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Backpacker Magazine – June 2009

Gear Review: MSR Exo 2 System Cook Kit

This cook kit provides a light solution for two-person dinners in the backcountry.

by: Kristin Hostetter

MSR Exo 2 System (Courtesy photo)
MSR Exo 2 System (Courtesy photo)

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Go light and lighter with this complete two-person mess kit. The Exo 2 includes a 2.4-liter titanium pot with strainer lid, plus a pair of color-coded polypropylene plates and insulated cups–and the whole thing easily pares down for fast-and-light solo outings.

"I love the rock-solid pot handle that snaps tight over the strainer lid to keep the whole set contained," said a tester after using the system for several months. "And the trapezoid-shaped cup is easy to hold, even with gloves on." The high-sided plates work for soup or spaghetti, and everything fits together neatly (with space in each cup for a small canister and stove). Gripe: Uncoated titanium tends to be sticky and hard to clean; stir contents often. $120; 1 lb. 5 oz.;

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Oct 15, 2009

I have this set now for five months. Bought on sale at REI for 80 bucks. Absolutely the best for two people that I've found, much better than the smaller one that comes with it's own sink that my friend has. Very good for the bring the wife along hikes, But it stays home on the fast and light trips. I have a small titanium pot for those, just don't eat as well.

Really ?
Sep 07, 2009

Really ? 120 dollars for two metal plates, two metal cups, and a pot ?

wow. how yuppy.

Jul 30, 2009

I love this set. There's even room inside for a pocket rocket stove (in it's case). One warning: The cups are well insulated so it's hard to tell how hot the metal is that touches your lip. My first sip of coffee after poring boiling water in the cup caused a blister on my lip. No problems after the first sip.


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