My next purchase was the Stanley Adventure Camp Cookset and although its a serious step up and it will accompany me on many outdoor adventures, it probably won't be my last cookware purchase.
Another cool aspect of the added capacity is for the fact that a single boil can nearly fill up even a 1 Liter Nalgene. I like all season camping and on those cold nights a Nalgene full of warm water in your sleeping bag can make a big difference in comfort. The Stanley system can boil around 28 ounces at once making it a much better choice over the smaller capacity cooksets. With my GSI Outdoors system I would have to boil water twice before being able to fill my Nalgene and head off to bed. Now, I can boil once , fill my Nalgene nearly full, slip it into one of my extra wool socks and head off to dream land.
And the cups being double wall help keep that coffee, soup or hot chocolate warmer while protecting your hands from the heat. They're handle-less but comfortable to hang on to none the less.
Speaking of packaging, the whole setup is very compact when all put together and weighs in at a reasonably modest 13oz. I like more than a few things about the packaging. First off, even with both cups packed inside the cook pot there is additional space to store a small alcohol stove and 1-2 small fuel bottles. Storing my entire cooking system in one package is ideal and this setup is really perfect for that. And if you wanted to leave one cup out of the system, there is even more room inside for a cook stove windbreak and eating utensils.
One thing I will mention is that although it is possible to fit my MSR Pocket rocket quite comfortably into the Stanley system, the cook pot does not actually fit very well on it. The diameter of the pot [around 3.25"] falls dangerously close to being too small to fit on the MSR Pocket Rocket tines. Even with a perfectly level setup that I had on my last outing, my boil setup ended up tipping over when I turned my back on it. Not good. My next effort resulted in a successful boil but I had to pay very close attention to how I placed the pot on the burner and even had to hold the handle to keep it from tipping.
All in all I really do like this system, especially with my alcohol stove setup. It fits perfectly on my cat food can stove and since my stove and small fuel bottles fit so well inside, this is going to be one of my staples on my future trips.
Check out my video below where I sum up all of the above. Give me a thumbs up and leave a comment if you've got some other ideas on uses for the Stanley Cookset.
Remember - Take Nothing but pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints and Waste Nothing but Time out on the trail.