GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist ReviewApril 20, 2012
- Very durable.
- Nested items remain secure when packed.
- Good folding, rubber coated handle.
- Strainer lid.
- Can accommodate a compact canister stove and its fuel.
- Sack/sink doesn’t dry quickly.
- Lids only fit mugs, not bowls.
This is an excellent two-person backpacking cookset, especially for the value. It’s practical, lightweight and budget friendly, packs down compactly, and has a smart range of features for standard backpacking use.
The lightly insulated, BPA-free polypropylene mugs have “sip-it” lids, and since I drink a Seattle street corner’s worth of cowboy coffee when backpacking, I wanted to make sure the grounds didn’t end up on my puffy jacket (yet again). The sip-it lids secure tightly and what’s put in the mug warm, stays warm. The lids fit only the mugs, which meant to carry leftovers I needed to transfer breakfast from the bowl to the mug. That’s a minor issue, since most people don’t tote 4-hour-old oatmeal. Bonus: The pot lid fits snugly over the bowl should you need to drain water or keep your grub warm after serving.
When ready to roll, the Halulite MicroDualist packs perfectly, even in daypacks, nestling nicely in the lower corner of my weekender. It could even stow in an exterior pocket. You can add a small canister stove (and a 110g canister) to any of the mugs when nesting the Halulite MicroDualist using the included stove bag. It holds everything in place when stowed, or dropped.
The sporks (or are they “foons”?) don’t seem like they’re going to last a long time. This small issue has little bearing on my opinion of the set-up.
The sack-sink’s welded seams held water just fine and it can double as a water carrier.
While there are no measurement indicators inside the pot, they’re in the cups and bowls. The pot handle folds easily and is very sturdy—you would have to try to break it.
The material is GSI’s proprietary Halulite aluminum alloy. It costs less than titanium and seemed, for all normal uses, to be just as resilient to wear. I noticed no blackening of the pot base and didn’t see any dings or scratches after banging it on some rocks. Nothing stuck to it, so cleaning was a breeze. The strainer lid seals nicely but always hold it in place when straining water.