OWNER REVIEW: GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Extreme Non-Stick 5-Piece Cookset
- GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Extreme Non-Stick 5-Piece
Owner Review November 3, 2005
Name: Ryan L. Christensen
Height: 6 2 (1.88 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Email address: bigdawgryan@...
City, State, Country: Idaho Falls, ID, U.S.A
I began hiking, camping, backpacking at twelve, and
continued until 25. After a long hiatus due in part
to a bad back, I resumed hiking and camping three
years ago. Now, I have teen-age boys with whom I
share my love for these sports. The past three years,
we have hiked, or camped, nearly every month,
year-round. We vary our experience: desert, forest,
meadow, and mountain; in the spring, summer, fall, and
winter; be it sunshine, rain, wind, or snow. Together
we began backpacking this summer. I am not an
ultra-light packer; I carry a full array of gear.
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoors
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Manufacturers Listed Weight: 27.2 oz (771 g)
Actual Weight: 26.8 oz (760 g) [cookset, gripper,
strap, mesh bag]
Material of Construction: anodized aluminum
Capacity: 1 qt (.95 L)
1.5 qt (1.4 L)
1 qt (.95 L) lid/fry pan = 22 oz (651 ml)
1.5 qt (1.4 L) lid/fry pan = 30 oz (887 ml)
Dimensions: 1 qt (.95 L) pot = 6.25 (16 cm)
diameter; 2.75 (7 cm) deep
1 qt (.95 L) lid/fry pan = 6.25 (16 cm)
diameter, 1.5 (4 cm) deep
1.5 qt (1.4 L) pot = 7.5 (19 cm) diameter; 3.5
(9 cm) deep
1.5 qt (1.4 L) lid/fry pan = 7.5 (19 cm)
diameter; 1.5 (4 cm) deep
Color: gunmetal grey exterior; black interior
Manufacturers Safety Tips:
1. Remove all labels. Wash with HOT SOAPY WATER,
rinse and dry cookware before use.
2. Do not let cookware boil dry.
3. Cookware can discolor if allowed to overheat
4. Where possible, adjust stove or fire to the minimal
cooking level so that the flame does not extend up the
sides of the pot and touches only the bottom of the
5. Do not use GSI cookware in an oven or under a
6. Always separate the DiamondBack Versa-Gripper from
any hot pot when through steadying or lifting.
7. Medium heat recommended for all cooking and frying
procedures. Use a low heat source for simmering.
8. Try using a paper or dishtowel between the
individual pots to prevent scratching when packing
9. For maximum longevity, use only nylon utensils on
all non-stick cookware.
10. Prolong the finish by using only a nonabrasive
11. Never cut with a knife inside the cookware.
MSRP : $59.95 US
With my teenage sons and me taking up backpacking this
summer, I was in the market for a durable, lightweight
cookset. At the local outdoors store, there were
several options from which to choose. Ultimately, I
opted for the GSI Outdoors Hard Anodized Extreme
Non-Stick 5-Piece Cookset.
The cookset includes a 1 qt (.95 L) pot and its
accompanying 6.25 (16 cm) diameter lid/fry pan, a 1.5
qt (1.4 L) pot and its accompanying 6.25 (16 cm)
diameter lid/fry pan, a DiamondBack Gripper, an
elastic strap with hooks on each end, and a nylon-mesh
carrying bag with drawstring. The pots and pans nest
well inside each other. The elastic strap attaches to
the brackets on each side of the largest pot to secure
the lid to the pot thereby holding the nested set
together. The cookset then fits nicely inside the
nylon-mesh carrying bag. .
Several factors influenced my decision. The first was
the anodized aluminum. Aluminum is lightweight, and
is a good conductor of heat. The anodizing process
hardens the aluminum, making it very resistant to
abrasion. GSI claims it is twice as hard as stainless
steel. Additionally, anodizing seals the aluminum,
which prevents direct contact between the core and the
food. This is important to me, as I have read reports
linking aluminum cookware to Alzheimer diseaseI have
enough trouble with my memory as it is. The cooksets
non-stick coating was the second factor to influence
my decision. I really hate it when I have to scrape a
pan to get it clean. A third factor was the spiral
turned bottoms. I thought the grooved bottoms would
grip the pot supports of my stove better than plain
flat-bottomed pans. Lids that double as fry pans were
the fourth factor to influence my decision. Fifth was
the DiamondBack Gripper: a cool, lightweight,
interchangeable, folding handle for lifting pans. The
gripper attaches to a bracket on the side of each pan.
Gripping the bracket, rather than the lip of the pan,
does not scratch the non-stick interior or the
exterior finish. Price was the sixth influencing
factor. Neither the least expensive, nor as
lightweight and strong as titanium, yet the Hard
Anodized Extreme 5-Piece Cookset was the best value
I have used my Hard Anodized Extreme cookset on
numerous backpacking and camping trips. I primarily
camp in southeastern Idaho. Occasionally, I venture
into Grand Teton National Park, which is located in
western Wyoming, or Yellowstone National Park, which
is located in eastern Idaho, western Montana, and
western Wyoming. The elevations of the areas where I
usually camp range from 5,500 feet (2,000 m) to 8,500
feet (3,000 m) above sea level. The summers in these
areas are usually dry and warm (80 to the upper 90 F
(27-32 C). Winters are usually cold and snow depths
vary from the high-plains desert to the higher
elevations. Springs can be somewhat cold and wet.
Of the five pieces, to date, I have only used the 1.5
qt (1.4 L) pot, its lid, the DiamondBack Gripper, and
the elastic strap. These pieces satisfy my cooking
needs and that of my two teenage boys when they
accompany me. In addition, limiting myself to these
pieces helps me limit the weight, and optimize the
space, in my pack. As an additional space
optimization technique, I pack either my MSR
Whisperlite stove, eggs in a plastic egg holder, or
other items inside the pot. Having done this on
numerous outings, the non-stick cook surface is still
in tact--no scratches.
When cooking, I usually use a small plastic spatula to
prevent scratching the non-stick surface. The
permanent non-stick surface fulfills GSIs claim of an
easy to clean interior. I have cooked omelets,
potatoes, and pancakes, without them sticking to the
pan, making cleanup a breeze.
As of now, the exterior is free of any nicks or
scratches. This is even more impressive considering
the fact that my 14 and 12-year-old sons have taken
them on scout camping trips. No doubt, they are
rougher on the pans than I. It is my belief that with
minimal care, these pans will hold up for some time.
Impressive as the non-stick surface and the durability
of the anodized aluminum are, the most impressive
thing to me thus far is how quickly and evenly these
pans cook. They cook nearly as well as my wifes pans
that are more expensive--not too shabby for camping
heats up quickly
none thus far
Ryan L. Christensen
"Excellence is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
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