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One traveler, one compact little eating system.

Gram-counters rejoice: the GSI Outdoors Halulite Minimalist Set was created specifically for backpackers who like to keep their eating solutions simple and feathery-light. A clever nesting system allows the lid, a collapsible spoon/fork utensil, pot and heat-resistant sleeve to pack into a single, compact unit. Stash a compact stove inside (sold separately), fire up a meal in the pot, and attach the silicone pot gripper magnetically to your fuel canister. When dinner's done, you have everything you need to pull the hot stuff from the stove and chow down.
  • Anodized aluminum metal is non-reactive, provides exceptional durability, and heats evenly for easy cooking
  • Non-leaching, BPA-free tableware is dishwasher safe, durable, and lightweight
  • Telescoping foon (spoon and fork combination) extends to 3.9-inches long

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4 5

Compact and light

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this for solo backpacking around Colorado. It's light weight and has everything I need for meals, coffee, tea, etc. I am able to fit a 100g canister, my Soto stove and windscreen, and pot holder into it. I give the little plastic spork that it comes with to my kids to use for school lunch and pack a titanium spork separately.

Compact and light
5 5

Compact Cooking for One or Two

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The GSI Outdoors Halulite Minimalist Set is truly for the minimalist. It consists of 0.6L aluminum pot, a nice grippy pot cozy, a magnetized gripper for picking the heated pot up, a "sippy" lid for using as a mug, and it also comes with a telescoping spork (careful, it's cheap). All this weighing in a mere 6.3 ounces, not really making a difference if you switch out sporks as long as you stay lightweight of course.

The 0.6L pot is perfect for solo ventures, being able to heat just enough water or food for one meal. Plus, it doubles as a mug. Heat up your water, coffee, or tea, throw it into the cozy, snap on the "sippy" style lid and grab it on the go-- it is the perfect size to hold with one hand and the nice material on the outside of the cozy allows for a nice grip and warms up nicely on those nippy morning hikes.

Many a time, I am backpacking with a partner, but I still look no farther than this cook set to work for the both of us. Heat up the food or water I need for a dehydrated meal and pour the steaming goodness right into one of my bowls from the GSI Outdoors Ultralight "Nesting Bowl and Mug" set +4.3oz (the mug doubles as an additional bowl as well) to share and either keep the second meal in pot or put right into my second bowl. In this method, I can then use my pot for a nice mug and WA-LAH!, a perfect meal for two without any unnecessary, expensive or heavy cook set.

I try to only boil water in my pot, but I find myself cooking food like soup and stews in it as well. The aluminum pot cleans out nicely every time. It cleaned spotless for me with just water and a rag after letting left over food cool and sit in it for a few hours.

As for space: a small fuel canister, my backpacker stove, and the telescoping spork, along with my rag I use to clean, fit snugly right inside-- in fact, I could probably squeeze a few more small trinkets or another rag inside.

Overall, a perfect minimalist set for one or even two with a couple extra bowls.

5 5

Almost Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive been using this little pot/cup for years now on solo backpacking trips, lived out of it for a month in Iceland, and even use it for car camping: my conclusion? Almost perfect.

Its a perfect size for a meal that may require boiling water, so breakfast with oatmeal and coffee is a cinch, dry pastas or mix-ins requiring water are also fantastic for this. Would not recommend for frying or grilling things (i tried to make it work, did not go over well..)

The sleeve it comes in is very good at insulating and protecting your hand from the heat of the cup. No complaints there, in fact id say its a huge bonus.

The pot holder is kind of useful, but easy to lose. keep an eye on that sucker.

The spork that comes with this is completely useless. Broke it on my second use which left me improvising for the rest of a multi day trip.. Bring your own metal spork.

And thats my only complaint. The lid could use a closable top, but its never been an issue for me. This pot is a critical piece of my backpacking set up. Lightweight, small, durable, fillable with gear, and super useful. will buy again if it ever comes to it.

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Nice review Tim!
Thanks!

It Works!

It Works!

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Doing a boil test with a new alchy stove! Boils water in around 7min 30sec

4 5

GSI Minimalist

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this cook set except for a few minor things. As a solo hiker, or cooking for myself in a group this is an awesome little pot. It is fairly light, but not that lightest, but the extra weight is added comfort features. If you make your own cozy out of Relectix you could save some weight, ditch the lid and make one out of tin foil or pick up a carbon fiber lid, and ditch the pot grabber and make your own will all cut weight, but this works so well as is that I wouldn't want to change it. The pot fits great in the cozy and allows you to hold it after the water was just brought to a boil. The lid fits snug and allows you to sip this and use it as a mug. I have made coffee, popped on the lid and started hiking using this as a cup and never had an issue of spilling or splashing on myself. This can hold two cups of water well and brings it to a boil pretty quick.

I use mine with a Minibull Designs Mini Atomic alcohol stove. For me this is the perfect combo. The stove, pot stand, lighter, towel, windscreen, and primer pan fit well inside the pot for packing and the lid fits snug enough that you do not need a stuff sack although it would not be a bad idea to throw it in a cuben fiber sack.

My one complaint is that depending on the stove you use with this pot it can be hard to take off because of flames creeping up the side causing a potential to burn yourself. I have been through a few alcohol stoves before I landed on the Minibull Designs. With two cups of water and an ounce of HEET (yellow bottle) I can boil water in around 6-7 minutes with a lasting burn time of around 12. A great cook kit if you do not want to pay for titanium.

PS: The Foon is pure junk....buy a nice long handled titanium spoon for your freezer bag meals.

4 5

I like it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's a good size for most camping uses, I like the light weight and coating, as well as the sleeve and the pot holder. As other have said, I'm not a fan of the spork, but i'll use it as a loaner utensil

4 5

Size does matter.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great little pot/cup. Great for boiling and cooking items that need to boil. If you have a mini stove that regulates temp well, you could get away with reheating of cooking if careful. Fits a small gas canister and a couple packets of coffee or hot chocolate. You most likely will not get your canister and your stove in this set but the space is easy to fill.

Barely fits pocket rocket in its case

Barely fits pocket rocket in its case

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4 5

Almost all you could ever want

I bought this along iwth the pinnacle soloist because apparently, I can't read and didn't see the pinnacle dualist.
The minimalist gets used a lot when my wife and I travel together. With some finagling, the minimalist will fit in the soloist container (minus the plastic cup or the minimalist lid).
The minimalist is pretty good for most people. I am a little higher maintenance and don't like to don/doff the insulated sleeve. It works very well if one brings a separate pot to boil water in though as it's a great size for dinner or breakfast servings, coffee/hot chocolate, etc.
If you want a small, packable kit, this is idea, but I'd go for the pinnacle soloist over this any day of the week.
The insulated sleeve will peel a little if the halulite is too hot. Mine is just a mm or two peeled back in one or two spots. Nothing to worry about.
The best feature of this kit is that it comes with a VERY secure sippy lid. This kit almost becomes your insulated travel coffee mug that accompanies you to the office at that point.

4 5

Small and useful

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Haven't used this much yet but I have some things I can say about it. It is small and light weight and would be good if you are going ultralight and doing dehydrated food. It also makes a good addition to solo sets. Since it is a pot and a mug I think I will leave the mug from my GSI personal java press at home and just boil and drink from this. It easily fits inside my Snow Peak 1400 (no surprise there) and there is room to hold utensils and such around the outside. I can easily fit a canister of fuel inside, but I can't fit my pocket rocket inside (I will just put it inside the coffee press). With only a fuel canister inside I am wondering if I could fit a second one inside as well for longer trips. So this will be a great addition to my solo kit and for the price I am not complaining about having a convertible pot/mug, I love things that can be used for multiple purposes. Oh and like everyone else is mentioning the spork is worthless can't complain since it is included for a really good price but still look elsewhere for utensils.

5 5

Perfect Sidekick

I use my Minimalist as a sidekick to my Jetboil. I usually brew my coffee in the Minimalist as I cook my main meal in my Jetboil. For the price you can't beat it. It's super light but the spork is useless. It's way too tiny to reach into the bags of dehydrated food and you'll end up covering your hand in whatever that stuff is made of...
Overall I love the Minimalist and it keeps my power juice (coffee) warm and works great for an occasional small meal. Buy it!

5 5

Great Pot!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great for soloist or if you want to fill out another cooking set. The arguments for aluminum vs titanium are moot, either saving a few ounces is worth twice the price or not. The two downsides to this setup are the lid has a sippy hole with no means of sealing it (so you cant seal the lid fully) and the telescoping "foon"is extraordinarily flimsly, but what do you want for under 30$ ? Nonetheless I would strongly recommend this setup

5 5

Nice and light

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Light, small, good features. Everything about this is great exCEPT that it doesn't fully seal. It's got this nice lid which fits on well and tight, but it's got a little sippy hole! They could easily make a little flap or plug and it would improve functionality greatly. One could easily be made with 2part silicone, or something, like sugru. Don't leave it on the hood of your car-make a plug so you can still put it in your pack when it's full!!!

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oh yeah, I don't like sporks, and I especially don't like telescoping utensils or any with moving parts. I have never used one because I think would be impossible to clean well.

GSI Minimalist vs Stoic 700 Titanium

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So was browsing items and came across one of your reviews. I must ask, what are zombies to you? Are you talking about random acts of violence in others while you are on the trail? Do you pack a gun? I dont blame you as packing a gun can save your life. Was just curious of your Zombie deal...

5 5

My Solo cookset

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Small and very lightweight. Insulation cozy is great. Makes a great cup for tea or coffee and small size means fast boil time. I use a MSR pocket rocket but would be great with alcohol or esbit stove as well. I recycled my spork, is useless.

5 5

Great solo pot

I've been rocking this pot for two camping seasons, now. It's lightweight, durable, and boils quickly.

Like Senor Zombie-pants over there, I use it with an alcohol stove. The stove, my pot stand, the "pot holder", and a bandana fit inside the pot without a problem, so I have a small, lightweight kit that I can just grab and go. I wasn't thinking about zombies when I chose the Minimalist, but it works out well for those emergencies when you need to get out of the house and to the trailhead with a quickness.

The cozy and top work perfectly. I have to imagine that GSI put some serious thought into what neoprene to use for the cozy. It's thinner than your average beer cozy for light weight, but still insulates very well. And, remember to install the top upside-down if you cover your water while boiling. Otherwise, it gets stuck.

Last thing: the foon sucks. It pops apart if you load too much food onto it. And, by too much, I mean a spoonful. I replaced it with a non-telescoping bamboo spoon. 9 grams is tough to beat.

5 5

Value Trumps Hipster Titanium

Is this cookset as cool as a titanium setup? I may never know considering that you can spend double or triple the price of the Minimalist on a comparable Snowpeak, Evernew, or MSR titanium setup. The value you get out of this kit is amazing and that's what sold it for me.

It functions very well. I have rehydrated oatmeal, ramen noodles, and dehydrated meals with it using the cozy and it works great. It keeps drinks warm for almost an hour when you use it as a mug. See my video posted here for more info and a demo that it can sufficiently rehydrate a meal.

GSI designed this for use with a canister stove, but in my opinion canister stoves are bush league. I use an alcohol stove and it works perfectly.

It's not the lightest cookset you can buy. But honestly, you can shed grams off your pack elsewhere for cheaper, in my opinion (such as using an alcohol stove instead of a heavy canister stove).

So picture this. It's the zombie apocalypse. I'm boiling water to sterilize it with my Minimalist while you all have your fancy titanium pots. A hoard of zombies show up. I have thirty bucks worth of ammo with the money I saved. You all have pots that weigh an ounce or two less than mine but had no money left to buy ammo. Who lives?

Yeah, now you get my point. Buy this cookset if you want to survive, like I will.

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Hilarious and insightful! Very nice, especially with the zombie apocalypse context. I too use an alcohol setup (fancy feast special), I have the soloist, but the minimalist looks awesome especially for the price!

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