GSI Outdoors: The Best of 2017

The following is a highlight of the best of 2017 items from GSI Outdoors from by Craig Rowe. 

GSI Outdoors has been perfecting camp kitchen gear since its inception in 1985. Last year, the company introduced two backpacking stoves that we reviewed here and here, to compliment their line of lightweight, integrated cookware systems. For 2017, GSI Outdoors has revamped some classics and introduced new takes on common camp kitchen goods. Here’s an early look at some of those new products.

The 32-ounce Fair Share Mug II updates this fan favorite with a sturdy and practical sewn webbing handle, removable insulating sleeve and high-contrast internal volume indicator. This version comes equipped with a compacting handle and a new lid the allows multiple mugs to be neatly stacked on top of one another for easy storage. PRICE: $15.95

Weighing in at just 3.5 ounces, the Infinity Backpacker Mug will slip into the lid of your pack, where it will remain unnoticed until needed. It uses the same insulating sleeve design as its larger sibling and can securely hold 17 ounces of coffee, oatmeal, or whatever you need to keep knocking down the miles. PRICE: $9.95

The Glacier Stainless Microlight 500 is a slimmed-down, side-pocket-ready travel mug that’s 60% thinner than many of its competitors. Whereas my 16-ounce, double-walled Kleen Kanteen comes in at 10.3 ounces on the scale, the Microlight keeps even more liquid warm or cold for up to eight hours, while still managing to cut two full ounces from its weight. Need a lightweight water bottle for your outdoor adventures? This one should meet those needs nicely. PRICE: $25.95

GSI’s Glacier Stainless product line is designed to tackle the toughest backcountry cooking conditions. This year’s pans use an aluminum core to manage weight, and a laser-etched non-stick “net” on the pan surface to protect it from the wear and tear of spatulas and sponges. The folding handle makes it easy to carry in your pack, allowing you to take it with you anywhere you go. The Glacier Frypan is available in either an 8”or 10” model. PRICE: $29.95 (8”) or $34.95 (10”)

Camp Kitchen with GSI Outdoors

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Camping kitchen: cookware, tables, and tasty food

An organized camp kitchen is a must for a relaxing (and delicious) car camping adventure…

For cooking, serving, and enjoying those campsite meals, the extensive line of functional, space saving cooksets, stoves, dishes, and utensils from GSI Outdoors top our list in the camp kitchen. The Halulite Microdualist Cookset is perfect for two people, and features a 1.4 liter cookpot, two insulated mugs with lids, two bowls, and two fork/spoon combos. Everything nests neatly together with space for our GSI Pinnacle 4 Season Stove and a micro fuel canister. Paired with our GSI Outdoors Gourmet Kitchen Set 11 utensil set, we have everything we need for a weekend of camp cooking.

We think it’s undeniably true: everything tastes better when camping. From basic backpacking fare like oatmeal and instant rice, to gourmet camp dinners of strip steaks and pineapple upside down cake, we’ve loved the challenge of preparing our favorite meals in the forest…

We love waking up to a mountain sunrise and a steaming cup of french press coffee. The GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press and Infinity Backpacker Mug make that first cup quick and easy. And when our morning adventures take us away from camp, the GSI Microlite 500 and the GSI Glacier .5L Vacuum Bottle keep our coffee hot for hours.

A few shelf-stable condiments like olive oil, salt, pepper and dried spices add to our camp cooking recipes and have a permanent home in our camp duffel bag, stored in our GSI Outdoors Gourmet Kitchen Set 11…

Please remember to leave no trace

When enjoying the natural beauty of our parks and wilderness, please pack out everything you pack in, and leave your campsite clean. Follow these easy steps to Leave No Trace and please practice good trail and campsite etiquette to help ensure everyone has a great adventure.

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Timeless Outdoor Fun: Outside Inside Gifts

From MRV The Buzz


A Company That Provides Outdoor Games For Those Who Love To Get Out And Hike, Paddle, Climb, Camp, Ski, Bike, Hunt, And Fish

“We are outdoor people and when you start to have children, you want them to be able to experience that with you,” explains Dave Smrtka, co-owner and co-founder of Outside Inside Gifts.  Outside Inside is a company, as it says on the website, that provides gifts “for those among us who love to get out and hike, paddle, climb, camp, ski, bike, hunt, and fish”.

Beyond the products it offers, the company’s goal is to provide games for the whole family.  “When you start playing games, you are instant friends with others playing and it gives everyone something to connect with,” explains Smrtka.  It is with this idea that the company continues to grow and the seed was planted in Smrtka’s own family.  “My wife and I both worked in retail – we owned several outdoor stores,” he explains.  When his three daughters started to get older, they both decided to get out of retail and get involved with things they love – the outdoors and their family.  Originally making gifts, they transitioned more into mobile games – not for a smartphone, but games like checkers and backgammon to pick up and take outdoors.  “We take timeless games and modify them to be lighter and more compact,” Smrtka says.  Other examples of these games are mancala, table tennis, barrel toss, and more.

They realized they struck a nook and grew their products into three tiers of mobility. There are the Backpack games that are super mobile and fit in a bag. The Freestyle games are a little bigger, ideal for moderate to light camping/outdoor excursions. Last there are the Basecamp games, which are good for backyard family time or to keep in the RV. All products are made with “good materials and good quality as they have to withstand the constant abuse of the outdoors,” Smrtka says.

For product development, Smrtka and his wife use experiences, as well as their knowledge of the outdoors in personal and professional life. He gives the example of their backpack bocce ball product. “First we start with the idea. Anyone can play bocce ball and any number of people can play,” Smrtka explains, “which makes it an ideal product for us.” He says the problem is the weight for the balls, so they developed Backpack bocce at 1/16 of the original size. “The problem with this, though, is that the balls are so small that they bounce too much when they are thrown,” Smrtka states, “so we needed to find a material that would react similarly to full-size bocce.” They ended up using a special kind of rubber that works well and Backpack bocce has become one of their best selling products.

What makes their products special beyond their size is their adherence to the name of company – Outside Inside. “These games can be played outdoors in the middle of nowhere or in college dorms,” Smrtka explains. In fact, his daughters, who are all around college age are great supporters of their products and bring them to school with them and play with their friends. “Our 21 year old always uses the games at parties and events,” he says. With experiences like these, Smrtka and his wife are able to get real feedback from others and also adjust their marketing accordingly.

Though originally motivated by providing entertainment for children, the focus has never really been, “Just on children, but on the family.”  As the years progress, they realized the market can be for families as well as college students who like to play games with their classmates.  “Although we primarily appeal to the active market, we also have our products in college bookstores,” Smrtka says. Smrtka and his wife are based in Canada, but the focus of Outside Inside is the United States and their distribution center and warehouse is in Spokane, Washington.  They also have retail stores in Japan and a select few in Europe.  “In Japan there is more and more interest, as they like compact things there,” he explains.

The geographic region also plays a role in product popularity.  “Obviously the north is colder, so there is a greater interest in indoor games and the south is warmer so traditionally outdoor games are popular,” Smrtka says.  He also says the flatlands of the Midwest, for example, popularize the Basecamp games as the RV culture is really strong.

As the years go by, people are increasingly becoming dependent on digital technology.  Even camping, an activity devoted to the outdoors, one observes many adults and children glued to phones and tablets.  This is the present world.  The challenge for families is to balance these digital tendencies with activities that provide time to connect and develop relationships.  The outdoors provides opportunities for this to happen and Outside Inside Gifts provides compact, convenient means to achieve it.

By: Andrew Malo

A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Education, Andrew has taught for the past decade in Chicago, New Mexico, and Japan.  He  enjoys tinkering with trucks and motorcycles, woodworking, reading and computer programming.

More on Outside Inside:

Outside Inside Gifts, a gift collection designed by outdoor enthusiasts for the hikers, paddlers and sportsmen of the world. Available at specialty outdoor and gift retailers all over the world.


GSI Outdoors Unveils New Stove Systems for 2016


GSI Outdoors unveiled six new stove systems for 2016 offering options for the ultra-light backpacker and camper.

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Pinnacle Canister Stove

Pinnacle Stoves are compact, lightweight and high-output, designed for efficiency in every regard. With clever folding pot supports that pack small to nest within our nForm Ultralight cookware and integrated windscreens which allow you to cook faster with less fuel, the Pinnacle Canister Stove and Pinnacle 4 Season Stove are the peak of GSI Outdoors’ unique approach to going fast + light without making sacrifices.

  • High-efficiency, 8,750 BTU/h burner optimized to balance quick boil times and reduced fuel usage.
  • Canister mount, micro control valve provides tunability and peak performance
  • Serrated 138mm/5.4″ diameter pot support arms provide a stable, secure cooking platform
  • Compact, folding design nests perfectly within nFORM Cookware systems
  • $49.95


Pinnacle 4-Season Stove

Pinnacle Stoves are compact, lightweight and high-output, designed for efficiency in every regard. With clever folding stove legs and pot supports that pack small to nest within our nForm Ultralight cookware and integrated windscreens which allow you to cook faster with less fuel, the Pinnacle Canister Stove and Pinnacle 4 Season Stove are the peak of GSI Outdoors’ unique approach to going fast + light without making sacrifices.

  • High-efficiency, 7,800 BTU/h burner optimized to balance quick boil times and reduced fuel usage.
  • Remote, canister mount, micro control valve provides exceptional all-season performance
  • Serrated 138mm/5.4″ diameter pot support arms provide a stable, secure cooking platform
  • Compact, folding design nests perfectly within nFORM Cookware systems
  • $79.95



Pinnacle Soloist Complete

High performance, light weight, compact one-person total cooking solution. Including our Pinnacle lightweight, high output stove and integrated windscreen along with insulated mug and Foon for one person providing superior efficiency and flexibility in an ingenious space efficient package.

  • Lightweight, high-efficiency, 8,768 BTU/h Pinnacle Canister Stove and Windscreen nest perfectly and provide ultimate efficiency regardless of conditions
  • Folding handle locks into place for cooking and secures entire set for transport, eliminating the need for a stuff sack
  • Unique mug/bowl solution with low center of gravity and Sip-It virtually eliminates spills while the integrated insulating sleeve keeps drinks hot
  • Welded stuff sack holds set while traveling and doubles as a sink or wash basin
  • Integrated nesting for fuel canisters (220/110 g) for a complete cooking system in one small package
  • Coated with Teflon® Radiance technology for exceptional non-stick performance
  • $89.95

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GSI Outdoors- One Pot Wonders

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It doesn’t matter if you’re the family man, the acurian camper, a backpacker, alpinist, or a road warrior keeping your pack light really makes a difference when you’re headed out into uncharted territory. Cooking equipment can become a real burden, which is why we’ve put together a plan of action for one pot meals. From breakfast all the way to dessert, we’ve got you covered. Stay tuned.


Rise and Shine!

Time for breakfast! If you find yourself off the grid this is going to be a very important meal for you, it’ll provide you with the fuel you’re going to need to get from peak to peak. Or if you’re with the family, it will get you from breakfast to lunch! Either way, one pot is all you really need! Cinnamon rolls are a great way to carb load early in the day and are super easy to make in a dutch oven! You can bring all of the ingredients with you and have the homemade experience or, for our backpackers the lighter option may be to go with a store bought cans of rolls, we don’t judge.


You’ll want to start by creating that same cooking campfire we talked about in our post on “How to Cook Like a Caveman”, it will be under “The Hunt”.  Added tip, don’t lug charcoal with you, instead find rocks and place them in your fire, get them nice and hot and then VERY carefully, use tongs to move them into that second space with your embers this is where you’ll place your dutch oven. Place all of the rolls into the dutch oven with a little wiggle room for expanding and allow them to either rise overnight or for an hour or two in the morning. Now for the exciting part, place your dutch oven over the hot embers and rocks, carefully use tongs to add a few to the top of the dutch oven. Now sit back, enjoy a cup of joe and in about 30-35 minutes breakfast will be served! Check out Macheesmo for some pretty delicious, detailed instructions.


What’s For Dinner?

The sun is setting and as the heat of the day starts to burn off the campfire is just heating up! Heavy and hearty meals are hard to come by on the trail, especially for those backpackers who go out for a weeks at a time. But for those of us who are doing the overnight or weekend trip, we’ve got a couple of ideas for hearty one-pot dinners. First, if you are taking a weekend trek and a cooler isn’t included on your packing list we suggest leaving the meat at home. Without proper cooling, you risk spoilage. Never fear! There are vegetarian options out there that are still totally satisfying and filling. If you need meat, think about bringing pre-cooked bacon, jerky or other types of dehydrated meats.


If you’re down to give the veggie thing a try, may we suggest a lentil stew. Super hearty, warm and very filling. Check out this awesome Coconut Red Lentil Stew with Kale we discovered from Fresh Off The Grid. Best part with this one is the ingredients are fairly light and you can combine the spices in one plastic baggie as opposed to taking all of the jars with you.


Something for the Sweet Tooth

Typically when we’re searching for something sweet while camping we all start to reach for the sticks and marshmallows; however, this time around we’re doing something a little different. Again, we’re going to use that dutch oven! After cinnamon rolls, you can basically do anything, same principals apply.


If the iconic s’mores are just too much to let go may we suggest testing out a newer version? S’mores cake, it’s all the rage! Start by laying out an angel food cake base, tear the cake into small bite sized pieces. Then break apart your graham crackers and lay them on top, you can even mix a few into the angel food for a little added texture. Follow this up with the chocolate, again break into smaller pieces so that when it melts the cake and crackers are covered. Finally, add those marshmallows, completely cover the top with them. Cover with the lid and let it sit in your cooking campfire. Once the marshmallows have that golden color you’re ready to serve!


Remember, anything goes! Cakes, pies and even sweet breads just thrown a few chocolate chips in and you’ve crossed that threshold into dessert.


While our expert level campers my stick to their dehydrated food packs and protein bars, it’s always nice to have a few options. We love to cook here at GSI Outdoors and we’re always here to help. Check back for more on anything and everything outdoors!

GSI Outdoors: Cooking Under Pressue

Did you know that cooking under pressure cuts cooking time by up to 66%? Not only does this mean you can carry less fuel, but it also reduces your carbon emissions.

GSI Outdoors has been highlighting some of the best pressure cooker recipes on their Instagram check it out

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Want Mongolian Beef in camp? Not freeze-dried, reheated or left-over takeout, but real Mongolian Beef? It’s super simple and tastes SO good.


What you’ll need:
A #GSIOutdoors Halulite 2.7 L Pressure Cooker

2 pounds flank steak, cut into 1/4″ strips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
3 green onions, sliced into 1-inch pieces

How to do it?
Season beef with salt and pepper. Put oil in the uncovered pressure cooker. When the oil begins to sizzle, add the meat in small batches until all is nicely browned. Brown the meat in batches; do not crowd. Transfer meat to a plate when finished.

Once all the meat has been browned, add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add soy sauce, 1/2 cup water, brown sugar, and ginger. Stir to combine.

Add browned beef and any accumulated juices, place the lid on your pressure cooker and cook over high heat for about 15 minutes.

We pulled ours out, served over rice and garnished with carrots, broccoli and green onions. It was one of those meals that had everyone vowing to give it a go at home.

It was good at home too!

The beauty of pressure cookers is not only in the reduced cook time, but in the tenderness and flavor they draw out of meats. Pick one up and try it. You’ll be amazed.

…Or check out GSI Outdoors Instagram for a recipe on Dutch Oven Chicken Enchiladas.
… Or camping pizza.


Growlerpalooza 2015: Which Travel Growler Is Right For You?

What do you have planned for this holiday weekend? Are you packing your camping gear and heading into the back-country? Loading up the car to get to a family BBQ? Staying at home and enjoying some calm and relaxing festivities?

Any of these can be made better by the perfect beverage.

The folks at Gear Institute want to make sure you have all the information you need to select the best insulated growler to have your favorite brew cold and at your side for your next adventure.


Check out the full test here:


They tested everything from temperature and freshness to pour-ability, portability and intangibles.

6 different growlers were tested including the Innate 64OZ Craft Growler.

The Innate Craft Growlers are the ultimate in insulated on-the-go convenience. Many breweries offer take away beer in glass growlers that can easily shatter while commuting, but Innate’s premium insulated stainless steel growlers eliminate that risk. Sleek, durable and double wall vacuum insulated with a comfortable two fingered carrying handle; these beauties keep your beer safe and at an optimal serving temperature for you to enjoy on all of your adventures.

  • Double wall vacuum insulated construction for maintaining beer at optimal serving temperature.
  • Unique two fingered carry or pour handle with integrated lid and a cam bump. Cam bump locks lid in place to prevent it from flipping forward when pouring or drinking.
  • Airtight insulated lid with stainless steel insert to avoid taste pickup.
  • Premium 304, 18/8 food grade stainless steel body.
  • Comes in a 64fl oz [1.9L] or a 32fl oz [1L] size.


Here is an excerpt from their conclusions:

When we first branched out to take on this daunting task of standing around and drinking beer all day, we all assumed some clear winners would rise to the top of the list. What we soon found out was that it was situational, and that each of these travel growlers had moments to shine. (Well, except for the brown glass one. That thing is a nightmare).

But, alas – we didn’t spend a day drinking the amazing Banded Horn Brewing Pepperell Pilsner out of these fancy containers just to balk at the end! So here are the goods:

The runt of the bunch – and perhaps the least known too – the Innate 64oz Craft Growler excelled in all areas that we tested, and then some. First and foremost, it kept the Pepperell Pilsner cold and fresh, but it also provided an easy pour, and was a cinch to carry in almost every way.”



GSI Outdoors & Innate Gear


GSI Outdoors is pleased to announce that we’ve acquired Vancouver, Canada based Innate (, whose product collection of essentials for travel, food, and drink delivers seamless performance from work to adventure helping customers live healthy, active lives. We were drawn to Innate’s focus on creating clean design for active lives (a design philosophy of Leaner, Cleaner, Greener) and how that meshes nicely within the GSI Outdoors brand.

“The integration of Innate products into our collection is a key step in our expansion plans and the growth of our footprint in the outdoors market,” commented Don Scott, co-owner of GSI Outdoors. “Their ultra clean designs and ecologically sensitive approach to product development mesh well with the direction we are taking, evident in our spring 2015 collection.”

We can’t wait to show you some of the amazing new products in the weeks to come.


GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press Gear Review

From Open Air Life by Chet Ricketts


My initial impression of the GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press, or shall I say French press was great, visually appealing and I loved the color, nice dark blue nylon exterior wrap with a simple and soft touch. It’s a perfect size. Not too big and not too small. I hate going through all of the trouble to make a killer coffee only to do it again so quickly afterwards. Anything close to a typical large coffee is ideal and this hits the spot.


The design and build is nice, slightly rugged but it does not look out of place on my desk in my office. Yes, it’s actually something I even use in my office. The Commuter Java Press replaces the traditional plunger rod with an inner mug that creates a double wall of insulation. Coffee stays tightly sealed, no spills here and it also stays nice and hot. The rubber no slip bottom is nice and the sturdy clasp on the lip is handy. It also fits nicely in my cars cup holder.


But to the good stuff, the design is super simple and super easy; I actually think it’s great. Coffee grounds stayed clear and away from your awesome fresh coffee. As your buddies deal with that old school coffee press consider sharing your good roast with them. Camping will be better, it’s always better with good coffee. This device helps get you there.


Features and Includes:

• 15 fl. oz. Press Mug

• Sealable Lid w/ Loop

• Insulating Sleeve

• Non-Slip Foot

• Weight: 10.4 oz.

• Dimensions: 3.80″ x 3.00″ x 7.80″

• MSRP: $22.95

GSI Outdoors: Commuter Java Mug