21 Aug GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker Review
We started using GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker cookware over 12 months ago and steadily for the past 5 months while on the road. This review is more of a follow up to our original write-up from July ’12 (1st review). Over the course of 12 months, we have cooked probably over 200 meals and the cookware is holding up very well.
The Teflon® coating is still performing as expected, allowing us to cook items without having to worry about them sticking. This also allows for very easy clean-up, sometimes using only tissues or toilet paper, after preparing meals. This is essential when wild-camping and/or having limited access to water.
During our current travels we have cooked items such as; hamburger, chicken, sausage, bacon, eggs, variety of vegetables and pastas, cuscus, rice, tortellini, and we even toast bread and have made gravy on occasions. The pot has enough room to boil the right amount of pasta for two hungry cyclist, depending on the type of pasta it normally ranges from 2 to 3 cups of dried goods. Two of the plastic cups that come with the Pinnacle Backpacker have measuring marks ranging up to 2 cups each. The lid doubles as a strainer allowing you to empty the water, but make sure you hold the lid tightly against the pot or your food is going to end up on the ground. The frying pan is plenty big enough to cook 350grams worth of hamburger or pork meat without spilling over. We have no idea the weight of the veggies that we fry up, but they generally consist of a whole tomato, 1/2 zucchini, onion, pepper, or similar items at once. Since the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker only comes with 1 pot and 1 pan, you have to be a little creative on the order of items cooked.
We only use plastic or wooden utensils and when washing the cookware we never use a scrub brush. This has probably increased the cookware’s performance. Also, try to not overheat or burn the frying pan by sitting it directly on the stove’s burner, unless your stove has a simmer setting. This is more of an issue with our stove not having a simmer or low setting and we will discuss this, along with our workaround in our stove review.
We are not going to cover the specifications or details because this information can be found on GSI’s website (specifications) so there is no sense in regurgitating what they already have written.
In summary, we are very pleased with GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker cookware and would recommend it to other bicycle tourists, backpackers, and/or outdoor enthusiasts that want to do more than just boil water. If you are in the market for new cookware and decide this is the set for you, then please continue reading. We always encourage shopping and supporting your local Mom & Pop store first; however, if you are keen on shopping through Amazon, please use the link provided below or the one located in the footer section of the blog. We get a small kickback and all proceeds will go towards maintaining our blog. Thank you!