Optimus's Terra Weekend HE Cookset is a perfect sized set of pans for a solo backpacker. The heat exchanger on the larger pot surrounds the flame of your stove decreasing the amount of wasted energy, this vastly increases the efficiency of your stove and reduces boil time greatly. The frypan is a bonus and would do nicely for some fried onions or an egg in the morning. This kit is designed to nest a small gas canister, micro stove and a compact spork inside.
Trail mix for dinner? Not for you! Pair our dependable stoves with the Terra Weekend HE Cook Set to go far beyond nuts and raisins. Made of rugged anodized aluminum like all of our sets, the Terra Weekend HE makes packing it in lighter and cooking it up more fun, now even more so with its new non-stick coating. Pared back in weight to a mere 275 g, the Terra Weekend HE is our lightest set with two cookware pieces. It includes the impressive, fuel-saving heat exchanger (HE = heat exchanger!) that cuts “time to boil” by 20%. Stir, fricassee or fry using the pot with pour spout or tough-as-nails fry pan (doubles as a pot lid). Also included is our practical and cute little BOB sponge. A simple mesh carry bag packs it right and tight, magically finding space inside for our titanium cutlery set and any Optimus gas stove too.
If you are looking for a robust cookset that is big enough for one but two at a push then this Optimus set could be for you. When considering the weight remember these weights include the handles as well (you would have to add in the weight of a potlifter with other sets).
Obviously the weight of the Heat Exchanger makes the set heavy in comparison to others however it will cancel itself out for longer trips (a week or more) by saving that extra weight in fuel.The fry pan will take an egg and not much more it could be left at home and a lighter alternative lid for the bigger pan made from foil but on the other hand its a handy size and you can fry some sausages in the frypan while boiling up water in the other. The main pan itself weighs 206g.
We like the Optimus attention to detail the insulated handles graduated pot spout the size being just right for packing gas canister and stove inside etc...
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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