GSI Bugaboo Camper Cook set Review

After posting about My Camping Chuck Box, I was asked to go over my cook set, so here we go!

My camping cook set is the Bugaboo Camper 4 person cook set made by GSI Outdoors.

This cook set contains:

  • 1 – 3 liter pot
  • 1 – 2 liter pot
  • 1 frying pan
  • 2 lids (one for the 3 liter pot and one for the 2 liter pot and frying pan)
  • 4 plates
  • 4 insulated cups with lids
  • 4 bowls
  • 1 washpan/ storage bag
  • 1 nForm pot gripper

What I like about it:

  • As a car camper, I don’t really care too much about weight, but I do keep it in my chuck box, so it does come into play.  It weighs less than 4 pounds, so I’m happy about that.
  • The pans have a non-stick coating, which makes them easy to clean.
  • The pans are big enough to cook plenty of food for a family.
  • The whole kit packs into a 10 inch diameter space making it easy to store
  • The lids have strainers built into them, which is a nice feature.

What could be better:

  • The lids are made of plastic and I’ve heard stories of them melting.  I don’t usually cook with the lids on, so it’s not really an issue for me at this point.
  • The plates are 7.5 inches in diameter, which is a little small, but that’s not a huge deal.
  • The bowls are really just more cups.  They aren’t shaped anything like bowls.  The advantage of the shape, however, is that the food retains heat better than normal bowls because of the minimal surface area.
  • The cook set includes only 1 pot gripper.  This is fine, except that it doesn’t come off the pots particularly easily, so once it is on a pot, it is probably staying on that pot until you are done cooking.
  • It was not designed to be used over campfires.  Again, not a huge deal, but good to know.

Final thoughts:

I’m satisfied with the GSI Bugaboo Camper Cook set.  The issues I have with it don’t really diminish the usefulness of the kit.  In order to make it more functional, I purchased an additional N-Form Pot Gripper.  There are a couple of other versions of this cook set for different types of camping.  There is also the Pinnacle Series of cook sets.  The only difference between the Bugaboo and the Pinnacle sets is the Pinnacle is hard anodized aluminum rather than non-stick coated.  These are more durable, but also more expensive.  The choice is yours…

Question:  What do you cook with at camp?

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