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GSI Minimalist & Javadrip

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GSI HALULITE MINIMALIST:

  • MSRP $22.95
  • Weight 6.3 ounces
  • Dimensions 4.2" x 4.6"
  • Aluminum body

GSI COLLAPSIBLE JAVADRIP:

  • MSRP $12.95
  • Weight 4.8 ounces
  • Travel dimensions 5.6" x 5.5" x 1.0"

We recently received some great new gear here at UpaDowna, and I couldn't have been happier with it. Please allow me to introduce to you, the GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset, and the GSI Collapsible Javadrip. You can make up your own fun name for the duo, but I'm dubbing them a match made in heaven.

The Halulite Minimalist is everything you could ask for in a compact light weight cook set. It's an all in one package ready to go straight from the box to your pack. It has the usual suspects you want in a thermos/pot, you get your insulating sleeve, sipper lid, a new collapsible spoon, amazing halulite technology, and how cool is this, a pot gripper! 

GSI Halulite Minimalist Cookset

This pot gripper is made from silicone and fits over two fingers with a thumb pad,making it ridiculously easy and convenient to take your .6 liter Halulite Minimalist off the burner at any time. It has a built in magnet so you can fasten it to your fuel canister, preventing you from that last minute scramble to find a way to pull your hot pot from the burner. The Minimalist's .6 liter body itself is by far big enough for proportional meal, or large cup of coffee. The sleeve is thin, but not to thin. It keeps your drink or meal hot, at a temperature that makes holding it on a cold day a nice reward to your digits. It also has a nice traction based bottom. The lid is made with multipurpose use in mind also, featuring a rubber seal that tucks in nicely preventing the accidental spill, as well as the one I tried to do on purpose. It did leak a little, but in all fairness it was from the sipper slot. So big ups on the seal as well. The lid itself is made reversible, one way it is a sipper lid for your drink, the other, a pot lid for cooking. The collapsible spoon, fork, or the foon as GSI calls it, was my only hang up. I got a little prejudiced on the fact that it has moving pieces. To me it seemed flimsy and ready to break. It also has a really inconvenient warning sticker over the spoon, telling you not to pinch your fingers. I personally just keep my nails short and had a hard time pealing the sticker off.  I've used it and abused it, and it's past all trials and tribulations. It's built better than "Ford tough". I've adopted the Halulite Minimalist not only as a new piece of gear, but also as my daily coffee mug.

Ever had a long day of hard hiking through the back country? The kind that makes you just want to skip dinner, so you can set up your tent and crawl straight into your bag? If you find yourself in such a situation, it's always nice to make the most of the next morning. Why not make the best part of waking up, the Foldgers in your GSI COLLAPSIBLE JAVADRIP!!! This handy little fella collapses down to ruffly 5.5"x1" (that's 15 cm x 2.5 cm for all my metric friends) making it easy to pack, and easy to store. The body is made from silicone, which collapses like an accordion into itself. The body has a fit ring design inside to hold #4 filters in place, so you're not drinking a cup of grounds. It's durable and easy to hand wash. It does take a few minutes to get a full cup of coffee, and you're going to need to watch it and add water accordingly. This all depends on how much coffee you want to make. If you're in need of a quick cup of coffee (or tea, sorry Ryan) before you hit the trail, then the JAVADRIP is for you.

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Combine the two together for a perfect cup of coffee. Their small stature makes packing a synch. The next time your heading out on an ultralight trek, or you need to save some space in your pack, this is the perfect set up for you. I have a feeling this couple will have many adventures together, and live happily ever after. Menikmati

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