Product: GSI Spice Missile Overall Rating: 6.5/10 The Verdict: Skip it, in favor of better backcountry seasoning systems The Spice Missile is a great idea, but unfortunately it doesn’t withstand the rigors of backcountry use. GSI needs to go back
Product: GSI Fairshare Mug Overall Rating: 8.5/10 The Verdict: A great mug/bowl combo The Fairshare Mug can hold a hearty helping of food, while being durable and affordable. Single-walled plastic doesn’t hold in heat very well, but a homemade insulating
Product: GSI Compact Scraper Overall Rating: 9.75/ 10 The Verdict: An excellent addition to any backcountry mess kit GSI is highly regarded for making quality backcountry cooking equipment, and their Compact Scraper is no exception. Effective for removing carbonized pasta
Product: Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker Overall Rating: 8/10 The Verdict: It’s bulky, but it produces fantastic coffee Versatile and easy to use, the Aeropress coffee maker is a luxury item for true backcountry coffee connoisseurs. Functionality: 9/10 The Aeropress
Product: MSR Mugmate Coffee/Tea Filter Overall Rating: 9/10 The Verdict: Most practical way to brew backcountry coffee It’s lightweight, packable, and it brews an excellent cup of coffee. MSR’s MugMate filter, in our opinion, is the best backcountry coffee brewing
The GSI H2Jo! is durable and affordable, but for coffee aficionados we would recommend researching other brewing systems that are currently available.
Great for sipping coffee on a cold morning, EcoVessel’s insulated mug slightly misses the mark for avid backcountry travellers due to its weight and size. Great for travellers, car campers, but not recommended for backpackers looking to minimizing weight.
The Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle is the thermos to get for anyone working on a conservation corps or looking for a rugged vessel to transport hot liquids in. It is ideal for cold weather trips, but it certainly is not for the ultralight minimalist. Overall, the Stanley Classic is great to have, but certainly is not an essential piece of gear.