GSI Pinnacle Pro 2 Review
Cons: Slow boil time, minimal wind resistance, cannot store regulator inside stove, heavy, noisy when stored in vertical position, relatively fuel inefficient, expensive
Manufacturer: GSI Outdoor
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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, built to last||Affordable, straightforward to use, easy to clean and carry, compact, great wind resistance, good simmering ability||Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition||Affordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions|
|Cons||Slow boil time, minimal wind resistance, cannot store regulator inside stove, heavy, noisy when stored in vertical position, relatively fuel inefficient, expensive||Heavy, bulky, spendy||Cannot store regulator inside stove, average boil time||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 durable, wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance||A compact and reasonably priced stove that simmers well and provides great wind protection||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||Kovea Slim Twin||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||Kovea Slim Twin||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Weight||11.71 lbs||13.97 lbs||9.94 lbs||4.1 lbs||9.8 lbs|
|BTU per Burner (from manufacturer)||11,000||20,000||10,500||9,000||10,.000|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan)||Quit after 20 min||3.5 min||4.5 min||13 min||6.25 min|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind)||6.5 min||3 min||4 min||4.5 min||4.75 min|
|Cooktop Material||Stainless steel||Nickel-coated steel||Nickel-plated steel||Enamel Coated Steel||Aluminized steel|
|Packed Size||20" x 12.4" x 1.4"||27" x 15.5" x 8.25"||23.4" x 14.7" x 3.3"||14" x 12" x 3.5"||21" x 13" x 3.5"|
|Cooking Surface Dimensions||19" x 11.75"||21" x 9.5"||20.5" x 12.5"||8.25" x 8.25"||18.75" x 10.5"|
|Distance Between Burners (center to center)||10.25"||12.25"||10.5"||N/A||7.75"|
|Number of Burners||2||2||2||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 a number of innovative design features. However, this stove boiled water the slowest in both our boil and wind tests and proved fuel inefficient compared to the other stoves in our review.
Time to Boil
To test boil time, we measured how long it takes to boil 1 quart of cool tap water in a windless environment. With a boil time of 6.5 minutes, 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. This is likely why it finished last in our boil test.
To test wind resistance, we time how long it takes for each stove to boil 1 quart of water with a box fan situated 24 inches from the stove. The Pinnacle Pro again performed the worst of any stove in our review, surpassing the 20-minute mark, which is our cut-off for this test.
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 account for meal prep in windy environs you may want to check out the stoves in our review with superior wind resistance.
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 well in this category. To set up this slim stove, you flip open the legs, open the stove, click the windscreens in place, and screw the regulator onto the back of the stove.
We appreciate the design of the regulator port because the exposed threads on the receiving end diminish the likelihood of cross-threading your regulator. 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 decently well in this metric, too. 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 something 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. However, it does not feature a carrying handle, and it is relatively heavy, so it is not as easy to carry as some of the other stoves. 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, is relatively fuel-inefficient, 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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