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First Take: MSR Quick 2 System Review

A couple weeks ago when REI was having its last sale I noticed the MSR® Quick™ 2 System was on sale for around $70. While I really didn’t need the two plates and mugs it was the same price as just the MSR® Quick™ 2 Pot Set (minus the goodies). Last year I picked up a MSR® Flex 3 System that I have reviewed here. The Flex 3 is a good solid set, one that we use for car camping. I like it enough that I was willing to consider picking up the 2 pot smaller version. (We also love the MSR® Quick™ 1 Pot)

It comes with:

(1)1.5L nonstick DuraLite™ DX pot, (1) 2.5L hard-anodized pot, (1) strainer lid, (2) DeepDish™ plates, (2) insulated stainless steel mugs, (1) Talon™ pot handle.

The weights are as our test:

1.5L nonstick DuraLite™ DX pot: 4.9 ounces

2.5L hard-anodized pot: 6.8 ounces

Strainer lid: 2.7 ounces

DeepDish™ plates: 2.3 ounces each

Insulated stainless steel mugs: 3.9 ounces each

Talon™ pot handle: 1.4 ounces

Our total is 1 lb 11.8 ounces, MSR’s is 1 lb, 12 ounces.

The lid as with the Flex 3 fits best on the largest pot in the set, that is something to keep in mind.It does have an inner groove so it fits on the smaller pot but it makes it a bit awkward to handle.

The largest pot is hard anodized aluminum, meaning that it is naturally non-stick (no added on surface). This is a great choice for those avoiding coatings but if you do actual cooking you will want to remember to bring your cleanup kit and as well remember to not cook a lot of acidic foods in it (it wears down the HAA surface over time). THe smaller pot has a slick surface for easy cleanups.

With both the Talon™ handle is a well proven choice for being sturdy but do realize it isn’t the best choice to be used over hot alcohol stoves. The handle could melt if exposed to direct flame – something that isn’t an issue with canister and liquid fuel stoves.

The smaller pot is a good choice for a single hiker, big enough to boil plenty of water and cook in. If I was just taking it though I would probably leave the lid at home (see above) and use a sheet of heavy duty foil instead. For a couple this set works nicely – and to save weight you can always leave the smaller pot behind, saving nearly 5 ounces.

A very solid set as I mentioned. If you only boil water and are not planning on cooking, consider getting the pot only set and save over 12 ounces plus $30 in cash. Otherwise it is always refreshing to see outdoor gear that works and is simple in design and will last a long time.

~Sarah

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