ACK Employee Colter MacKenzie took a three day weekend as part of ACK’s Go Play Day Initiative to get employees adventuring outside and he hit some campsites by the lake with some new gear. One of these items included the Bugaboo Backpacker Cookset from GSI Outdoors and he wanted to share his thoughts about the product here:
I really found that my Bugaboo Backpacker Cookset performed well on this trip. It has cups, mugs, plates, a boiling pot, and a frying pan, all of which fit together into a collapsible water bucket. It is compact and very lightweight. This thing is a must have for backpackers!
It does everything. I used it to boil water for dinner, then added noodles to the water and finally strained it with the built in strainer. The lid is made of rubber so it doesn’t get hot and it fits on the frying pan as well as the boiling pot. The mugs were great as well – they kept my coffee hot longer than expected and came with lids that have drinking spouts built in. It also includes a collapsible pot gripper, a sturdy handle which fits on the frying pan as well as the boiling pot. I give it a 8 out of 10, the only downside being how difficult it was to clean the mugs using the outside liner as a sink, forcing me to store it wet. Still, I definitely recommend giving it a look if you’re considering some backpacking that involves camp cooking!