GSI Outdoors's Pinnacle Non-Stick Soloist Backpacking Cookset has taken the unique needs of fast and light backpacking and built a system of solution that defy the notion that ultralight means making sacrifices. Time, comfort, efficiency, performance and ultra-light weight in a system built for one.
GSI Outdoors says:
Pinnacle series cookware uses Teflon with Radiance technology which has been tested and approved expressly for campware use. The secret lies in a specially-formulated topcoat engineered to enhance heat dispersion and virtually eliminate hot spots. Moreover, the three layer coating was built to survive the toughest conditions and boasts an unprecedented level of scratch and abrasion resistance.
Infinity is an ultra-lightweight completely recyclable BPA-Free alternative to Polycarbonate resins. With exceptional clarity, jewel-like brilliance and 25% weight savings over Polycarbonate; its beauty is truly inspired. Furthermore, Infinity will not absorb food odors like other plastics and will not leach plasticizers or other chemicals into either food or beverage. Infinity pieces remain strong in both hot and cold and are so light that they actually remain buoyant when filled with water. Itâs even dishwasher safe and actually becomes more stain-resistant with every wash.
My wife can`t believe I can get excited about some of this gear, but a well thought out product (be it cookset, tent or rucksack) really gets me started. The Pinnacle Soloist, and pretty much all of the GSI stuff, is one such product. Its for those people who want lightweight but also want convenience and don`t want to compromise on pot size or non-stick coating etc..
So what do you get? Firstly a 1.1L pot which is big for one person, so it allows you to do more than just boil water for freeze dried meals and its ideal if you have a big appetitie. The pots non-stick and it has a lid which has an opening for pouring and drainholes for draining the water off your pasta. It also has an excellent foldaway handle.
Its sized to take a gas cartridge and your stove should fit in there also. There`s even a pouch for your stove so that it doesn`t scrape the inside of the pot.
There`s also a bowl included with a cosy to keep your fingers cool when handling it, and a Foon (a spork in any other language). I don`t like plastic cutlery and the Foon sadly is no exception. I`d replace it with an Esbit folding Titanium model.
Incredibly, the pot lid also inverts to provide a lid for the bowl with a sipper opening - ideal for the morning coffee.
Finally there`s the storage pouch cum washing up bowl. Again, I can`t really see me using this as intended. I have big hands and it would drive me mad trying to wash stuff in a narrow `bowl`. You can tell we like it!
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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