Not perfect, but darn good
My boyfriend & I used this set for the first time during a 6-day, 5-night backpacking trip this summer. This is our first cook set so I don't have anything to compare it to in that regard, but overall I am happy with our purchase.
The pot is large enough to cook an entire pound of spaghetti (we're big eaters!), and the lid doubling as a strainer is really convenient - and it worked really well. Because of the nonstick coating, the pot was super easy to clean; even using cold water & no soap, the starchy residue & stray leftover bits of noodle washed away.
I really like that everything nests into the pot/bag. We were able to put our small stove and a 220g canister of fuel in, along with the other components of the set. However I had to put the lids of the bowls under the pot in the bag so everything else would fit in the pot with the lid closed & the handle locked. Not a big deal but misleading from the diagram. Also the sporks would probably not have fit in there as well, but again that's no biggie.
We each have our own utensil sets so we did not bring along the sporks that came with this set. I think we were better off because those sporks seem really flimsy and easy to break.
I do like the insulated nesting bowls, but if you are eating out of them while nested and have any overflow, it gets trapped between the two bowls and soaks into the insulative sleeve. Kind of an inconvenience because the sleeve does not dry as fast as the other components so I had to pack them separately after washing & wait for them to dry.
After our trip I went to wash everything once really well before putting it all away, and noticed that the pot got pretty squashed. I guess I didn't realize how easy it is to bend and warp the pot but it makes sense because it is very lightweight. Luckliy I was able to carefully "smoosh" the pot back into its original shape. I fear that if everything was not nested inside the pot at the time whatever happened to squish it, it would have been even more damaged and I may have been unable to fix it.
Overall it's a great lightweight & compact option for backpacking, but be aware that some parts are a little flimsy.
I bought this as my wife and I were going to head out on a camping trip and instead of spending a ton of money in this economy we wanted to camp intead,hike,burn calories and have a peaceful time.
I bought the dualist not long after it's new incarnation had been released and couldn't be more pleased. We went to one of the state parks in N.C. The weather varied that weekend to the upper 20's at night to the upper 70's in the day.(typical N.C. Spring weather)But, it was a rather cold weekend which was great for testing the dualist.
I used a MSR Pocket Rocket to boil water in the pot which is pretty sturdy. My only slight complaint is that although the handle locks well it still is a little loose feeling until you put some water or rice/beans etc into it. Otherwise I had no problems with the pot and the lid has a portion that can be used as a strainer which worked great. The sporks or whatever you wish to call them at first take are a little flimsy, but again once I actually put them to use they performed extremely well and cleaned up well. The bowls did their job well and if you forgot your cup/mug, two of the bowls in the set can double as a cup/mug and has and koozie type lining on the outside as well as a snap to with opening for you to drink out of. The bag you store all this in can double as a small sink or in a pinch to dip into a creek to get water you can easily use purifying pump with.
Overall I would recommend this and we will be taking this backpacking with us later this year. The dualist was a little small than I thought it would be which is a great thing and it packs easily.
So far, so good
We have used this cook set on two day hikes in Northern Minnesota. We are just starting this hiking thing and wanted to test out our new stuff, so we brought this set with on 6 and 10 mile hikes and cooked a hot lunch both days. The first day went great. boiled water for our freeze dried meal we brought and it took only a few minutes to boil the water. Clean up was easy, jsut warmed up some more water, added a little soap and the bowls and cups cleaned up great. A rag/towel is needed to get greasy/oily residuals out of the bowls.
The second day was a little different. We hiked to our mid-way point and decided to make lunch, but we forgot the fuel canister! Oops! So we decided to make a small campfire and try boiling the water that way. It worked but the smoke/ash covered the outside of the pot and so far we haven't been able to remove it. So... moral of the story, don't forget your fuel canister and that this set is designed for fuel canister and stove use only.
Overall, we love this set and would recommend it to who ever is looking for a backpacking/hiking set.
Overall great-just a couple minor faults
Here is my breakdown:
1. Awesome set. You get a lot of bang for your buck. My MSR pocket stove fits great inside of it as well as a small canister of fuel!
2. Ditch the sporky foony whatever things. True, they are small and compact but they break easily and are too small to ever make it seem like you are getting a full bite. I eat things that can be eaten with a spoon so I just toss in a normal disposable spoon in my pack.
3. The mugs have an odd design. The sippy hole is very small so in order to drink you have to tilt the mug a lot to really get the liguid to come out. This is fine but the lid does not fit securely so the liquid then leaks around the permieter of the seal. Annoying.
Other than that...love this thing a lot. I will continue to use it an enjoy it.
This cookset is amazing. I do my backpacking in Colorado. Usually solo. It's nearly perfect. I take one bowl set along with me and put my stove (soto micro regulator) in the bowl. A 4oz canister of fuel also fits in the pot saving pack space. Its just as great for two people. The heat transfer is great making boil time short. I haven't had the melting problems that some claim to have, but I also don't put the handle or lid close to the fire.
Only complaint is the stability, but it is more of a combination of the pot and the small stove. It can't be blamed only on the cookset.
The first thing you should do after buying the cookset is throw the spork away. Its usless and you'll be stuck in the backcountry without something to eat with. Then you should love this thing for several years. You can't beat the price.
One of my favorite purchases
I love this cook set. Very lightweight and versatile. A buddy has a jetboil and initially defended it as the best product but now when we go, he leaves it at home because this cook set does all we need for 2 people. I don't agree that it isn't durable as stated by other reviewers. The only issue is that the sporks could be tougher but they are cheap to replace. Lots of thought went into the product including vents and pop-up plastic handle in the pot lid, neoprene sleeve around the mugs to protect against heat and I'm amazed that I can fit the fuel, stove element and everything else into such a small package. The finish on the inside has held up really well but I have been careful to avoid metal utensils of any kind. The only thing it lacks is a fry pan so I pack one separately when needed.
Excellent one-pot two-person
Excellent and compact solution to providing a decent capacity pot, plus a "mug" and food bowl for two people. By stacking everything as the diagram on the pot shows, you can fit a fuel cannister and small stove inside, but I prefer a solo stove and alcohol burner instead for the flexibility of wood as a backup and renewable fuel. Either way, you have a lot of flexibility for packing.
The welded sack is a tight squeeze, but a nice addition to the set for those who like to wash up a little more when water is more easliy available.
The one shortcoming is the utensils. They are really rather flimsy, and short in length in order to fit in the kit. Do yourself a favor and get some better utensils.
Exactly what I was looking for
This is a great cook set. The nesting system is clever and will keep your overall gear volume way down (especially when you keep your fuel canister and burner inside it). It is nice not to have to find separate cups and bowls that fit. I use it with my Pocket Rocket and it is stable and heats up fast. The sporks are kinda fail so I use my own.
The only drawback for some may be its squat shape. For minimalists with tiny packs, it may be easier to go with something like a Jetboil as it is easy to squeeze into places with its thin profile. This cook set is a bit short and round so may cause problems. That being said, it is perfect for my set up.
Solid cooking set
My wife and I purchased the set for us to use backpacking about a year ago. Since then, it's held up very well. The bowl and cup for drinking area a great size, plus the cover over the drinking cup makes it easy to hold and keeps temperatures consistent for cold/hot drinks.
The pot works great and we love the non-stick. The lid if beyond convenient with the built-in strainer.
Everything stacks well and fits great into the sink bag. Our only complaint is the quality of the foons. They're lacking in strength. I broke mine after four uses and my wife gave up on hers. Most backpackers have a lightweight spork and can easily work around this.
My husband and I purchased this set a couple of years ago when we were looking for a compact cookset that could be used either for car camping or backpacking. So far we have used this set on several car camping trips. It is incredibly convenient and the pot is truly nonstick. This is honestly one of the best camping gear purchases we have made. We haven't tried it backpacking yet, but it's lightweight enough that I'm sure it will work well. I would highly recommend this set for anyone looking for a compact and versatile cookset!