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We've had this set for three summers now, so I figure it's time to write a review about it. I shopped around quite a bit to find a set for two people that was reasonably light and included both a pot and a pan, since my partner likes to cook skillet-style with a pan, plus preferably a container to wash dishes in. Something versatile that cleverly packed in everything we needed with a light enough weight for backpacking if need be. We didn't have any camping equipment at all, so we needed something that would cover all our needs. This does the trick, and the GSI Crossover Kitchen accessory set fits perfectly inside for our more gourmet trips. This baby has it all: a pot, a pan, cups with lids, bowls, a strainer built into the pot lid, and even the kitchen sink. It's the do-it-all cook set. What it doesn't have is an extra pot handle, so you won't be able to use the pot and pan at the same time until you buy a second handle. Yes, GSI sells them individually for just such a time as this. Definitely something to consider, because trust me, you don't want to deal with switching the handle between both while cooking on narrow camp stoves. Besides that small consideration, it has all the essentials.
GSI makes some solid outdoor products, and we ended up being happy with this set, though it's way more than most people need for backpacking. It's aimed at car campers and gourmet backpackers, as GSI makes other, more minimalist sets for the ultralight backpackers and long-distance trekkers that are much better for those purposes. I'm eyeing their Ketalist set for the more long-distance trips I'm planning, as a lighter alternative.
This set, though, is a solid and reasonably versatile choice. To cut weight, we usually just adjust what we bring based on what trip we're going on. For example, we rarely need both the cups AND the bowls while backpacking, so we might skip the bowls, as well as the pan and accessories kit, and store our stove inside the pot; whereas while car camping, we'd include the bowls, pan, and gourmet accessory kit and store our stove elsewhere. The one unavoidable aspect is that the pot is heavier than most backpacking pots, but it's also much sturdier and more resistant to denting. It's been versatile enough for us, since we originally didn't want to buy more than one cook set. But for most, it's simply too heavy for two-person and solo backpacking. You could definitely use this set with four people, and the weight would be worth it. It's most well-suited for that sort of trip, or for car camping.
Still, it's so nicely designed that I can't help but still be proud of my choice. I don't regret buying this set at all, even if I did learn from experience that it was overkill. We will definitely continue to use it for car camping, which we do frequently. The pot and pan clean up super easily thanks to their non-stick coating, the set packs into a nice compact setup thats stores well, and it contains everything you could possibly need in a truly cleverly-designed little set. The components are well-made and well-considered. GSI really did think of everything and design a nice cook set that does more than most other cook sets at this price point. I highly recommend it… for car and RV camping. :)