GSI Pinnacle Pro 2 Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Stylish, easy to clean, slim and minimalist design lends to great stowability
Cons: Over-priced, inefficient, below average performance, minimal wind resistance, cannot store regulator inside stove
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoor
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GSI Pinnacle Pro 2
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|Pros||Stylish, easy to clean, slim and minimalist design lends to great stowability||Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance||Three burners, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burners||Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition||Affordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions|
|Cons||Over-priced, inefficient, below average performance, minimal wind resistance, cannot store regulator inside stove||Heavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durable||Awkward and sharp carrying handle, below average wind resistance||Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)||No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots|
|Bottom Line||An attractive and innovative stove that failed to perform as well as we expected or hoped||A wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance||A well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim design||Versatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we tested||This is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price|
|Rating Categories||GSI Pinnacle Pro 2||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Stansport Outfitter...||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Time to Boil (20%)|
|Wind Resistance (20%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease of Set Up (15%)|
|Ease of Care (15%)|
|Specs||GSI Pinnacle Pro 2||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Stansport Outfitter...||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Weight||11.71 lbs||13.97 lbs||13.32 lbs||4.1 lbs||9.8 lbs|
|BTU per Burner (from manufacturer)||11,000||20,000||Outer 2 burners are 25,000 each, inner burner is 10,000||9,000||10,.000|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan)||15 min||3 min 25 sec||7 min 55 sec||13 min||6 min 25 sec|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind)||6 min 37 sec||3 min 17 sec||3 min 39 sec||4 min 30 sec||4 min 45 sec|
|Cooktop Material||Stainless steel||Nickel-coated steel||Stainless steel||Enamel Coated Steel||Aluminized steel|
|Packed Size||20" x 12.4" x 1.4"||27" x 15.5" x 8.25"||23" x 12.75" x 4.3"||14" x 12" x 3.5"||21" x 13" x 3.5"|
|Cooking Surface Dimensions||19" x 11.75"||21" x 9.5"||19.5" x 9.5"||8.25" x 8.25"||18.75" x 10.5"|
|Burner/Flame Diameter||3.8"||4.75"||4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner)||2.875"||3.5"|
|Distance Between Burners (center to center)||10.25"||12.25"||7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer)||N/A||7.75"|
|Number of Burners||2||2||3||1||2|
|Type of Model||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Pinnacle Pro is a sleek, compact, and attractive car camping stove. The rugged cooking grate folds open for easy cleaning, and it boasts several innovative design features. However, this stove boiled water the slowest in all our boiling tests. It is sadly an over-priced and underperforming model. Hopefully, future iterations will improve upon its design flaws.
Time to Boil
We measured how long it takes to boil 1 liter of 58°F tap water in our windless lab (aka our garage) to test boil time. With a boil time of 6 minutes 37 seconds, the Pinnacle Pro was the slowest in our review. The stoves with cooking grates situated closest to the burners almost always boast the quickest times; however, the rugged cooking grate of the Pinnacle Pro situates your cookware 1.5 inches away from the burner, and the 11,000 BTU burners are not powerful enough to overcome this gap. This is likely why it finished last in our boil test.
To test wind resistance, we measure how long it takes for each stove to boil one liter of 58°F water when subjected to a constant 2-4 mph "wind" generated by a box fan on low. The Pinnacle Pro again performed the worst of any stove in our review. This stove surpassed the 15-minute mark, which is when we cut off the stoves to avoid wasting fuel.
The Pinnacle likely did poorly in this metric owing to the L-shaped (rather than rectangular) windscreens and the distance between the burners and the cook surface. With a DIY windscreen, this stove could handle wind better, but with the steep price tag, we would expect a product to be designed to perform well without post-purchase modifications. If your cooking plans involve meal prep in windy environs, you may want to check out the stoves in our review with superior wind resistance.
In addition to measuring wind and windless boil times for each stove, we also determine their fuel efficiency in each test. We do this by weighing a fuel canister before and after each test, then taking the average fuel consumption rate per stove. The Pinnacle Pro consumed an average of 6.5% of a canister of fuel, using 20g (0.71 oz) in the no-wind test and 37g (1.31 oz) in the wind test. On average, this positioned the stove in the middle of the pack in terms of fuel efficiency (though it was the third least efficient in the wind test).
With the large gap between the burners and the cooking surface, the Pinnacle Pro simmers well. However, in any situation where we needed high-power output, this stove failed to live up to our standards. If you only need to simmer to prepare your meals, it will not disappoint, but if you need to cook quickly after a long day of backcountry adventures, you may want to look elsewhere.
Ease of Set Up
The Pinnacle Pro performed fairly average in this category. We found it easier to set up than tear down this stove. To set up, you flip open the legs, open the stove, click the windscreens in place, and screw the regulator onto the back. It is mildly annoying to close the Pinnacle, as it can take some effort to push the buttons to close everything, and the windscreens tend to get stuck in their slots.
We dislike the position of the regulator port, as it means that the stove will take up more space on your table or tailgate, but we appreciate that the regulator is easy to install without fear of cross-threading. This is an issue on stoves with internally-housed regulator ports, as they have soft brass threads, and it can be challenging to visually ensure the port aligns with the regulator before threading it. To protect the exposed threads, the savvy engineers at GSI included a thread cover on the back of the stove, which you flip closed when not in use.
Ease of Care
The Pinnacle Pro performed well in this metric. To clean the stove, simply flip open the cooking grate and scrub the non-stick stove surface. We did find it a little finicky to unlatch the grate, and we were a little disappointed with how the metal components of this stove vibrate when stored vertically in a vehicle. However, as long as you store it horizontally, the stove is quiet in transit. Be fair-warned, the stainless steel exterior does attract fingerprints, so you will want to keep a scrubby on hand if you want it to stay shiny and clean.
With an impressively slim design, the Pinnacle Pro stashes easily in a car camping kit or the back of a vehicle. It weighs 11.71 pounds and is the most compact two-burner stove in our review, with dimensions of 20" x 12.4" x 1.4". However, it does not feature a carrying handle, and it is relatively heavy, so it is not as easy to carry as others. And, unlike some of the thicker stoves in our review, you cannot store the regulator inside the stove while in transit. To rectify these minimal issues, GSI offers a canvas carrying bag to transport and protect your stove, though this is, of course, an additional expense.
The Pinnacle Pro does not live up to our expectations for a top-of-the-line car camping stove. We would expect a stove to boil fast and resist wind like a champion for a price tag this steep. Instead, the Pinnacle falters in both of these crucial metrics. While it is aesthetically pleasing and boasts some innovative features, without some design improvements, this stove does not provide the function we expect for the price.
The highly anticipated GSI Pinnacle Pro is all form, no function. It boils slow, provides minimal wind resistance, and is relatively heavy despite the trim design. We hope that GSI improves upon these design flaws in future releases.
— Mary Witlacil
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