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MSR Quick 2 System Cookset Review

A solid kit with great components; for basic backpacking, minimal additions or subtractions need to be made.
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Price:  $100 List | $77.58 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Secure handles, straining lid and lip, deep dish plates
Cons:  Skillet not included
Manufacturer:   MSR
By Amber King & Jediah Porter  ⋅  Nov 27, 2019
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  • Cooking Performance - 25% 5
  • Packability - 20% 7
  • Durability - 15% 6
  • Weight - 15% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9
  • Features - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The MSR Quick 2 System is a high-performance cook set and a favorite amongst our testers. The set comes with just about everything you need to take you from camping at the trailhead to throwing the system in your pack and spending a few nights under the stars. It is outfitted with a couple of amenities that our reviewers found incredibly helpful. The largest pot has a little metal lip that helps you hold the lid to the pot while straining liquids, and the deep dish plates can easily be used for more soupy meals. It doesn't have all the features of the most involved base camp set-ups but has a few. This is a wonderful setting for any type of outdoor cooking scenario.


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Pros Secure handles, straining lid and lip, deep dish platesSturdy construction and efficiency-oriented heat exchanger ring, locking universal pot gripperEnvironmental and health-friendly ceramic construction, lightweight and versatile overall constructionDurable, excellent frying pan for discerning cooks, great lidGreat starter set, stable handles, some versatile pieces
Cons Skillet not includedHeavy, especially for a kit that requires addition of other features, heat exchanger ring is a little messyFragile coating and pots dent easily, no features beyond two basic potsHeavy, no non-stick coatingSmall bowls, unnecessary accessories
Bottom Line A solid kit with great components; for basic backpacking, minimal additions or subtractions need to be made.A few attributes make this efficiency-oriented cook set an excellent foundation for the practical, hearty-cooking, enthusiastic user.For gourmet and health-conscious campers, this set will form the foundation of a kit that will prepare the best meals possible outside for 3-4 people.A car camping cook set, optimized for performance and compact carry, at a high weight.A budget, one stop shop for basic camping menus.
Rating Categories MSR Quick 2 System Cookset Primus PrimeTech 2.3L Pot Set MSR Ceramic 2-Pot Set Stanley Adventure Base Camp 11 Piece Camping Set
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Specs MSR Quick 2 System... Primus PrimeTech... MSR Ceramic 2-Pot... Stanley Adventure... 11 Piece Camping Set
Measured Weight 1.7 lbs 1.6 lbs 1 lbs 4.8 lbs 1.8 lbs
Material Hard-anodized Aluminum Aluminum Hard-anodized Aluminum Stainless Steel. Pot and pan bottoms have additional layers. Hard-anodized Aluminum
Components 2L pot, 1.5L pot, strainer lid, 2 plates, 2 mugs, handle 2 2.3L pots, 1 lid, pot tongs, padded/insulated storage bag 2L pot, 1.5L pot, strainer lid, 2 plates, 2 mugs, handle 3.5L pot, vented lid, 7" 3ply frying pan, cutting board, spatula with extending handle, serving spoon with extending handle, [4] 6in plates, [4] 22oz bowls, [4] sporks, dish drying rack, heat resistant trivet, locking bungee 1.9L pot, 6.5" frypan, lid, kettle, ladle, 2 bowls, spatula, scrubbing pad, hot pad
Avg Boil Time (mins) 3.93 3.12 3.58 4.12 3.5
3L Pot? (>2.4L) 0 0 0 1 0
2L Pot? (1.5-2.4L) 1 2 1 0 1
1L Pot? (.5-1.4L) 0 0 0 0 0
Frying Pan? 0 0 0 1 1
Frying Pan Lid? N/a N/a N/a No No
Packed Size (inches) 5.3 x 7.8 in 7.9 x 5.3 in 5.3 x 7.8 in 11 x 6 x 11 in 6.75 x 3.5 in
Weight of pot closest to 1.5L, with lid and handle 0.5 lbs 0.9 lbs 0.5 lbs 1.9 lbs 0.6 lbs
Cooking Surfaces One (1.5L) non-stick pot, One (2.5L) uncoated pot Non-stick Teflon like coating One (1.5L) non-stick pot, One (2.5L) uncoated pot Stainless-steel Non-stick Teflon coating on each piece

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.

Performance Comparison


Side-by-side preparing spinach and scrambled egg breakfast with this set (bottom burner) and another (back burner).
Side-by-side preparing spinach and scrambled egg breakfast with this set (bottom burner) and another (back burner).

Cooking Performance


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.

Because this cookware conducts heat evenly  it also keeps sticking to a minimum. Cleaning up after our scrambled egg test was easy.
Because this cookware conducts heat evenly, it also keeps sticking to a minimum. Cleaning up after our scrambled egg test was easy.

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.

As you can see here  this cookware conducts heat evenly without creating hot spots which burn food while cooking.
As you can see here, this cookware conducts heat evenly without creating hot spots which burn food while cooking.

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.

Packability


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.

The entire MSR Quick 2 System  packaged up and contained.
The entire MSR Quick 2 System, packaged up and contained.

Durability


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.

The interchangeable handle design allows it to act like a hinge and flips over the top of the cookware when packed.
The handle can easily be changed between the two pots in this set by clipping into place.

The handle locks down for added security to this system so that you don't have to worry about losing control while straining your food.
The handle locks down for added security to this system so that you don't have to worry about losing control while straining your food.

Weight


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.

The Quick2 set comes with two pots and a straining lid  two deep dish plates and two insulated mugs.
The Quick2 set comes with two pots and a straining lid, two deep dish plates and two insulated mugs.

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.

This metal hook on the 2-liter pot keeps the straining lid on the pot while straining liquids.
This metal hook on the 2-liter pot keeps the straining lid on the pot while straining liquids.

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.

With the security of the metal hook  you can strain pasta with ease as well as hold on to the rubber lid handle so that you don't burn your fingers.
With the security of the metal hook, you can strain pasta with ease as well as hold on to the rubber lid handle so that you don't burn your fingers.

Features


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.

The components of the MSR Quick 2 System nest together  leaving space for a few more accessories.
The components of the MSR Quick 2 System nest together, leaving space for a few more accessories.

Value


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.

We can't emphasize enough how much we like these deep dish bowls. They are ideal for almost all camping meals!
A loaded omelet with bacon  spinach  mozzarella and toped off with salsa  these deep dish bowls make sure you don't have any leaks over the edges while eating.

Conclusion


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