Gear Review: GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

Vital Statistics:

Gear Type – Mug/Pot Combination

Volume – 0.6 L

Trail Weight – About 6.3 oz

Includes – 0.6 L Pot/Mug, Sip-It Lid, Insulated Sleeve, Silicone Gripper, Telescoping Foon

Materials – Proprietary, Hard Anodized Alloy

Additional Specs – GSI Outdoors


I think of all the gear we own, our GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset probably takes the greatest beating, and goes with us absolutely everywhere.  We purchased them back in 2010, before our first backpacking trip, and since then we’ve drug them all over hell’s half-acre, and although the insulating sleeves are a little worse for wear (one, in particular, that was viciously mauled by Smidgin) these mugs are still the first thing we throw into our bags before we head out.

We take them LARPing, camping, backpacking.  I think Mike practically sleeps with his.  Ok, not quite, but I don’t know that I could live without mine.

Sad Penguin At Breakfast

First of all, when it comes to morning coffee, they are the only way to go.  Neither of us are even remotely human before our first cup of the day.  We break out the mugs, boil up our water right inside them, and then we’re off to the races.

We use them as bowls, I’ve made soup in them, eaten oatmeal out of them, drank all variety of hot and cold beverages from them (the lid thing is AMAZING!) and even baked in them.  They’ve held and heated everything from “Christmas dinner in a cup” to river water that I couldn’t be bothered to pump through a filter.

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They are light-weight, and my PocketRocket fits inside of mine perfectly. Mike’s usually houses our lighters, and other small bits. You can also fit really small fuel cans in them.


They aren’t non-stick, which I actually prefer, but I’ve never had a hard time cleaning them out.

They are actually the most ideal cooking system for one person, and the fact that they so easily work as mugs as well is even more awesome. I don’t have many pieces of gear that I would replace with the exact same item should they get lost or damaged (I like to try new things) but if anything ever happens to my GSI mug, the only thing I will be replacing it with is another GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset.

About the author

Mike & Cal have been backpacking around Alberta for the past decade. This site is where they share trip reports, photos, and tips and tricks for getting outside.


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