By: Josh Shaffer
When it comes to backpacking and bivy-style hunting I’m still a novice, but I’m learning and I’ve been preparing for the upcoming hunting season over the last few months by revisiting my gear list and acquiring the needed missing items to complete my packing list for the upcoming season. I identified the need for a small reliable cook set that I can use while on day trips or overnighters while in the backcountry chasing elk.
Soto Wind Master: This stove is a nicely built backpacking stove with a compact and reliable design. It kind of reminds me of a bunson burner from chemistry lab, but its a little more sophisticated that that. It sports a pot support of origami design and folds up into a small travel pouch that easily fits into any nested cook set. Another great feature is the built-in ignition system so you won’t have to hassle with a lighter during set-up. Just spin it on to a canister of Isopro fuel and you'll be ready to cook your backcountry meals. Soto Windmaster specs can be found HERE.
GSI Pinnacle Soloist: This nested cook set allows for compact packing and space efficiency. It’s locking handle is a nice feature that keeps all parts and pieces from falling out of pot while rolling around in your pack. It’s important to note that the pot does not have measuring lines on it, but the included coffee mug does. The coffee mug will be a nice bonus while enjoying a Starbucks Via on the summit while glassing for elk/deer. The kit (without stove) weighs a meager 10 Oz. One thing to note is that the pot is a bit of a pain to get out of the carrying bag (that doubles as a wash basin). It's a small inconvenience, but I thought it was worth mentioning. GSI Pinnacle Soloist details and specs can be found HERE.
I've used the set a few times to test boil and make a few freeze dried meals. The cook set and stove will be a good combo that should provide efficiency in the field and still save on space. Some field time in the woods this fall will be a good testing ground for my new cook set.
The below results are my initial boil times with 1 cup and 2 cups of water respectively:
- 1 cup boil time: 1 min. 45 seconds
- 2 cup boil time: 3 min. 10 seconds
Note: the test boil was performed at approximately 900 feet elevation.
Until then, stay tuned....…I’ll be looking to update this post later on this fall when I’ve had some field time with the set.
Thanks for reading,