GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Cooking System

The Pinnacle Dualist, by GSI Outdoors, is part of their ultra-light backpacking, cooking and eating solution line. The Pinnacle Dualist comes with a Pinnacle series cookware pot that uses Teflon® with Radiance technology. This technology has been tested and approved expressly for camp ware use. GSI Outdoors states that the secret lies in a specially-formulated topcoat engineered to enhance heat dispersion and virtually eliminate hot spots. The three layer coating on the pot was designed to survive the toughest conditions and boasts an unprecedented level of scratch and abrasion resistance. According to GSI Outdoors, this coating is even safe for use with most metal utensils.

The Dualist pot contains a crushproof lid made of BPA-Free resin that prevents deformation of the lid and includes an integrated strainer. The pot also contains a convenient folding handle that locks into place for cooking and secures the contents for transport, eliminating the need for a stuff sack.

The Pinnacle Dualist package comes with two bowls, two mugs and two telescoping foons. The bowls and mugs have a low center of gravity and “Sip-It” technology, which virtually eliminates spills, while the insulating sleeve insulates the contents. The entire set is stored in a welded stuff sack that holds the contents secure while traveling and doubles as a sink or wash basin in camp.

Field Report

Upon receipt of the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist, I was immediately impressed with the light weight of the items and ease of storage in the Teflon pot. The bowls, mugs and foons all fit securely and neatly in the pot and the folding handle provides extra security for the contents, by folding over the top of the pot. The entire contents, then fits into a welded waterproof storage bag. Once stored and secured the contents are small enough to fit inside your pack and not take up a large amount of room.

I began utilizing the Pinnacle Dualist while backpacking through the Ozark Mountains in Northern Arkansas. While traveling on trails, crossing streams and climbing mountains, the Dualist proved to be both lightweight and secure. Upon setting up camp, it was easy to remove the contents and begin utilizing the pot to cook on my stove.

While cooking with the pot, I discovered that the pot dispersed heat very efficiently, thus eliminating hotspots and making it very easy to cook a variety of food products. I was able to cook various soups, pastas, and red beans and rice very quickly and easily, without burning or overheating the items. The crush proof lid comes with an integrated strainer that makes cooking pasta or rice a breeze.

Upon completing the cooking process, I utilized the telescoping foons to move the items from the pot to the bowls. The foons are extremely lightweight, yet strong and work well for eating from bowls or pots. The bowls provided in the Pinnacle Dualist are lightweight and are manufactured with a BPA free resin. The bowls retain heat well, keeping the contents hot and clean extremely easy. After using the bowls several times, I noticed that the bowls do not retain stains or food odors and perform well when cleaned in the dishwasher or a stream.

The Pinnacle Dualist also comes with two (2) twenty ounce insulated mugs. These mugs are large and come wrapped with insulation that not only helps to retain heat, but makes the mugs easy to hold when containing hot liquids. These mugs were easy to clean whether cleaning them on the trail or in your dishwasher at home. While on the trail, I used the welded stuff sack as a sink basin to hold water and wash the contents of the Dualist. The welded stuff sack holds enough water to wash all the contents and works very well as a sink. After using the Pinnacle Dualist for several months in the Ozark Mountains, I decided to take the Dualist on an expedition trip to Iceland.

During a 13 day expedition in Iceland, the Pinnacle Dualist continued to perform well. With the Dualist being very compact and lightweight, it was easy to carry, secure and store in a duffle bag or backpack while traveling or on the trail. The Teflon pot continued to perform well and disperse heat evenly and efficiently, resulting in a very easy cooking process. I continued to cook a variety of dishes without fear of burning them or worries about uneven heat. The pot continued to be very easy to clean, even when I was forced to clean it with cold water in cold temperatures.

While in Iceland, I continued to utilize the bowls and mugs to store and eat hot meals. Both the mugs and the bowls performed well, seemed to preserve heat and are a breeze to clean up and store. I did discover that while the foons also worked well for most things, they are a little short to be utilized effectively when eating dehydrated meals from a zip-lock bag or a dehydrated food pouch. While in Iceland, I continually got food on my gloves or was forced to remove my gloves to reach the entire contents of food being stored in either zip-lock bags or dehydrated food pouches. The other option was to remove the food from these pouches after cooking and place it in one of the bowls. While this option will work fine, there are certainly times when washing dishes is neither desirable, nor an option.

After months of use, the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist continued to perform well and showed little signs of wear and tear. The Dualist proved light weight, easy to store and transport and very easy to clean. The pot disperses heat very efficiently and it very tough. The bowls, mugs and foons all perform well and are easy to clean whether on the trail or in the dishwasher. The welded stuff sack not only stores the contents well, but I love the added feature of being able to utilize the sack as a wash basin. I like the fact that you get everything you need to cook and eat all in one purchase and even get a sink to clean the contents when dinner is over.

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