GSI Outdoors is a small family owned company that has been making excellent camp cooking gear since 1985. They have an incredible focus on lightweight, compact gear that can accommodate nearly any camping situation.
We first found out about GSI Outdoors after looking at their gear at a local outdoor supply store. Seeing how perfectly their pots, bowls, cups and utensils all fit together and remained incredibly light weight, we just had to try their gear out for ourselves and see if this was as great as it looked.
We had a big canoe trip coming up with four people going on the trip and decided to try out two of their products, the Pinnacle Dualist and the Glacier Stainless Dualist.
Each of these products are actually very similar. They both come with one boiler pot, a strainer lid, two bowls, two insulated cups and two foons (sporks). Everything you need for basic camp cooking. The only difference between the two sets is that the Pinnacle Dualist is a Teflon coated boiler pan and the Glacier Stainless is a stainless steel boiler pan. Other than this, the bowls, cups, foons and the way each packs up is identical.
The Pinnacle Dualist
The Pinnacle Dualist is a Teflon coated cooking pan with Radiance technology. This Teflon with Radiance technology has a few benefits over standard Teflon coated pots and pans.
First, the top coat is specially formulated to heat the surface more evenly than any other Teflon coated pan. You won’t be getting any hotspots when using the Pinnacle Dualist which is nice when cooking over a fire that will definitely be providing heat to your pan unevenly.
Second, the coating is scratch and abrasion resistant. GSI Outdoors claims that you can even use metal utensils in this pan and it will not scratch the pan. Personally, I was not brave enough to try metal in my pan, I’ll just trust them on this one.
Third, the Pinnacle actually heats up 25% faster than other standard Teflon pans.
Finally, add in the non-stick surfaceof Teflon, a hard anodized aluminum surface that won’t scratch and foldable handles and you have a perfect outdoor cooking setup.
The Glacier Stainless Dualist
The Glacier Stainless boasts significantly less technology than the Glacier, but that’s ok. Stainless steel is the go to choice for durability and campfire cooking. As with any stainless steel pots and pans, you can use any utensils, cook over an open fire and have a pan that will last a lifetime.
A few other benefits of cooking with stainless steel are that it is rust proof, fire proof, non-reactive, even heating and even a great source of iron.
Using The Dualist Cooking Gear On Our Trip
We had the chance recently to use both the Glacier and the Pinnacle Dualist sets on our 5 day trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. We did all of our cooking over a standard camp stove and absolutely loved both GSI Outdoors products.
For us, the best part was how we were able to pack the bowls, insulated cups, fuel, burner and foons all into the pots and pack them into our food bag.
While both the Pinnacle and Stainless Dualists are light weight, the Pinnacle Dualist comes in at 1 lb. 5.6 oz compared to the Glacier Stainless at 1 lb. 8 oz. To me, that is a very small difference and wouldn’t affect my decision on which to bring on my next camping trip.
We used both sets to cook nearly ever meal we ate during our trip including morning oatmeal, spaghetti, chili, potato soup, no bake cheese cake and more. None were an issue at all.