get my point. Buy this cookset if you want to survive, like I will.
Nice, could be better
This is a great design combining pot and cup and the sleeve and sip lid allowed one to drink from it without burning one's lips, but I had a couple of problems:
1) The sleeve is the same color as the pot so it is easy to forget it is on. (I burn't an outside layer after doing this once)
2) While it is easy to put in the sleeve (which is great when you have boiling water in it) it is very hard to take the sleeve off. This is a problem say when you forget the sleeve is on and you put water in it, and then have to take it off trying not to spill the water before putting it on the stove.
3) The lid is hard to take off, and it is hard to drink the last bit of coffee with it on. Have to be careful not to spill the coffee all over yourself taking the lid off.
It is great if you want to just boil a bit of water, which I did on this particulair trip with long nights and cold weather. Except for when I need to melt snow, I usually don't bother with a stove, so this was a very speical use for me.
This is an ingenious little setup that I've been using now for over a year with some 40 nights spent in the backcountry. I'm a minimalist and when I get into camp at night I just want to boil two cups of water, add to a Mountain House or other freeze dried meal, wait ten minutes, and hop in the sack. In the morning I repeat except I boil more water for my Starbucks Via coffee. If you're my kind of camp cook then it doesn't get any better than this. I have a Soto stove which I place in the pot on top of a fuel cannister which sits on top of the little orange grabber. I've also used a Snowpeak stove and it too works well. Some complained about not being able to use the pouch for the soto stove. My question is why would you want to carry the extra two ounces? When boiling water I never put the lid on tight, just rest it loosely on the pot and it does the job. I've tried a lot of different setups and believe me this is the ONE. Oh, I forgot, I don't use the included spoon/fork as I have a titanium spoon/fork that is just as light and a lot toughter.
great piece of gear
After owning the GSI Halulite Minimalist for a couple years now, I know that this is a great piece of gear. I ordered this second set for my girlfriend so that we could each have our own. It comes with us on every trip from dayhikes to longer overnight adventures. There are lighter options available, but for the cost you can't beat the GSI Halulite Minimalist. The included lid, insulation and pot gripper provide everything you need to easily cook food or drink and then use it as a mug preventing the need to carry extra gear. I like that it fits over the bottom of a nalgene bottle when you don't need the lid. This cuts down on packing space. It is also large enough to hold the 3.5oz mini fuel cans that I use for my MSR Pocketrocket stove. The stove fits inside as well, but the stove and fuel will not both fit inside at the same time. A flatter model stove may fit with the fuel can. The pot is large enough to boil water for most meals. It is great for hot cocoa or tea and large enought to cook Ramen Noodles in it. Even on longer trips when we take our larger cookware, we still take this set.
Just what I was looking for
When I'm cooking on the trail, I'm usually cooking for myself. For me, that means boiling water either to rehydrate my food or to make coffee. I don't generally cook things in my pot because then I'd have to clean it, too! So I'd been looking for a cup that's also a pot (or a pot that's also a cup), but what I'd seen thus far was either too big or didn't have a lid. This little set is perfect--just the right capacity for either boiling water or holding my coffee while I drink it. The lid can be used both for boiling water and in travel-mug style. The cozy can also serve to keep your freezer-bag meal hot while it hydrates, and once it's done your quart freezer bag will sit nicely in the pot with the top folded over the top edge of the pot to hold it open. The pot's just big enough to hold your compact stove (or at least the small gas canister), and the included pot holder is handy. The folding spork (foon?) is okay, too, but I'm not sure how long it'll hold up.
Overall, this is a perfect multi-use cookpot if your cooking needs are simple like mine.
THIS IS MY GO TO SOLO SET
This kit is perfect for the price! If you're looking for entry level lightweight backpacking solo gear, this is amazingly right. The only ways that I could think of making it better would be to remove the magnet from the pot grip and to make the pot itself titanium. Also, find a mechanism for easing the opening of the lid. I've used this with a variety of aluminum can stoves as well as with some other isobutane stoves and it works just right. It is a bit heavy for ultralight but it's durable. Also, the secret to pouring hot liquids would be to use the pot grip only to lift off the stove and put it in to the cozy. Then use the cozy to pour or just eat straight out of the pot. The spoon is slightly effort-intensive to clean as opposed to other options, but it fits in the pot very easily. The width works well with a variety of soda can stove models and is very sturdy. I used mine for three months straight and suffered only some damage to the cozy, which just makes it look slightly loved. I would easily buy this again if anything fatal happened to my current set!
Haven't used this much yet but I have some things I can say about it. It is small and light weight and would be good if you are going ultralight and doing dehydrated food. It also makes a good addition to solo sets. Since it is a pot and a mug I think I will leave the mug from my GSI personal java press at home and just boil and drink from this. It easily fits inside my Snow Peak 1400 (no surprise there) and there is room to hold utensils and such around the outside. I can easily fit a canister of fuel inside, but I can't fit my pocket rocket inside (I will just put it inside the coffee press). With only a fuel canister inside I am wondering if I could fit a second one inside as well for longer trips. So this will be a great addition to my solo kit and for the price I am not complaining about having a convertible pot/mug, I love things that can be used for multiple purposes. Oh and like everyone else is mentioning the spork is worthless can't complain since it is included for a really good price but still look elsewhere for utensils.
We bought this last weekend for a two day hike. I wasn't initially happy about lugging around the extra weight but after using it the first night I can't imagine backpacking without it again. The top sealed perfectly although it was hard to get the included spork to fit. After some finagling I was able to fit two sporks, fuel, and a range inside the pot. The included handle insulated the heat perfectly although the steam made it uncomfortable to poor boiling water out. With some practice we were able to find a suitable angle to poor and not get burned....a great trade-off for weight/size savings. The pot holder also made for a great measuring tool as the bottom edge of it marks two cups.
I do wish it was a little taller so my titanium REI spork and the included spork fit better. Measurement marks could also come in handy. I haven't tested its durability yet so these things prevented me from giving it 5 stars.
All in all this was one of the best purchases I've made in a long time. It was priced well below heavier kits and its performance was above and beyond all of my expectations!