GSI Explorer Cook Kit
Test Series by Kurt Papke
Field Report - May 2019
Long Term Report - July 2019
|| Kurt Papke
|| 6' 4" (193 cm)
|| 230 lbs (105 kg)
|| kwpapke (at) gmail (dot) com
|City, State, Country:
||Tucson, Arizona USA
I do most of my hiking in the desert Southwest, but occasionally get
up into the Pacific Northwest and my old stomping grounds in
Northern Minnesota. I am a comfort-weight guy when it comes to
most gear, trying to stay as light as possible but I don't go to
extremes. I cook several hot meals per day while on the trail,
so I use my cook kits a lot.
This product is not yet on the market and did not appear on the
GSI website at the time this Initial Report was published, so
there may be some uncertainty as to naming, pricing, claimed
weights, etc. The product I am evaluating includes a pot
with lid, retractable spork and a stove that fits on a gas
|GSI Outdoors Inc.
|Glacier Stainless 1.1 L Boiler + Glacier Camp Stove
|Country of manufacture
|Unknown, product not yet priced
|30 day return policy
|Pot: stainless steel
Stove: unknown, but mix of metal and plastic
|6.2 oz (175 g)
|5 in W x 3 in H (127
mm W x 76 mm H)
|11.7 oz (334 g)
|4.6 in W x 4.6 in H
(117 mm W x 117 mm H)
exclusive of handle
|0.6 oz (17 g)
|3.5 x 1.75 x 0.625 in
(89 x 44 x 16 mm)
|18.6 oz (526 g)
|Stove and spork stow
so ostensibly same as pot dimensions
When I opened up the box and took the cook kit out, my first
impression was "this is one of those pieces of gear that is going to
last forever". The pot seems sturdy enough that I could use it
for a camp stool. The handle is very robust (see photo above
left), I think I'll be able to lift a full pot of food without
worrying about dropping anything. The burner on the stove is
huge, but the pot is pretty wide so it should distribute the heat
In fact, the burner may be a little over-sized. When I fired
it up to do a boil time test, the flame extends well past the outer
edge of the pot when the gas adjustment is fully open. See
photo at upper right. I had to turn down the gas a bit to keep
the flame on the pot bottom.
The only thing that feels a little flimsy is the flame adjustment -
it is made of thin wire and flexes pretty easily. It is not
going to break, but it just seemed so much less "beefy" than the
rest of the system that it struck me as odd.
The pot has nice markings on the inside for both metric and Imperial
volumes. See photo above at lower right. The markings
are large and bold enough to be easy to see and read. The
stove is designed well to keep the pot in-place. As is visible
in the above photo at lower left, the stand is serrated and sloped
so that the pot stays nicely in place and does not have any tendency
to slide off.
With the size of the pot and stove it seems like it would be a good
idea to use 250 g (8.8 oz) fuel canisters for stability
purposes. I have a canister stabilizer for the small 100 g
(3.5 oz) canisters, but I am concerned that when the pot is full of
liquid or food the high center of mass will make things tipsy.
Finally, I did a quick boil time test with the standard 16 oz (473
ml) amount of water at 70 F (21 C). Time to rolling boil was
3.5 minutes, a respectable time. This was with the burner
turned down just slightly from its maximum so the flame did not
extend past the pot bottom.
I am looking forward to getting this cook kit out into the
backcountry and making some meals with it.
- Sturdy design, it's not going to fall apart.
- Pot marries well with the stove, no tendency to slide off.
- Distinct pot volume markings for easy measuring.
- Somewhat heavy. Not a problem for car camping, but has a
little extra heft for backpacking.
Check back in a few months for my report from the field.
Many thanks to GSI Outdoors and
BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this product.
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