GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Base Camper cookset

We review a lot of GSI Outdoor gear here, and for good reason. This outdoor camping gear brand finds that sweet spot of high value and high quality, and as a result, nearly my entire camp kitchen now consists of GSI.

Recently, I realized that the GSI Outdoors Selkirk camp stove, which I reviewed last fall, is sometimes so powerful that it can warp my pots and pans. I’ve learned how to better adjust this intensely efficient stove, but I also contacted GSI Outdoors to see which cookware set they recommend using with it. They suggested the Glacier Stainless Steel Base Camper cookset, which I put to use the following weekend.

My partner loves cooking on stainless steel, so she was thrilled. The heavy-duty, clad 304 (18/8) stainless steel provides incredibly even, controlled heat, and the rust-proof finish makes this set look pretty even after in a dusty campsite. I like that the set is durable enough to use on open flame or coals, and the rubber heat grips make it easy to grab the lids and move pots around on the stove without fear of burnt fingers. The folding handles lock in place for cooking and fold down for storage, and once we figured this out (it was a bit like a Transformer), we enjoyed this feature.

The whole system nests together for easy storage, and you get a mesh stuff sack, too. The three-person system includes a 3L pot, 2L pot, 9″ fry pan, two strainer lids, and the mesh stuff sack.

So how did it handle on the Selkirk? We would say 80% better than our other cookware fared, though there was still some very slight warping on the bottom of the fry pan after we turned up the burner a bit too high during the first breakfast we cooked.

Note: the GSI Outdoors cookware that does best on the Selkirk stove is, without a doubt, the Escape pot series. These truly work fantastically! 

Clean up on the stainless steel surface was very easy, and I love how this cookware set looks! You can also get a larger camper set in stainless steel, but the medium seemed just fine for us, with two adults and a teen to feed. Pick up a set on GSI Outdoors for $79.

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Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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