GSI Halulite Minimalist II review: the best budget ultralight cook set (in my opinion)

GSI Halulite Minimalist II review: the best budget ultralight cook set (in my opinion)

Confession: I have a lot of backpacking stoves and pots. I have a Jetboil that’s fast and fuel-efficient, but heavy. I also have a couple of different sized titanium pots that I use with a MSR Pocket Rocket 2 stove

But the stove setup I most often end up using is the GSI Halulite Minimalist. It’s light enough, it packs small and comes with an insulated sleeve. And perhaps best of all: it’s cheap—less than $30 on Amazon. 

What makes the Halulite Minimalist II a good backpacking cook set?

There’s a lot to like about GSI’s budget ultralight cook set. It’s the right size, just big enough to fit a 4oz gas canister, a stove, lighter, and the included pot grip. The pot comes with a cozy that keeps your morning coffee warm and helps you save gas by cooking food off the flame

The package includes:

  • A 600 ml (2.5 cup) pot/mug/bowl with measurement marks
  • An insulated sleeve
  • A sip-through lid that doubles as a strainer
  • A silicone pot gripper
  • A folding spork

Note that the cook set doesn’t include a stove. I use an MSR Pocket Rocket 2. Another good option is the sub-20 dollar BRS 3000 stove

What are the drawbacks of the Halulite Minimalist II?

Although the Minimalist is my favorite cook system, there are a few things I’d like to change: 

  • The folding spoon/fork is way too flimsy for actual use. Save yourself a lot of frustration and use a real spoon or spork. I use the ¢80 GSI plastic spoon.
  • The insulated sleeve is the same color as the pot. You need to be very careful that you don’t accidentally light your stove with the cozy on. 
  • If your pot is full, the potholder will dip into your food and get dirty.
A GSI Halulite Minimalist II with the lid on.
The Halulite Minimalist packs small.
A Halulite Minimalist pot with a gas canister and a stove inside.
The pot fits a 110g fuel canister, stove, and lighter.
The pot holder is attached to the bottom of the fuel canister with a magnet.
The pot holder has a magnet so you can attach it to the gas canister for storage and when you’re cooking.
The full GSI Halulite Minimalist setup including a pot, holder, sleeve and lid.
Full setup: pot, silicone holder, sleeve, and lid. The Pocket Rocket stove is separate.
Using the silicone potholder to lift the pot into the sleeve.
Using the silicone potholder to lift the pot into the sleeve.

GSI Halulite Minimalist II weight

Pot93g3.3oz
Lid42g1.5oz
Sleeve15g0.5oz
Pot gripper11g0.4oz
Total161g5.7oz

Should you buy the GSI Halulite Minimalist cookset?

The GSI Minimalist is a great cookset if you’re looking for a cheap and functional ultralight cooking setup. If you combine it with a cheap ultralight stove, you have a full backpacking stove kit for less than 50 dollars. For example:

GSI Halulite Minimalist161g$29.95
BRS 3000 stove25g$16.95
Total186g$46.90

There’s a pretty sizeable difference if you compare that to something like a Jetboil Flash that weighs 393g and costs $109.

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