by Kaleb R.
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About the product:
The GSI Glacier Stainless Camper is an all-in-one cooking and eating system designed for use by 4 people. As GSI says, it’s the “Ultimate, Integrated Cooking + Eating Solution.”
From my initial inspection of the set, I would say that the Glacier Stainless camper has (almost) everything needed for 4 people to cook and eat on. More on the “almost” in a bit. Weighing in at 3.8 lbs with dimensions of 8.4 x 8.4 x 5.4″ this set is geared more toward the car camper and short hiker than for backpacking.
Using GSI’s nForm Crossover system, the Glacier Stainless Camper set nestles snugly within itself in a sack that doubles as a kitchen sink as well.
I think the best way to view the Glacier Stainless Camper set is to see it as four different units nested into one:
(1) 9″ Frypan: Stainless steal pan with integrated latch to use with folding gripper.
(1) 3 Liter Pot: Stainless steel pot with integrated latch to use with folding pot gripper.
(1) 2 Liter Pot: Stainless steel pot with integrated latch to use with folding pot gripper.
Both the 3 and 2 liter pots have liter and ounce measuring lines for convenient cooking. The straining lid can also be used with each of the pots.
(1) NForm Pot Gripper: the Folding Aluminum gripper saves space as it can be packed inside of the insulated mugs. It can be used with both pots and the fry pan.
(4) Insulated 14 oz Mugs: these mugs conveniently nest inside the 14 oz bowls. A foam liner surrounds each mug to provide insulation and protection for your hands from hot liquids.
(4) “Sip-It” Lids: these lids fit snugly on the top of the mugs to allow additional insulation, as well as comfortable and less-mess drinking.
(4) 14 oz Bowls: these “bowls” are really just cups that the mugs nest inside of. Non-insulated, I think they would be better named “eating container.” Either way, it is nice to have four additional containers that take up so little space.
(4) Plates: Made of Infinity Clear Polypropylene, these color coded plates are nothing special, but they appear to be durable, easy to clean, and nest nicely into the whole system.
(1) Welded Sink (aka Sack that holds and does everything): This is my favorite part of the Glacier Stainless Camper set. It really shows the ingenuity of the nForm Crossover system in how the storage sack can transform into a literal kitchen sink that is impermeable to water so it can be used to wash dishes in (or put out a camp fire).
This is an extremely well thought out cooking and eating system. It’s designed so that it’s easy to pack everything inside itself without getting confused and secures snugly without rattling around too much.
At the beginning of this review I mentioned that the Glacier Stainless Camper had “almost” everything. I think it lacks one thing: eating utensils. Short of that, this has everything needed to cook with and eat off of for four people. The two pots and fry pan will allow for a wide range of cooking options for all meals. Having two pots means that there is always the option of cooking food in one, while heating water in the other for hot drinks or cleanup afterwards. I am especially excited to give this set a whirl for breakfast, especially with the fry pan and mugs in mind.
I plan on using this set while doing some car camping and even picnics for all meals. Check back in about a month to see my first update after field testing the Glacier Stainless Camper set.
Thanks to GSI and 4AllOutdoors for the chance to review this product!