GSI Outdoors Halulite Ketalist Cookset ($34.99)

Ultralight backpacking cookware is a niche that GSI Outdoors has certainly perfected.  When ounces become critical on extended backcountry treks, cooksets must be compact and lightweight, yet still fully functional.  The Halulite Ketalist hits all these marks as a beautifully designed, nesting cookset that features GSI’s proprietary lightweight aluminum construction called Halulite.  The kit includes a one liter ultralight kettle for boiling water or melting snow on solo adventures, plus a 14 ounce insulated mug with a “Sip-It” lid, a 14 ounce bowl, a telescoping “Foon” and a storage sack.

While it’s a departure from the standard pot-based backcountry cooksets, this kettle-based system provides perfect functionality for those who primarily eat de-hydrated food.  (If you’re looking for a more robust, gourmet, pot and pan style system, check out GSI’s Bugaboo line).  I love the simplicity of the Ketalist as it comes with all the essential items you need for basic backcountry cooking and eating without any extras to add bulk or weight.  Where the Ketalist really shines though, is in its unique nesting design.  Each piece fits inside its larger counterpart to create a small, compact unit that can also hold a single, 110 gram fuel canister (not included). Coming in at a total weight of 11 ounces, this is one cookset that certainly won’t weigh your pack down. //

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