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Bringing the kitchen sink doesn't have to weigh you down on the trail.

Ultra-light solo backpacking trips require more than just granola and jerky. Luckily, the lightweight, super-compact GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Cookset includes everything you need to cook and eat tasty carbs and calories while off the grid. Once you unpack the nForm system, which weights just 10.9oz, you'll have a tough cooking pot, a lid-strainer, a foon, stove bag (stove sold separately), a mug-bowl, and a welded stuff sack that doubles as a sink for washing.
  • 1.1L Hard anodized aluminum pot features a three-layer coating, including Teflon with Radiance technology to speed up boiling and cooking times
  • Pot features a locking, coated pot holder that also locks down the system when packed
  • Pinnacle cookware coatings also provide incredible abrasion resistance and a great non-stick surface to make clean-up easy
  • Mug-bowl combination works for eating and drinking and is made with lightweight, durable Infinity BPA-free polypropylene, which keeps it leach-free and resilient to heat, odors, and heavy pressure inside your pack
  • Nylon lid features a Sip-It opening and a strainer for versatility, and it's crush-proof, heat-resistant, and won't warp its shape in packs or in storage
  • Heat-resistant foon, formally know as a spork, unfolds to provide cooking and eating convenience
  • Stove bag stores your ultra-light backpacking stove while the pot provides plenty of room for a 220g fuel canister (both sold separately)
  • Included stuff sack protects the whole cookset from damage in your pack but can be used as a sink for washing your dishes without interfering with the wild watershed

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5 5

Soup'er buy! Good set

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Its compact, lightweight, durable and the price is right. Toss the spork thing as it will break but the rest of the combo is premium, it will fit a fuel canister and stove with a little room to spare.

5 5

Great cookset for the lone camper.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far I've used it mostly for boiling some water by the campfire, but it's great. It has just enough room for my Optimus Crux stove and a 220g fuel canister in it along with the collapsible spork and bowl that come with it. It's light, compact, and stores related items for some compartmentalization. Doesn't seem like much will stick to it so it is easy to clean, and doesn't show any scorch marks from the fire yet. It's a great little backpacking cookset for one.

5 5

Light, durable and easy to clean

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these about a year ago, took them on a 2 week trip in the backcountry. Absolutely love them. They are easy to clean up and also make nice containers to put stuff into when backpacking. The one's I have, have fold-able handles on the side so you don't need potholders. I cooked every night with them and I can't even see a scorch mark or anything on them from the fire. They are also really nice to use with MSR stoves, just the right size.

5 5

All in one camp setup

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This setup is great, I managed to fit my Optimus Vega in the fully packed set which is super convenient, nice and light and worked well over a stove as well as over the camp fire, I cooked some canned soup and beans as well as some rice and the set was stick free and washed up quick and easy, would highly recommend for anyone looking for an all in one lightweight cook setup

4 5

nice kit

perfect for a solo hiker. pot is durable and lightweight. the only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because the spork seems a bit flimsy, but overall I would recommend this product.

5 5

All you need (well, a stove, perhaps)

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

I have this and the minimalist (because i didn't do my research and missed the dualist). I love this setup as my go-to for backpacking trips. The pot is plenty large enough for one, two for coffee/tea.
The integrated cup is perfect for holding oatmeal, coffee or anything else. The included spoon is the only setback on kit. It's short, so doesn't get down to the really good stuff in the bottom of anything, and it has a tendency to collapse. I substitute a Backcountry titanium spoon the wifey bought me.
I use a penny stove. Currently, the stove, stand, wind screen, fuel bottle and lighter fit inside the soloist (in the cup so no scratches) for a small, tucked away kit.
One more thing: don't cook an empty pot. The wife (scapegoat) left an empty pot on the burner and melted the plastic lid. Wasn't too bad, but the lid was destroyed. GSI was good about providing a few replacements.

Great set up

Great set up

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Pinnacle soloist paired with the MSR pocket rocket.

3 5

Good Cookset

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

This cookset is a good one. The pot heats water well, and it cleans easy with the non-stick coating, however i usually just boil water in it. The coated handle on mine melted a little bit when I cooked over an open fire. The provided spork is flimsy, and it is easy to jam your thumb pretty good. I really like the bowl, and the provided sleeve. The pot lid can also be used tupperware-style and keeps food and stuff from spilling in your camp while youre looking for something in your camp. It stores a Snow Peak Gigapower and an MSR fuel bottle easily, even with bowl and spork. I dont use the stuff sack, but I image it serves its purpose.

5 5

Like a Boss

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

This is a handy set if you are just doing solo trips alone and not planning to share with anybody. Cools rather quickly after taken off of the burner. Spoon is a bit on the flimsy side but does its job.

4 5

Great solo kit

This is a great solo kit, packed well with my stove contained within the stuff sack. Sack doubled as sink. Only gripe is that the collapsible spork is a bit weak.

is the stuff sack for this kit a sink?

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is the stuff sack for this kit a sink?

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The description says it is. Just make sure to rinse it out and dry it before packing up and/or storing or you'll have an interesting biology experiment going on.

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It is. It's not technically a stuff sack as the fit is perfect. But it is designed to be a sink, will hold water and will stand on it's own half or completely full.

5 5


Great little camping kit. Really is only good for one person but that is exactly what it is meant for. Everything works exactly as it is supposed to and is very durable.

5 5

Was just what I was looking for

This set was just what I was looking for. I looked at many different cook sets, the Pinnacle was just the right size. Also didn't have the extra bells and whistles that some other brands gimmick like a (useless) frying pan lid. Really who can use one of those... It's anodized aluminum so the heat transfer is superb and the coating is extremely durable. I use mine to cook over my Nova+ stove and even over open flame just be careful of the silicone coating on the handles it will singe if the flames get too close.

The included spork leaves some to desire. It's a bit flimsy, tho it does stow in the pot nicely. I took mine out of the set the day I got it and haven't used it since.

The bowl in my opinion is a little excessive. I haven't actually used mine, as I eat and drink right out of the pot to save on cleaning up dishes, I do keep the bowl in the kit as it's very lightweight. The lid snaps on and the insulating ring is easily removed for cleaning. I merely keep it in the kit incase someone else needs a bowl to use. I'm yet to use it in the field.

My biggest gripe with this set is the lack of markings on the pot for measuring liquids. There are graduations on the bowl, tho they are extremely hard to see. I thought about denting the pot at several different levels such as 1, 1.5,2 cups but have since decided to make notches on my spork instead. I place my spork in the pot and fill the water till it reaches the marking I need, then remove it. Works like a charm, but still a bit annoying.

Was just what I was looking for
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I use my Nalgene to help with measurements, just convert the oz into cups (32 oz Nalgene = 4 cups).

5 5

Excellent set!

Great buy! The stuff sack is a sink for washing the pot, or just holding some water. And you can cram a bunch of extra into the set! Store a 110/220g isobutane canister inside the pot with a lighter and many other small items to make packing easier!

Excellent set!

GSI Soloist Review

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Quick review of the GSI Soloist. More video reviews at

4 5

Nice kit

This kit fits together nicely and is pretty sturdy. While not the lightest option, it is designed well and is not "heavy". I like to just take the pot, lid and spork... leave the cup at home to save a little weight. As mentioned, the spork feels quite fragile. I like this kit a lot. See my video review at

4 5

90% on the money

Great for one person, maybe even a little bigger than needed. It holds enough water for 2 but lacks the 2nd bowl and spoon.
It's well made, and has proven durable in the 4 trips I've used it on (total of 14-15 meals), plus a dozen 'testing' runs in the kitchen. It heats evenly and quickly, is a snap to clean as long as you don't burn stuff to the bottom. The non-stick seems to work well, so not much sticks, and its easy to clean even if you do burn stuff.
I read other reviews that warn of burning the rubber coating on the handle, or melting the rim of the lid, but I haven't had that happen to me. I cook with a conservative flame though, so...shrug.
I debated and eventually gave it 4 stars because I though do 'Love it', being the overly particular guy that I am, see room for minor improvement. Namely, the cup/bowl is only one vessel. I would have liked to see a nesting insulated + non-insulated pair of bowl/cups like the dualist has. It would have been convenient.
Also, there are no volume makrings on the pot. I used a permanent marker on the outside of the bowl and use it as a measuring cup for 6 and 12 oz, but is kind of a hassle. You can just see them on the inside of the bowl.

The real issue I have with is when the side of the package says' fits 220g canister, they mean a 220g canister. Not a 221g canister. You'd think that it wouldn't make a difference, but somehow it does. After buying it, I went to toss in my 8oz Coleman Butane/Propane can, and it didn't fit. I'll spare you the gorey details, but after an hour at the local outdoor store trying every can in stock, the salesman and I found that a Snow Peak can fits (220g), an MSR *technically* fits (227g), but the lid doesn't seat well, though the handle locks. Same goes for GasOne cans. A JetBoil can does NOT fit (230g). Same story with a CampingGaz CV270 canister, should anyone still be rockin those. Optimus cans *say* 220g, but no one near me stocks those, so I can't verify it fits.

I love this set, but GSI could have fixed this by adding 100mL of volume (0.1 oz in weight) so all major 8oz gas canisters fit.
No surprise, 4oz (approx. 110g) cans fit with ease, even the funny wide-base MSR cans.

My Bottom Line: hard to beat if you like big volume, and carry 4oz cans, or are willing carry the fuel elsewhere in your pack.

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