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    Leave the one-pot meals for the ultralight purists.

    Do you love to play camp chef but hate scraping burnt leftovers off the bottom of the pan when it’s time to clean up? You need the MSR Base 2 Pot Set. With two non-stick, aluminum pots, a strainer lid, and a Talon pot grabber, this kit is ideal for everything from a mountaineering basecamp to a weekend backpacking trip. The entire kit nests inside the larger pot, and MSR also included a small PackTowel to avoid scratching the non-stick coating while in transit.

    • Item #CAS0540

    Tech Specs

    nonstick aluminum
    1.5 L, 2.5 L
    2 pots, 1 lid, 1 pot grabber
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Great for 3-4 people!

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

    So I recently purchased this pot set. It's decently light weight. Not ultralite but that doesn't bother me. I purchased this because for the intent to Nestle my MSR Whisperlite and GSI Minimalist into.

    The pots seem very sturdy with the only weak link in my eyes being the included pot handle. With a full pot of water on both the 2.5L and 1.5L pot there's a decent amount of flex on the handle. If left on the pot while cooking the handle gets very hot even with the rubberized protectors and you'll want to grab closer to the pot for support. So I suggest if the ground is stable enough to remove the handle while boiling.

    The lid is nice and sits well on both pots and only locks on the 2.5L pot. Strainer works well and no complaints on that front.

    So as I mentioned my intentions I'll delve a little deeper on that if your interested. The MSR Base two set will fit the shammy 1.5 and the minimalist if the GSI Minimalist is laid on it's side. If you want it upright you'll have to remove the shammy and the cozy from the Minimalist. I was really hoping I could story my stove and all pots together to save room.

    With both MSR Pots and the MSR Whisperlite you'll have to get the burner of the stove to lay upright with the leg bases down.

    If you want to carry the 2.5L pot and the MSR AND the GSI Minimalist you'll have to ditch the 1.5L pot.

    Or you can store all the pots(MSR AND GSI) together and carry your stove separate. Hope this helps if your looking for a very nice cook set that will impress!

    *I will add photos when I get the chance

    For more than just boiling water

      This is a great pot set for those who want to do more than just boil water. The features are great, from the nonstick to the handle. The nonstick can scratch, so be sure to use the included towel between the pots and use plastic cooking and cleaning utensils. I have not used it enough to say how long the non-stick will last. The handle is well designed, fairly ergonomic, and locks everything in place on top. The lid has a nice strainer feature, and fits on either pot, thanks to a well designed lip. It also has a nice silicone grip on top. The smaller pot will fit a canister stove, cup, canister of fuel, and other odds and ends inside, with the lid closing securely. I can also fit my simmerlite stove inside of it(sans fuel). Although it is not the fastest to boil, it does do fairly well, and transfers heat well. It is wide enough to be stable on canister stoves. Overall, a great pot set for people who like to do more than just boil water.

      For more than just boiling water


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

      I love the design and quality of these pans. Easy to put together and easy to take apart. Like mentioned in other reviews they do scratch very very easy. Do not cry at the first scratch, stay strong.


      I dig

        I've used this pot for about 2 years now and love it. I usually just bring the large pot and use it as to store the rest of my cooking equipment while backpacking. While I have to balance it on small stoves carefully, the pot works like a 6000 feet elevation I can boil 32 oz of water (with my MSR Pocket Rocket) in about 5 minutes. It is very light, very durable, and I use it to organize when not actually boiling. I recommend it for any endeavor.

        Pretty sweet pots.

          These pots work great, the only reason I didnt give them 5 stars is because they are so expensive, sure they are light I mean they seem a little on the pricey side. Other than that though everything worked fine with them i was able to make pasta with them and use the strainer in the lid which was very convenient.


            I have a great deal of MSR and it has never let me down and thats why I chose to go with the MSR Base 2 Pot Set .
            It does heat up quickly but even when taking great care of it the finish comes off easily exposing the metal underneath .
            Its really lite only because its thin .
            The handle/pot grabber is tough to use while your cooking and could cause you to spill your grocerys .

            Pros : lite , the lid has a strainer

            Cons: read above

            If they lower the price by $25 on this unit it will be doable...not for me! its going back after only one use.

            Just Right Cookware

              Two lightweight nonstick pots with handles in the right sizes that nest together with room inside for your MSR stove and Fuel Bottle. What's not to love. Just be careful that you put something between the inside of the pot and what you store inside so you don't scrape the the nonstick surface. Go ahead and pull the trigger on these. You won't be sorry.

              Cookware Has Never Been So Cool

                These do exactly what you need them to do and don't cost much. Food cleans easy, water boils quick, and you can stuff your whole backcountry kitchen in them for traveling. I easily stored the included Talon pot grabber, my MSR Pocket Rocket (CAS0368), Fuel Bottle (CAS0375), SPORKS (BCC0131), lighter, cleaning cloth, and a few freezedried meals in the 2.5L pot before stuffing the whole kit deep into my pack. Because these are made of aluminum, they cool quickly so you don't end up burning your hands in your excitement to get into that freeze dried Beef Stroganoff (MHS0003). The only thing I wish it had was some super teched out rubber band or something to help keep the whole kit together.

                Unanswered Question

                Why is the Base2 less expensive than the Quick2, if the Base2 has 2 non stick pots and the Quick2 has 1 non stick pot? What other differences are there?

                between the flex skillet and quick skillet,...

                between the flex skillet and quick skillet, which one is more compatible with this pot set?

                Directly from Cascade Designs' website on quick skillet

                "This compact, 7-inch skillet nests efficiently with Quick 2, Base 2 and Alpinist 2 cookware, adding versatility to your average minimalist kitchen without adding too much weight to your pack."

                and the flex skillet

                "A durable, nonstick surface makes this hard-anodized aluminum skillet perfect for everything from stir-fries to the perfect pancake. Conveniently nests inside a Flex 4 System and outside a Flex 3 System."

                Will the 1 liter MSR tea pot fit into...

                Will the 1 liter MSR tea pot fit into either pan?

                It so happens I had both the Base Pot 2 Set and the MSR Ti Kettle in my office and the Ti Kettle will fit into the smaller pot with the lid of the Base Pot 2 Set fitting over the top and locking everything in. The MSR Alpine Tea Pot (Stainless Steel version) won't fit into the smaller pot but will fit into the larger pot. The diameter of the Alpine Tea Pot is too big for the smaller pot in the Base Pot 2 Set. The MSR Ti Kettle is a perfect fit for the system and will only add about 4.2 ounces. Just to be clear, the MSR Ti Kettle isn't a full 1L, but about .85L. The whole system (MSR Base Pot 2 Set and the MSR Ti Kettle) weighs in at 20.25 ounces (574 grams).

                Will the Dragonfly fit into any of...

                Will the Dragonfly fit into any of these?

                Will the MSR large deep dish plate nest...

                Will the MSR large deep dish plate nest with this set?