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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
    • Item #GSI2249

    Tech Specs

    [pot] hard-anodized aluminum, Teflon with Radiance coating, [mug/bowl] Infinity BPA-free polyproplyene
    Pot Volume
    1.1 L
    Pot Dimensions
    5 x 5.4 x 5.5 in
    Built-in Strainer
    Pot Grabber
    Grooved Bottoms
    Storage Sack
    Complete Set Weight
    10.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    ultralight backpacking, solo trips
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    What I expected

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

    I was looking for a cooking set for solo motorcycle camping, and I love how it reuses space. You only need to give it to good maintenance.

    Awesome cook set

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this cook set. Very compact and well built. I use it with my MSR pocket rocket 2 and it gets the job done. The Pocket Rocket will actually fold up and fit inside which is very convenient.

    Round Two

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my second time buying this set, as my first pot finally had to be retired. I used the first one for five months on the AT, 19 months of guiding, and nine months in NZ before the non stick coating started coming off.

    I love the size of this pot (allowing me to boil one liter of water for a hottie), and the ease of cleaning it. The orange plastic on the handle makes it useless for anything but a stove, as a fire would likely just melt it off. I don't bother bringing the cup/bowl when I'm backpacking, and the spork is basically a gag gift in terms of its usefulness. The lid's design allows one to pour off excess liquid without dumping the contents into the dirt, which has definitely come in handy. Depending on your appetite, it could cook food for two (I usually fill it about halfway with my dinners.) Overall, this has been my trusty go-to the last few years.

    Love it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The pot is great, and the perfect size for me. Though it is aluminum, it holds heat much better than I had expected. Fits well on my pocket rocket 2. I can fit a four ounce can of fuel, my stove, a collapsible spork, and a bic lighter in the set, or I can fit an eight ounce fuel can if I put the fuel in first right side up, put the spork and lighter on top of that, and then put the mug upside down on top of that before securing the lid on with the handle. You cannot fit a stove in with an eight ounce fuel can. The only problem is the spork in this set truly is crap. Useless. I replaced it with a titanium foldable spork and am much happier


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I basically bought the set, because we were out of just the pot , at the time . The pot works fine, and everything else was extra and unnecessary , for me. I get use out of the cup, but do not care for the retractable spork. It's too small, and flimsy.

    Wash it super well before 1st use

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

    I basically just rinsed this out before I took it on a little camping trip and oh man was that mistake. My first few cups of cocoa tasted super funky...but after that it worked great!

    I've only used it for warming up water so far, since the pan is pretty light it warms up really fast which is nice.

    I'm able to fit my MSR stove and propane tank inside with it as well to save space, which is exactly what I wanted so no complaints here!

    I can't speak for durability yet but as long as I have no issues there it will be a 5 star item

    Good cooking system

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    A great COMPACT cooking set for backpacking.
    The handle is very sturdy on the cooking pot.
    I would have to say the spork is a little flimsy so that is why I am giving it 4 starts.

    Holds stuff and cooks stuff.

      Bought this pot to use with new MSR micro Rocket stove. Trying to find light weight alternatives to my jetboil. I have no qualms with this setup (other than the included fork is junk) but not sure that it will replace my jetboil. I like the way it all packs together and using the micro rocket means I can use a variety of pots and pans. The gsi will be great for boiling water as well as possible cooking other food.

      Holds stuff and cooks stuff.

      Would you like s'more porridge

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I first picked up the Soloist three years ago and have since cooked hundreds of meals on it. When I lost my original on a trip to Moab, I had no second thoughts as to what pot to get next.

      GSI has designed this pot with individual adventurers in mind but I have cooked many meals with others and only when we tried to cook for three after a long day in the Sawtooths have I wished I had a larger pot.

      The Soloist's Teflon coated aluminum walls shed scraps easily and are rarely an issue to keep clean.

      The package fits all of the components which is great for keeping your kitchen set up clean and organized.


      The spork will probably break on you. Its worth it to invest in a good titanium one.

      *This item does not come with propane

      Would you like s'more porridge

      Soloist aka Survivalist

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My soloist has been my primary/only cooking setup for the last 2 years of bike touring the US. It has held up to many thousands of meals and continues to hold strong. It's very versatile and has just the right amount of items to accommodate any solo traveler. Aside from some charing around the base from campfire cooking when fuel was low and some small dings; the Soloist is still kicking. I've even ran it over with my bike, and still was able to bend it back into its original shape for continued use.

      Soloist aka Survivalist

      5 stars for the pot and lid

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've used this pot daily, 6 months a year for 2+ years. It's one of my favorite pieces of gear. The solo size is perfect for one person boiling water for a freeze-dried meal or coffee/tea, or for heating up a can of soup. I also have the Dualist and use it when I have company, but the Soloist is really the perfect size for solo adventuring. The nonstick coating makes cleanup quick and easy.

      Obviously ditch the included plastic spork and buy a decent utensil. You may want to ditch the bowl too; the insulating sleeve is pretty ineffective. I keep it around because it keeps all my little kitchen things organized while I'm using the pot to cook.

      best single (even double) cookset

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I use this primarily for myself on backpacking trips, it has been one of the best cooksets owned to date, you can fit the fuel canister and most small stoves into the kit as well. making the whole cook set just the size of the pot, i have even crammed extras in there like oatmeal or something along those lines, every bit of space counts. it has even worked for a buddy and I just using this one kit and an extra spork we were good to go.

      Grab one if it's back on the rack :)

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

      I brought this cookset to Wadi Ghalilah late of January 2015. It worked well. Boiling was never an issue as long as you got time and patience. Pot handle does a good job and the cup protector, both were user friendly (way to go for a morning coffee).

      > Just a bit confusing regarding the product photo as displayed above, does it include that transparent lid? When my order came, i didn't see that transparent lid.

      > A bit of care when taking your coffee, not because it's hot but some parts in the cup (inner rim) a few sharp portions may give you a lip cut.

      > Would be of greater confidence boiling your water if the black lid comes up with the same material as the pot to cover it. :)

      > Bottomline, i recommend this product to my friend and a thumbs up was given.

      Grab one if it's back on the rack  :)

      Goat Worthy!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Used my new cook set on a trip to Moab in October.

      Boiled enough water for 2 cups of coffee and two cups of oatmeal in one pot. Also cooked some soup in the pot. Clean up was super easy! Great set.

      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.

      Great cookset for the lone camper.

      • 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.

      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.

      Unanswered Question

      The description says it fits a 220g fuel canister, but the Snow Peak I've got does not fit. What brand fuel canisters will fit in the pot?

      Unanswered Question

      Can you fit a an optimus vega stove and 110 gram fuel canister inside gsi soloist

      Does anyone know a mug that will fit inside this kits bowl (which fits inside the pot) that is still large enough to accommodate the size of a small fuel canister? Perhaps the Snow peak 450 / 600?

      Best Answer

      Hey Emerson!

      I just ran upstairs and grabbed my Soloist. I'm able to nest a Snow Peak 600 single wall, Snow Peak GigaPower Auto, and 110g fuel canister no problem!

      If you have any more questions, or want some pictures of the nesting in action, give me a call or shoot me an e-mail! I'd love to work with ya.



      Can this be used to boil water over an open wood camp fire - with the understanding that it wouldn't be directly over a massive flame but rather over a hot bed of coals and/or small flame

      Yes it could be used that way, but I would personally be worried that A) the non-stick coating might overheat and melt into my food, and B) my beloved pot would be discolored from the flames.

      is the stuff sack for this kit a sink?

      is the stuff sack for this kit a sink?