REPOST-MSR Alpine Classic Cookware Set- Jennifer Koles
- Pam thanks for the edits.
Owner Review-MSR Alpine Classic Cookware Set
January 23, 2006
Photo of the Alpine Classic Cookset
Photo obtained from manufacturer website.
Name: Jennifer Koles
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy@...
City, State, and Country: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
I started taking overnight backpacking trips this past summer in the
Uinta Mountain Range in Utah. I already owned some backpacking gear
that I had purchased over the past few years. Although I enjoyed my
backpacking experience this summer, I found myself taking entirely too
much gear. I am finding out slowly how to minimize my needs and not
require extra luxuries. My previous outdoor experiences consisted of 4
wheel-drive camping in primitive areas and day hiking. I have some
backpacking gear I purchased over the past few years. I enjoyed my
backpacking experience this summer. I plan to take more trips,
increase my duration, and reduce my pack weight from 45 lb (20.41 kg).
Year of Manufacture: approximately 1999
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.msrcorp.com/
Listed Weight: 26 oz (733 g)
Weight as Delivered: 20.45 oz (580 g) measured on digital scale
PanHandler: 1.6 oz (45.36 g)
Lid: 4.8 oz (136 g)
1.5 L (51 fl oz) pot: 6.08 oz (1.72 g)
2 L (68 fl oz) pot: 7.04 oz (200 g)
Stuff sack: 1.25 oz (35.44 g)
MSRP: $39.95 US currency
The Alpine Classic Cookware Set is crafted of 18-10 Stainless Steel.
This set includes the following:
* 1.5 L (51 fl oz) pot
* 2 L (68 fl oz) pot
* Multi-Use Lid
* Nylon stuff sack
This cookware set does not have a non - stick surface.
The multi-use lid fits on both the 1.5 L (51 fl oz) and the 2 L (68 fl
oz) pot. The lid can be used as a frying pan or a plate.
The pots have a rolled lip to prevent warping and to maintain proper
lid fit. This also enables the PanHandler to maintain a better grip
when grasping the pot.
The PanHandler enables the user to securely grasp the rim of the pot
or lid. The manufacturer reports that it is capable of grasping 10 lb
(4.5 kg) of weight.
Crafted of scratch and dent resistant 18-10 stainless steel.
The rounded corners in the pots help heat travel up sides of pot more
quickly. This also makes cleanup easier.
The pots easily nest together for storage inside the included stuff
sack. Some stoves will fit inside the pots for easier storage and
For the past 6 years I have utililized this cookware from the Pacific
Coast to the Wasatch Mountain Range at elevations from 15 ft-13,000 ft
(4.6 m - 3962 m) and in desert to mountain climates in temperature
ranges from 90 F (32 C) to 40 F (4 C).
When I initially started to use the cook set I did not think about
saving space, but now I nest my MSR WhisperLite stove inside the
smaller pot and try to fit whatever other cookware items I can into
the stuff sack.
I have dropped the cookware too many times to count on various
surfaces (rocks, concrete, tree stumps, gravel, and the list goes on
and on). Generally while cooking I use a wooden multi-purpose camp
spoon, so this helps prevent scratching, and looking at my cookware
today it looks almost brand new. There are just a few small scratches
inside one of the pots, but no dings or dents.
The bottoms of the pots are blackened, which will occur from frequent
use. The manufacturer reports that this allows heat to be absorbed
better than a lighter colored pot.
While cooking if I have the gas turned up too high on my stove
sometimes I will hear a popping sound from the pot. This makes me
feel I need to lean to operate my stove better. I have not noticed any
warping of any sort due to this.
I have cooked various types of foods in this cook set. Some examples
of the types of foods I have prepared are: bacon, eggs, pancakes,
oatmeal, pre-packaged backcountry foods, pasta, rice, instant
potatoes, sauces, canned vegetables, canned beans, soups, small pieces
of chicken and red meat. The food appears to cook evenly in both of
pots and the fry pan.
Some foods are difficult to clean completely from the surface of the
pots and the lid. This is partially due to the lack of a non-stick
surface on the stainless steel. I resolve this problem by boiling a
little water in the pot and then I scrape the food out with my
multi-purpose camp spoon. Or I wait until I get home and I give the
cookware a good scrubbing. The foods that I have the most difficulty
cleaning from the cook set are eggs and foods with a higher fat or
grease content. No food has permanently stuck to the inside of the pot.
The feature I like the most while using this cook set is the
functionality of the PanHandler. It grabs onto the pot near the lip
and enables me to lift the pot or the lid without getting burned. It
also makes this task easier than attempting to hold the pot with my
hands. To use the PanHandler I just open the handles enough to place
it on the pot or the lid where I want to and then I grip the handles
together with my hand. The manufacturer reports that it is capable of
holding 10 lb (4.5 kg). I never attempted holding that much weight.
In the field the most I held was approximately 5 lb (2.27 kg) with no
I use the lid included in the set as a fry pan and as a plate. The
lid is not flat on the surface so making a nice fried egg or any food
item that can run like pancakes can be challenging. I use the lid
placed on the pot to decrease the amount of cooking time required to
fully cook or heat up my food, enabling me to save stove fuel. The lid
can also be placed on the pot to keep excess food warm for short
periods of time (approximately 10 minutes).
I have been very satisfied with this cookware set. I just pack the
set nested into the stuff sack, place my stove inside and stuff it
into my pack. At times I have difficulty cleaning the pots and the
lid in the backcountry. However, I can wait until I return home to
scrub my cookware. I like the functionality of the PanHandler to
grasp the pots and the lid. It allows me to handle the pot and lid
safely without the risk of getting burned or the need to carry extra
gear. This cook set is by no means the lightest on the market, but it
is durable, disperses heat well, and functions well for the price.
Things I like:
* Ease of storage (nesting the pots together)
* Scratch and dent resistant features
* Using the PanHandler
* The price
Things I do not like:
* Sometimes cleanup in the field can be difficult due to the
stainless steel surface.