Pinnacle Dualist Pot set
We were at our local outdoor gear shop, there to pick up one item, but of course we are browsing the entire store, spending way more time there than we actually need to, and that’s when we saw it … the pot set of our dreams. If there is one thing we love, besides each other, it’s really useful gear. Even more so if it is really functional. So there we were oogling the potset and naturally we had to open the box and get our hands on it. It was pretty small and included everything, two bowls, two mugs, two sporks, sink and of course a pot, that everything packed into. Even though we didn’t need it for anything we decided we were going to take it with us on our trip, so on an impulse we bought the pot set of your heart’s desire. We’ve used the Pinnacle Dualist for 9 months now while traveling and we have yet to see anything compare to its size practicality and function. We will rate this gear on size, weight, function and durability.
As I mentioned the pot set is pretty small. The pot itself is 1.8L and everything else packs inside of it, including space for your stove. Our Trangia fits in there no problem, but the stand does not. We brought this with us on every leg of our trip so far with our GSI French press and have never had a problem finding a place for it. It has been great for bike touring since it easily fits in the panniers or the trailer.
This package is definitely light. Weighing in at 1lb 4.7oz (587grams) ensures it won’t be a burden. There are certainly heavier cooking set ups that you could take but we wouldn’t.
This is where the Pinnacle dualist excels. Everything nests inside the pot and the pot fits inside a sack that doubles as a sink. The pot lid has a nice folding tab making it easy to lift off while cooking without burning your hands. The lid has some holes for straining water making pasta cooking easy. The pot handle folds over the lid when everything is packed inside locking to keep it from getting out. The handle works pretty well. When you are pouring liquids it tends to collapse a little requiring you to pay attention to not dump out your freshly cooked dinner. The pot is easy to clean with its Teflon coating. We are usually too lazy or don’t have enough water to actually wash it when we’re on a bike tour and the coating makes it easy to just wipe out with a rag or paper towel. Even after the worst cooking disasters, we have never had to scrub to get anything off. It is still free of scratches even though we regularly use metal utensils to cook with.
The mugs are really just bowls that have a neoprene liner on the outside and sippy-cup tops to help keep liquids warm. We have used them for just about every beverage since we didn’t have any other cups with us. Alternately they can be used as bowls for your friends as we have, saving our friends from eating out of the pot. They are made of plastic and are easy to clean. Another somewhat unexpected use that we have come to rely on is that the mugs with their tops make excellent, even though not leak proof, leftover food storage containers.
The bowls are a decent size about half a quart and fit the right amount of food for your average meal. Usually we would cook about 250 grams of pasta and this would always fit in each of our bowls. The bowls also have convenient measuring marks on the side which are nice when you want to be precise about the right proportions of rice to water and such.
The sporks are telescopic enabling them to fit into the middle of all the nested bowls, but they are the least impressive part of this whole apparatus. Have you ever been trying to stab a piece of sausage in a bowl of slippery tomato sauce? Well if you have it’s likely that you have collapsed your spork like we did plunging your hand directly into your food. After a few times doing this we eventually broke one of the sporks rendering it mostly useless. Luckily we had our trusted knifey spoony to pick up the slack.
For the most part the pinnacle dualist works as it is supposed to and it has nice features that make it a really versatile piece of gear.
As I mentioned above we broke a spork. The aluminum pot is also prone to getting bent and warped. We have had to reshape it on a couple occasions. The abuse from cramming it in a really packed bag and checking it on an airplane will take its toll. The plastic lid has also melted a little on our pot after cooking for around 30min. It’s usually just enough to make it soft but we have gotten some melted plastic left on the pot. When used with the Trangia we have had flames kiss the plastic coating on the handle leaving burn marks and bubbling. I’m sure most people aren’t going to spend 9 months using it every day like we have and it will hold up to just about any short backpack trip and car camping trip you can throw at it. Even now we use the pot set every day while we are living in our studio on Kalymnos and we have regular plates and pots at our disposal. While the pot set is showing wear from use, none of it affects function and I expect it to keep going for a long time.
We have seen what our friends have taken on their bike tour and while it works for one person it would be a stretch for two. When we were traveling with insignificant mass along the Danube River just about everything in the pot set was used at every meal. The Pinnacle Dualist deserves a 10 but I have to give it a 9 and a half. If the sporks were designed differently and the lid didn’t melt it would be pretty much perfect. GSI also makes a single version, called the Pinnacle Soloist, and four person version called the Pinnacle Camper.
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