The GSI Halulite Kettle is ultra-lightweight, which according to GSI is ideally suited for the ultralight backpacker. The kettle is made of the proprietary alloy Halulite, which GSI claims is as light as titanium. This alloy conducts heat better and more evenly, allowing you to conserve fuel. Halulite also resists scratches, abrasions, and even burn circles.

The kettle comes with a lid with a single lift tab on the top, coated with a siliconized rubber to prevent burns. The kettle also comes with a handle covered in the same orange siliconized rubber to prevent burns. I removed this rubber coating, finding it more of a hindrance than a benefit for my purposes. There is also a notch in the top of the handle that makes it easier to hang the kettle over a fire.

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Using the hanger to suspend the kettle over a fire.

I use this kettle on a regular basis when family camping. I’ve boiled water it in by setting it on top of my pocket rocket stove, and also by setting it in direct flames on a fire. The kettle stood up to the direct heat from the fire without any issues. Any black marks left from the fire wipe right off thanks to the Halulite material.

The pour spout on it pours nicely; no water runs down the side of the kettle when pouring. I also use this on winter day hikes with my wife; it’s the perfect size for two cups of coffee or tea while out on the trail.

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A perfectly designed pour spout.

Specifications:

  • Capacity – 1 quart / 32 ounces
  • Weight – 5.8 ounces
  • Dimensions – 6.3″ x 6″ x 3.2″
  • Material – Proprietary, hard-anodized alloy
  • Uses – Ultralight backpacking

Pros:

  • The wide base provides a larger area to heat, which cuts down on heating times and saves fuel.
  • Affordable cost
  • Lightweight, yet extremely durable
  • Large enough to store my fuel canister, pocket rocket stove, Bic lighter, and spork inside. Being able to utilize the space inside for my stove kit frees up valuable space in my pack.
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Self-contained cooking kit.

Cons:

  • The lid doesn’t fit snugly enough to lock into place. I remedied this by using a 1″-wide nylon strap fed through the top of the lid and cinched down for traveling.
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1″-wide nylon strap securing the lid and handle.

MSRP:

$22.95 direct from GSI.

GSI is well known for making ultralight gear for the outdoorsman at an affordable cost. If you’re looking for additional ultralight gear from GSI, take a look at the GSI Microdualist. These two items compliment each other well and make an extremely useful and durable backcountry cooking system.