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


GSI Outdoors: nForm Ultralight System

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We love exposure as much as anyone, but who says that you have to put up with burn marks and dead weight? We say stop making sacrifices and open your eyes to the possibilities of ultralight without the cost and constant disappointment of Titanium.

The nFORM Ultralight line has taken the unique needs of fast and light backpacking and built a system of solutions that defy the notion that ultralight means making sacrifices. Time, comfort, efficiency, performance and ultra-light weight in a system built for one or two.

From low-profile mugs whose wide base and low center of gravity help prevent spills to crushproof lids with integrated strainers, the nFORM Ultralight System is packed full of ingenious solutions to the real problems facing those who want to go fast and light. With welded sinks which double as stuff sacks, insulated sleeves to keep drinks warm, integrated nesting for ultralight stoves and fuel and folding handles which lock in place to secure your set, the nFORM Ultralight system puts your pack on super-slimming weight loss plan while leaving you feeling completely satisfied.

GSI Outdoors: Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset Review

From Outdoor Travel Blog

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THE BOTTOM LINE – The majority of backpackers out there pay more attention to the gear that we sleep on and under, than to the gadgets we cook with. But with the availability of some truly lightweight and functional kitchen systems, it can also be easy to become somewhat of a wilderness foodie. After all, if you don’t have to worry about minimizing the pots and pans in your pack to save weight, cooking a tasty and energizing backcountry meal because a breeze that you look forward to every time. Enter GSI’s Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset.

With a 1.8 liter pot, a strainer lid, 2 bowls, 2 mugs with sip-it lids, 2 tele-foons and a storage sack that doubles as a sink, the Pinnacle Dualist can easily be all the kitchen you need (minus a stove and fuel) to stay full and happy on everything from short overnights to extended month-long adventures. The teflon-coated aluminum pot is high quality, though will likely collect a series of small dents over time – unless you treat it delicately 100% of the time. You and your hiking partner will each have your own bowl, mug for tea & coffee and spork-like utensil for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is even color-coded, so Steve has no excuses when he keeps reaching for your blue bowl.

RECOMMENDED FOR anyone who wants a simple, stacking and easy-to-use cookset capable of boiling enough water for 2 freeze-dried dinners at once, cooking fresh pasta and veggies over the flame, or just reheating your homemade veggie chili in a flash. The price doesn’t sting too bad either.

GSI Outdoors: Wine in the Backcountry

There are many water bottles on the market these days. But we’ve seen few designed specifically for wine. This entry from GSI Outdoor brings the wineskin into the modern era with some nice details and a great price ($10). We filled it with some red wine and tested it out. Our first impressions on the Soft Sided Wine Carafe are below. Drink up!


The Gear: GSI Outdoors Soft Sided Wine Carafe (available now; $9.95)

Where To Test It: Campsite happy hour.

Who’s It For: Deep woods drinkers.

Specs: 750ml capacity. Weighs 1.3 oz. when empty. Double-screw cap opens to two sizes, a large opening for filling and a smaller spout for an accurate pour. A re-writeable date bar lets you record the type of wine in the bag.

Boring But Important: Made of a BPA-free plastic pouch.

First Impressions: It weighs almost nothing and folds down tiny when empty. The back of the carafe lists the proper serving temperature of 19 popular varietals (see image below), not that you’ll have much control over this in the backcountry beyond a bath in a chilly stream. Caveat: Wine is heavy, and this only carries one bottle. Fill it with whiskey for longer backcountry trips. (Or check out the Highland Flask and Highland Fifth.)


GearJunkie’s Take: While this modern version of the bota bag is pretty cool, it still doesn’t measure up with the classic leather pouch. Plus, it really needs a strap for ‘round the shoulders portability and easy access! For the price, though, this is a handy container to carry wine in a backpack.

Would We Buy It: Sure, it’s a great product for $10. It seems pretty tough and didn’t leak from a hard hand-pressure squeeze. I’d probably stow the red in an external pocket, though, just in case.


—Sean McCoy is a contributing editor. The “First Look” column highlights new gear arrivals at Photos © Monopoint Media LLC.