Field Report, GSI Hard Anodized Cookset - Arron Robinson
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Field Report - GSI Hard Anodized 5 piece cook set
Name: Arron Robinson-- full cookset --
Height: 5' 9.5" (1.77 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104.3 kg)
Email address: mouserar-at-gmail-dot-com
City, State, Country: Dallas, Georgia, USA
Date: 25 January 2006
Backpacking Background: Camping and hiking since 11, I've been in a
constant search for the perfect balance between usability, durability
and weight. These days my camping is generally a mix of Boy Scout
style crew camping, kayak or canoe camping or light to mid weight
hiking. I generally carry 20-25 lb (9-11.3 kg) and sleep in a hammock
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoor Products
Published Specifications: Measured Specifications:
Weight - Total (packed) 1 lb 9.1 oz (711g) 1 lb 11 oz (777 g)
Weight - 1 quart pot: Not available 5 5/8 oz (160 g)
Weight - 1 quart lid: Not available 4 1/4 oz (120 g)
Capacity - 1 Quart Pot 32 oz (900 ml) 32 fl oz (900 ml)
Weight - 1.5 quart pot: Not available 7 3/4 oz (219 g)
Weight - 1.5 quart lid: Not available 5 1/4 oz (149 g)
Capacity - 1.5 Quart Pot 48 fl oz (1350 ml) 56 fl oz (1675 ml)
Packed Size: Not available 8.25 in x 4.75 in (21 cm x 12 cm)
MSRP: 59.95 USD
The GSI Hard Anodized 5 piece cook set is an aluminum cook set
consisting of a 1 quart pot with matching lid/fry pan and a 1.5 quart
pot and matching lid/fry pan. Included along with these is a
DiamondBack clamping handle, a mesh bag and a strap to hold the set
together. The pots nest within each other and close securely with the
assistance of a strap. The set includes the DiamondBack handle which
allows for the pots to be stored without fighting with handles or
bales getting in the way.
I've used the GSI Cookset on two outings as well as a few meals at
home. The first trip was 4 days in conditions of 70 F (21 C) dropping
to 40 F (4 C) overnight with no rainfall. During this trip meals were
boil-and-eat types, including noodle dishes with pouched chicken and
dehydrated veggies as additives.
The second trip was in mid December with highs in the 50 F (10 C)
range and lows the first night dropping to 15 F(-10 C) and the second
to 28 F (-2 C). This trip was a car camping trip and cooking was a bit
more involved, as there was little in the way of time constraints.
Sausage and egg burritos for breakfast and the like were standard.
I have been pretty impressed with the cookset thus far. Using just the
small pot, I have replaced my greasepot in my backpack. One side
benefit of this is that the GSI pot has rounded corners, which means
that as my gear shifts, I don't end up with a corner wedging its way
into my spine while going down the trail. I have found that food is
less likely to scorch in the middle of the pot than with pots of
thinner material, which has been a bonus.
I must say that when used as a set, the Hard Anodized Cookset gives a
lot of latitude in a base camp situation. two small pans and two pots
have made cooking a lot easier, with less shuffling of items before
serving. During the last trip, temperatures dove, and the stoves I'd
brought were having difficulty generating enough heat to stay burning.
In desperation, and expecting the pots to warp, I created a spot in
the campfire to set the pots, which allowed for the bacon and eggs to
be served as opposed to breakfast bars, much to my companions' joy. In
the end, I wiped off the soot and was happy to see that the pots were
no worse for the wear.
I have used the cookset for over 2 months now, and I can report on the
following questions that I'd hoped to address at the beginning of the
* The set seems to be fairly versatile. While I do mainly
cook boil and eat meals, I will, occasionally shake things up a bit.
Will the cookset have a large enough capacity for my style of cooking?
Easily. The cookset had room to spare for one and two person
boil-and-eat meals, and when used together, they allow for a full base
camp style menu.
* Can the lid stand in adequately for small frying projects
like sautéing onions and the like? That has been the case for many
meals. I have done some wonderful things with apples and brown
* Does my alcohol stove fit inside of the unit? If so, this
will be a nice compact system. With the coating concerns, I have been
putting my stove and accessories into a stuffsack an nesting that into
the pot. It has worked out pretty well.
* I like anodized aluminum for one reason; it is strong. It
is typically hard to dent and scratch. Does the Cookset have the same
properties as a home pot of the same material? The aluminum itself has
been really durable. The coating as well, for the most part.
* Will it survive rough handling? So far so good...
3. Overall Design:
* This looks like a simple, well designed product. Does the
whole unit fit together nicely or is the fit sloppy and noisy? I nest
the unit together with paper towels sandwiched between, and so this
buffers any noise that may be happening. I have not had any
* Is it well manufactured? All rivets are holding up well,
and there are no apparent thick or thin spots.
4. Heat Transfer:
* How does cooking time compare to my old greasepot, or any
of the stainless cookware I have camped with? So far, cooking times
are not markedly different than with my other systems. I will try to
get hard numbers for the next report.
Impressions After Field Testing:
The GSI Hard Anodized 5 Piece Cookset has held up to not only various
stove use, but also use over open campfire without adverse effect. No
warping or damage from the high heat was found, and the cookset cooked
evenly, without hotspots, regardless of the heat source.
Aside from a bit of the nonstick coating scraping loose across the top
edge of the smaller cookpot, these pots and pans have held up very
1. The set packs well
2. It is lightweight
3. Seems to be pretty tough
1. The nonstick coating seems to be scraping off of the edge of one
pot, possibly due to friction while hauling it.
Thanks to Backpackgeartest.org and GSI Outdoor Products for the
opportunity to share my experiences!
Arron Robinson --- mouserar@...