My favorite mess-kit ever! It's intended for two people, and comes with 2 insulated bowls (that can become 4 bowls) with lids, 2 collapsible sporks, and a pot, packaged in an easy-carry sleeve.
- It's very light and compact. Everything fits into the pot, which all fits into a waterproof sleeve that can double as a small sink.
- The pot lid has a nice o-ring to help it keep in heat, and the lid doubles as a strainer. The pot handle is encased in a non-conductive plastic, so it doesn't get hot, and folds over the top of the lid to hold it closed.
- The bowls are essentially each a set of nested bowls with a thin insulated layer between them. So, you can use them as either a single bowl, or two bowls each (for a total of 4). This means you could, theoretically, use this set for up to 4 people (though two of the four bowls would get a bit warm to the hands, and wouldn't have lids of their own). The 2 bowls each come with a lid that snaps loosely on to help keep out bugs or keep things from sloshing as you walk, and each lid has a tiny opening just big enough for the spork handle to fit through. So, you can set your bowl down without worrying you're going to eat ants when you pick it up and remove the lid to eat.
- The sporks are durable and collapsible.
- The whole thing is very compact. I pair this unit with a Generic Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition, 3.9 oz, which fits perfectly inside one of the bowls, and that is all I need other than fuel.
The only con is that it uses non-refillable MSR Isopro fuel canisters (or an equivalent generic). I miss being able to fill my own canisters before trips, instead of having to carry multiples because one is only partially full
food doesn't stick to the pot
boils water easily
I have a 15-year-old 'billy set' made by GSI out of anodized aluminum. It was very similar to this upgraded model except that the top cup/pot was also aluminum (which sets nicely on top of the bottom pot as a lid), it was a little lighter, but the butterfly-wing style handles were a little harder to use. I am still using it to this day, but this new set has a few updated features that are hard to beat.
Primarily, the non-stick finish works great when cooking your noodle packets in the pot. The pot is consequently a lot easier to clean. If just boiling water, then either the old or new work about the same. Secondly, I like the handle on this pot a lot better, but it does add some weight. Instead of folding out like butterfly wings, the long handle folds down from the top (where it serves to keep the lid in place during storage) and locks securely against the pot.
With my past set, I used the top pot as my coffee mug. Yet I find the new lexan cup to be easier to hold and drink from. On the downside, it can't be used to heat water.
Depending on how I'm traveling and who is with me, I find the combination of the old and new GSI sets to be great.
I ditched the folding spork that came with the set, as I found it flimsy and useless.
Fuel canisters do fit inside the pot but be careful that they don't scratch the Teflon...I put mine inside a sock or mesh bag.