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 to the drawing board for this one, and design something more durable and versatile.

Functionality: 7/10

The idea of GSI’s Spice Missile is great. Six spice compartments, in a small compact silo. The silo unscrews for access to each of the spices, which can labeled with provided stickers. And for the most part it works as advertised. Yet flaws abound.

Let’s start with the shaker design. The silo consists of three separate shakers, each containing two spices. A rotating cap allows for one spice to be selected at a time, yet one of my shaker caps has become lodged in the threading of the upper shaker (which can be seen in the picture below). Now if I want to use salt, pepper is coming along for the ride. Not horrible for salt and pepper, but this could be really frustrating if your neighboring seasonings are chili powder and dill. Neighboring spices tend to migrate into the other compartment anyway, which is not ideal. Finally, the compartments are small enough that filling them is difficult.

The compartment lid, stuck in the threads

But enough of my gripes! Seasonings are an awesome luxury in the backcountry, and totally worth a little frustration. Spices can liven up otherwise plain meals, and can make a huge difference at the end of a long day. So how well does the Spice Missile hold up to backcountry use?

Durability: 3/10

I purchased the Spice Missile in the hopes that all of my seasonings needs in the backcountry would be met for years to come. I filled my spice compartments, stuck the Spice Missile in my pantry kit, and brought it on my next couple of backcountry outings. When unpacking, I noticed the lid had developed a crack, even though I had only used it for five or six days, and it had mostly just lived in my pack. Apparently this is not an uncommon problem. I have since left the spice missile at home, not wanting to experience the inevitable explosion of paprika that will occur when the lid fails.

It’s pretty disappointing when a product from a reputable outdoor brand fails within a week of use. I mostly love GSI products, but this was a pretty big letdown. Perhaps a simple redesign of the lid will fix this for the future, but for now my spice missile is a dud.

GSI Spice Missile Crack
Difficult to see, but there is a hairline crack towards the top of the lid

Practicality: 7/10

The weight of the Spice Missile is comparable to other backcountry seasoning systems (2.1 oz), and it doesn’t take up too much space. However each spice compartment is disappointingly small, roughly 1 tsp tops. This would never suffice for group cooking or a longer trip. I wouldn’t recommend taking it on any trip longer than 2-3 nights.

Affordability: 9/10

No, the Spice Missile is not exceedingly expensive. But is it worth the cost? Doubtful.

Find the GSI Spice Missile on Amazon.com

Gear Review – GSI Spice Missile
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