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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Ultralight Cookset, $65

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There's a special feeling of elation only a backpacker can understand when gear fits together so strategically and perfectly that it resembles little Russian nesting dolls. That's exactly how I felt when I laid my hands on the GSI Dualist cook system two summers ago while perusing REI and wondering how to spend my dividend. Complete with two insulated mugs with lids, two bowls, and a hard-anodized 1.8-liter pot with strainer lid, it is the ultimate in lightweight cookware organization. My wife and I even cut out the set of bowls, use our mugs for both, and are able to fit a fuel canister, lighter, and bottle of Campsuds in with this tight little bundle of goodness. You definitely can't go wrong with this system, unless you like bulky and heavy, but then you have some other issues that need to be tended to.

Noah Couser

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