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Gear Review: GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Cookset

A two-person cookset that comes with a stuffsack for washing dishes.

March 2011 GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist 445x260

GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist (Julia Vandenoever)

March 2011 GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdualist Mug 445x260

The squat mug (really a bowl with sipper lid) is less tippy than a tall cup. (Julia Vandenoever)

[best 2-person cookset]

You get everything plus the kitchen sink with this kit—it actually includes a welded nylon stuffsack that holds water for washing dishes. The Microdualist is a lighter (by a couple of ounces) descendant of the Pinnacle Dualist, which won a 2008 Editors’ Choice Award for its ultrasmart integration. This new version features a 1.4-liter, hard-anodized aluminum pot with a snug-fitting, rubber-rimmed, clear plastic strainer lid.

Hard-anodized aluminum goes through an electrically charged chemical bath that oxidizes the material to make the pot extremely durable and the cooking surface easier to clean—without the use of Teflon, so metal utensils won’t scratch it. Aluminum also conducts heat evenly, preventing food-scorching hot spots. The cookset comes with a pair of neoprene-insulated mugs, bowls, and telescoping sporks.

“The pot’s coffee-can shape—inherently tougher than wider-diameter models—enhances the durability of the 1-millimeter-thick aluminum,” says our tester after dropping it (repeatedly; see “Test notes,” below). The sturdy, rubber-coated handle flips over the top of the nested set for secure packing. $50; 1 lb. 2 oz.;