MSR Quick 2 System Cookset Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Secure handles, straining lid and lip, deep dish plates
Cons: Skillet not included
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The MSR Quick 2 System is an eight-piece set cast from hard-anodized aluminum that includes a 2-liter pot with straining lid, a 1.5-liter pot, two deep dish plates that can also double as bowls, two insulated mugs with sippy tops, and an interchangeable pot handle. The entire system neatly nests into the 2-liter pot with the handle flipped over the top to secure it as a single, self-contained system. This set weighs under two pounds and measures 5.3 inches in diameter by 7.8 inches tall.
Although you might not be browning scallops or creating fancy sauces in your camping cookware, we created tests to see how well each set performed in some basic cooking challenges. First, we performed a boil test to see how quickly each set boiled two cups of water, and also tested the pot we most commonly use at home for comparison, which is also cast from hard-anodized aluminum. This set performed similarly to the pot our reviewer uses the most often at home.
Our reviewers wanted to know how evenly this cookware conducts heat and resists food sticking, and what better way to figure that out than to perform a fickle scrambled egg test. During this test, we beat an egg and scrambled it in each of the sets we tested. While our reviewers were pleased with the results during the boil test, they were even more pleased with the results from the scrambled egg test. This set cooks eggs pretty evenly, and also kept sticking to a minimum. During this test, one of our reviewers noted, "Clean up is going to be a breeze!" Considering the thin aluminum walls, the egg cooking performance was admirable. The only better-performing products were those with dedicated, thick-walled, and non-stick coated, aluminum frying pans.
All that being said, we also cooked down spinach in these pots, fried bacon to accompany our scrambled eggs, and prepared pizza toppings. Plus, straining water for pasta dishes is simple with the slotted lid, and it stays secure with the added lip to the 2-liter pot.
This cookware was neither the most compact set we tested nor the bulkiest. While our reviewers preferred to use it while car camping, the weight and size of this set still allowed us to throw it in a pack and hit the trail for an overnight trek. It compacts down to a size of 7.8 inches in diameter by 5.3 inches tall. This makes it small enough to easily fit inside of a backpacking backpack or in your kitchen kit.
Hard anodized aluminum isn't the strongest metal, but it is still pretty darn tough. We did not experience any issues, including scratches or dents, with this cookware during our months-long testing process. The handle system is the only area where our reviewers felt there could potentially be some long-term use failure. Since the handle is interchangeable, it isn't solidly attached to the pot.
This set weighs in at 1.7 pounds. For the weight, you acquire quite a few more pieces, and it is the perfect size for two people. It is most easily used around campsites in which you are close to your car and camping kitchen. This set is still light enough to slip into a backpack and prepare a meal for two on an overnight hike. You can even parse it down further for longer thru-hiking missions.
Ease of Use
This set cooks well and is versatile and easy to use. The deep-dish plates are handy for many different meals, from ramen to lasagna to scrambled eggs, and the insulated mugs kept our coffee hot on cold mountain mornings. The interchangeable handle clips onto the pots and locks for security.
The 2-liter pot is outfitted with a hook on the lip opposite the handle, which our reviewers found rather handy for keeping the lid on while draining water after cooking pasta.
The Quick 2 System comes with the basics plus a little extra. While it's not a fully functioning kitchen, it's pretty close, lacking only a frying pan, cutlery, and cutting board.
We examined price versus overall points and how much each set costs per ounce to determine our value rankings. Although this cookware is rated the best overall performer, it ranks relatively low on the value scale. This set is not cheap, but worth it for the number of useful pieces you get coupled with the great cooking performance.
The MSR Quick 2 System does a great job of cooking a variety of camping meals, and the unique straining lid and pour spout on the pot is fantastic - no more accidentally dumping all your pasta in the firepit while trying to drain the water out. Our main complaint about this set is the lack of a frypan, but other than that, this cookware is well-suited to most camping meals.
— Amber King & Jediah Porter