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H A L U L I T E   M I N I M A L I S T

Initial Report: April 30, 2010
Field Report: July 6, 2010
Long Term Report: September 14, 2010



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Biographical Information
Name: Chuck Carnes
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)
E-mail Address: ctcarnes AT yahoo DOT com
City, State, Country: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Backpacking Background
I love the outdoors – I’ve spent time camping in the outdoors since I was born, and have been actively hiking and backpacking since then. I consider myself a lightweight hiker, usually carrying 20 – 30 pounds (9-13 kg) for hikes up to a week in length. I hike at an easy pace, averaging 2 mph (3 kph). I am a one-man tent camper for now. I like to carry a single trekking pole when I hike to help relieve stress to my legs and knees. I like to get out on the trail as often as I can.

I N I T I A L    R E P O R T
April 30, 2010
PRODUCT INFORMATIONInsideBack
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoors
Model: Halulite Minimalist
Includes: .6 L (20 fl. oz.) Pot/Mug, Sip-It-Lid, Insulated Sleeve, Silicone Gripper, Telescoping Foon
Year of manufacture: 2010 
URL: http://www.gsioutdoors.com

Listed Weight: 5.0 oz. (142 g.) 
Actual Weight: 6.5 oz. (184 g.) 
       Pot/Mug with Sleeve and Lid - 5.5 oz. (156 g.)
     Silicone Gripper - 0.5 oz. (14 g.)
     Telescoping Foon - 0.5 oz. (14 g.)
     Total Weight - 6.5 oz. (184 g.)

MSRP: $22.95 (USD)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 

The Halulite Minimalist is GSI's new ultra-lightweight cooking pot. It's a great size for a single user that wants the most out of their cooking abilities but the minimalist out of weight when carrying it. This is what GSI says about it, "As light as Titanium, Halulite is a proprietary alloy that also conducts heat better and more evenly—so you can leave the extra fuel at home. Plus, every piece is Hard Anodized to create a surface that withstands scratches and abrasions like nothing else. It's ultra light without the sacrifices". The Halulite includes a Sip-It-Lid that can be placed on the pot loosely or it can be flipped over and secured tightly when using the pot as a cup. It also comes with a telescoping foon and a silicone gripper that allows the user to grip the pot when it's hot.


INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
When the GSI Halulite Minimalist showed up I was very impressed with the size and weight of it. I was excited to see the telescoping foon in it as that is a great addition to this set. The lid comes on the Halulite flipped over so that it fits but it's not tight. This is the position to put the lid on the pot while cooking. It creates a great seal but it allows the user to lift the lid with ease if the contents need to be looked at while cooking.

Gripper
Silicone Pot Gripper

The pot gripper is a great little ingenious tool for this set. It is basically a rubber pot holder. Much like you would use at home but on a minimalist scale. Two fingers are inserted at the top and the thumb is placed on the back flap. Place the open 'V' end over the lip of the pot and squeeze. Lift the pot and place where desired. The little nib on one side is magnetic so the gripper can be placed on a stove canister so it won't get lost.

Foon
Telescoping Foon

The telescoping foon is a nice addition. This is as close to cutting the handle off of a toothbrush as one can get to a minimalist eating utensil. At 4.0 in (10.0 cm) long when contracted and 5.5 in. (14.0 cm) fully deployed and weighing at a scant 0.5 oz. (14 g), this utensil can go anywhere and still be a fully functional spoon/fork. To deploy the foon simply grasp the orange handle and push the bowl of the foon out with the thumb. The foon seems very durable when it is deployed and it is just the right length for this pot. 

Pot and Sleeve
Pot with Insulated Sleeve

The pot comes in a thin insulated sleeve. Obviously this will need to be removed before using the pot to cook in. This is where I had a little trouble. The sleeve was a little bit hard to remove but hopefully it will loosen up over time. The sleeve does have a small hole at the bottom to release the air as the pot is pushed down into the sleeve. This will definitely come in handy after boiling water and trying to handle the pot without the gripper. I am anxious to see how well it keeps the pot warm with a meal or beverage in it. When the lid is placed in the 'tight' position, it creates a very tight seal and it is a little bit difficult to release it from the pot. I will make sure that I will not need to open the lid once I have sealed it so that I won't spill the contents all over the place.

Overall I am very impressed with the Halulite Minimalist. It has great qualities that I hope to experience with my trail food and cooking. Everything seems very well designed and I am looking forward to putting it to the test. 

F I E L D    R E P O R T
July 6, 2010

IN THE FIELD
Area: Kings Mountain State and Federal Park, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Temperature: 45 F to 70 F (7 C to 21 C) during the day. 30 F to 35 F (-1 C to 2 C) at night
Elevation: 1,200 ft (366 m)
Conditions: Mild, slight wind but no rain

Observation:
I took the Halulite Minimalist on this trip for the first time of using it. We hiked a couple of miles each day and I knew I wanted to try breakfast with it first. I removed the sleeve to be able to boil water. The Minimalist fit perfect over my Snow Peak stove and the water came to a boil in less than 3 minutes. I poured the contents of the dehydrated eggs into the cup and followed the directions. The silicone pot gripper came in very handy when I needed to take the cup off of the burner. It stayed connected to the fuel canister unless I was using it. I really thought that it would be possible for it to be too close to the burner and possibly melt but with it being closer to the bottom of the canister, not much heat made its way that low. It was very easy to retrieve and put back.

After the eggs were ready to eat, I placed the cup back into the sleeve and was able to handle the cup without getting burned. The neoprene sleeve is a bit thin but was protective enough not to burn my hands but to actually warm them. This would come in handy on very cold mornings and nights. The telescoping foon worked great for this application. It was certainly long enough to reach the bottom to get those last few pieces of egg.

Since we were on the trail I simply put the lid back on the cup and didn't bother to wash it at that time. I waited until I returned to camp to do a thorough cleaning. Cleaning was very easy and even after the eggs had dried inside the cup, it was still cleanable and the cup came perfectly clean, just like new.

Area: Star Fort Ninety Six National Historic Site, Ninety Six, South Carolina
Temperature: 65 F to 80 F (18 C to 27 C) during the day. 40 F to 50 F (4 C to 10 C) at night
Elevation: 980 ft (299 m)
Conditions: Clear, no wind and no rain

Observation:
On this trip I wanted to use the Minimalist more as a drinking cup for hot and cold drinks. My first try was with coffee. That is my preferred morning drink and I was looking forward to using it as a mug for my coffee. I first poured the coffee in the cup without the neoprene sleeve which was a big mistake because immediately the cup became very hot. I set it down and used the pot gripper to slide the cup into the sleeve.
I still used the foon to put cream and sugar in my coffee and to stir it with. I placed the lid on the cup and pushed down firmly to make sure it was completely sealed before I attempted to take a drink. The lid created a great seal and I never had any leaks from the edges.

After finishing the coffee I found it very difficult to remove the lid from the cup. I basically had to wedge the tips of my fingers and finger nails between the lid and lip of the cup and slowly work around the edge to pry it off. It's almost too good of a seal. Luckily I finished all of the coffee. When I pried the lid off, the cup shook pretty good and would have spilled coffee all over the place. The only solution for this for me was to make sure the cup was on a stable surface as I pulled the lid off. This would prevent the cup from shaking too much. I will monitor this along the way to see if this is too much of a hassle.

I used the cup during the rest of the trip as a simple drinking cup. For cold drinks and for hot, it makes a perfect little cup and is compact enough to take just about anywhere.

So far I have really enjoyed using the Minimalist. It is easy to pack and it doesn't take up much room, no more than any other cup or bottle. The sleeve is holding up pretty good but the threads have started to come loose at the top where it is sewn together. I will keep an eye on this to make sure it doesn't come completely unraveled. I did receive a new rubber ring from GSI to be used in conjunction with the lid. I will be using it during my last few trips.

L O N G   T E R M    R E P O R T
September 14, 2010

IN THE FIELD
Area: Table Rock State Park, Pickens, South Carolina
Temperature: 65 F to 90 F (18 C to 32 C) during the day. 55 F to 65 F (12 C to 18 C) at night
Elevation: 1,000 ft (305 m)
Conditions: Sunny and no wind

Observation:
For this trip I again mainly used the Minimalist as a drinking cup and on a couple of occasions I used it to boil water. This time I used the rubber ring that GSI sent to me and I did notice a little rubber tab on the side of the ring to aid in removing the lid without much trouble. I placed the ring onto the lip of the cup and then placed the Sip-It lid onto the ring. I did find the ring make a good seal for boiling water and keeping heat inside the cup but it didn't create such a good seal to drink from. I did find some of the drink contents leaking at the edge.

I did not find any different observations on this trip than I did on my last ones. I have used the Minimalist on many trips this past summer and they have all been great trips with the Minimalist as a cup to boil water from and to actually eat a dehydrated meal straight from the cup. It has worked great as just a standard cup to drink coffee from and even using it to drink water from on trail breaks. With this in mind, I would like to see it have a small loop on the tight fitting lid so that I could hang it on the outside of my pack. I did use it as my all-time drinking cup on several trail outings and it would have been nice to just un-clip it from a clip and use it. Aside from this I did keep it in a pocket that made it easy to get to.

The loose thread that I mentioned in the Field Report has not come un-done anymore. I clipped the loose thread so that it wouldn't get caught in a zipper on my pack or anything to cause it catch and unravel more. The cup has survived a lot of bumps and hot burners. I am impressed that the cup has not turned colors from being on a burner for as long as it has. It has been very easy to clean and it will be going with me on all of my upcoming trips.


This concludes this test series
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