- Compact, Durable, Affordable
- Fits in Your Pockets
- Great Holiday Gifts
By Forrest Fisher
Usually with unexpected gunboat diplomacy, winter delivers nasty weather. Bone-chilling cold is predicted for the 2017 Christmas holiday period in many parts of the country, but don’t panic.
For outdoor folks, heading out on a hunting trip or planning to fish from a blind on the ice, it could still be great fun with the right gear. If you are a biker or hiker and live where the air is not so chilly, this outdoor gear story will also be helpful for you.
For indoor folks, it’s a good cost-effective time to shop for those you love that are outdoor folks. Read on.
I’m new to the modern sub-compact gear for cooking, warming, staying comfortable and surviving by any other term. What I have recently discovered is that the new gear is startlingly small, surprisingly efficient and pleasingly affordable.
In fact, I’m from a retired engineering career and I found the gear to be more than durable. I’m not easy on gear, my grandkids are worse. This gear has become my legitimate partner for just about everything in my outdoor life. AND, maybe best of all, it is so small.
The stove will fit into your hiking, hunting or fishing jacket pocket, or your parka, or easily into a small backpack or fanny pack with room to spare. The stove can go anywhere because it is so small and light. Made from stainless steel and aluminum, the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle 4-Season Stove (Item 56003) measures 2” x 1.8” x 3.2” in size! Imagine that. As I said, I’m startled by the small size and weight. It weighs under 6 ounces. Purchase just one in your lifetime and keep it for your lifetime.
The stove is powered by a small fuel source (isobutane) in canister form (Item 56022) that also fits into your pocket at a size of 4.3” x 4.3” x 3.7”. So compact, yet so powerful, it will warm your chilled fingers or cook a mini-gourmet meal of your choice wherever you are. I carry two of these…just in case. Just in case we need to cook fish, deer, alligator, elk, or the simple things like soup and hot dogs. It’s good to be prepared!
Down south in the Florida warm weather of December through April, beachcombers and picnickers find good use for such compact gear, kayakers too, for an island picnic lunch. For outdoor folks anywhere, this gear is just right.
With the compact source of heat and stove all set, the Glacier Stainless Camper Set (Item 68181) adds a 3-liter pot, 2-liter pot, strainer lid, 9” fry pan, four 14 ounce mugs, four 14 ounce bowls, four plates 7-1/2’ across, four sip-it tops, and a folding pot/pan gripper, and it all is nested within itself to form a rugged, compact stack that fits into a wash basin carrier. All of that in a size of 8.3” x 8.3” x 5.3” if you can imagine that. It weighs 4 lbs 9 oz. Unbelievable.
If you are as demanding as I am on my gear, this system represents a unique solution of ingenious cookware and eating-ware designed to finally meet the needs for those of us that enjoy great outdoor meals without the baggage and volume of usual home style cookware.
Plus, the modular design can be configured for backpacking, camping or anything in-between, with the exact pieces required for 2-4 people to enjoy a gourmet meal on the go, or just to warm your buns, if you know what I mean.
I’m sure we agree that eating, drinking, keeping warm and staying comfortable are life necessities wherever you go in the outdoors. With all the compact gear identified, what did we forget? We need a table!
There is a new small, ultralight table designed to keep food and drink off the ground. It is multi-purpose, can fit in your pocket, can be used for picnics, lawn concerts, on the beach, for backpacking, fishing, hiking, biking and kayaking anywhere that food and drink can be enjoyed. The 14-ounce table is an 8.5” x 12” folding platform that compacts to just 0.6” thick x 4” wide. So small. It’s strong too, constructed of sturdy, flame and heat resistant aluminum and
stainless, it will hold 20 lbs. Raised edges help keep items from sliding off. I carry two of these on my trips in search of crisp morning mist and the serenity of a beautiful orange sunset. I carry it all, because it could just be me on a scouting adventure or could be me, my wife and all of our hungry grandkids tagging along on that next adventure. But, it’s all so small and so big.
GSI Outdoors also offers a larger table too. Download the catalog and order a few new holiday gifts for your favorite people. Amazon carries most of the above with free shipping options. For more details on the specific gear mentioned here, check it out online at http://www.gsioutdoors.com/. Download the “GSI 2018 Workbook.”
Transform your next adventure with this compact outdoor gear that allows you to be prepared to satisfy many needs, literally.