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Does anyone ORIKASO?
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Julia O'Day
(arweninnj) - F
Does anyone ORIKASO? on 03/23/2006 09:12:58 MST Print View

Orikaso is plastic sheets that fold to make cups, bowls, etc. It weighs next to nothing and folds flat for packing. I saw this product mentioned on a budget travel website. It looks perfect for lightweight backpacking, and I wondered if anyone here has any experience with it.

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Does anyone ORIKASO? on 03/23/2006 09:51:34 MST Print View

I don't have much experience yet but I went on a week long trip with a guide who had the Orikaso bowl. He didn't have to say a thing. I watch him use it and I was sold. I did ask him later about it and you could tell it was one of his prized pieces of gear. What impressed me was the clean up. I was swishing water around my titanium cup trying to dislodge the oatmeal so I could drink it. He just unfolded the bowl and licked it clean. No watery leftovers to drink. I have thought of numerous other uses for it as well, so the 32 g (1.1 oz) is well worth it to me. I bought four, one for every member of the family. My kids have used then at scout outings. I asked them about the bowls and they said they were great, and little else. High praise I suppose? :)

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
I have the full set on 03/23/2006 10:22:13 MST Print View

Haven't had much opportunity to use it. I have enjoyed all the pieces I've used, however.

Jim Busick
(earthroamer) - F
Re: Does anyone ORIKASO? on 03/23/2006 11:12:39 MST Print View

I'm a definite Orkaso convert. I've used them since last spring. I bought 2 full sets but only use the plates, the cup is too small for me and I can make a bowl out of the plate so don't need the bowl. I mostly boil water/freezer-bag my meals so just use the plate to hold my bag but did take them on a week-long llama trip last summer where 3 of us cooked fresh food every meal and used the plates to prepare food.

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Orikaso on 03/23/2006 18:12:02 MST Print View

I have 2 bowls and the cup. I like them because they take up no space and are multi-use.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Re: Orikaso on 03/23/2006 23:06:37 MST Print View

I have the dish, I love it !
Pack frame(helps to keep sharp objects away from my back)/tray/funnell/fly swatter/fan/chopping tray/plate and ....bowl

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
All of us on 03/24/2006 08:03:52 MST Print View

Both me, my man and our kid have a dish..I love them! I bought them right when they came out, and as mentioned above, in summer they make a great cozy for freezer bags, and in winter I still leave my freezer bag in the dish and use it to hold the bag upright.
Convience aside, when I actually cooked on the trail I used to carry Lexan bowls..and the O. dish cleans up so easily compared to everything else-and I love how they fold flat and bam, in the pack :-D

Michael Bradley
(TheMadMilkman) - F
I love mine! on 03/24/2006 08:57:21 MST Print View

My favorite thing about my Orikaso plate (I have the bowl and cup as well, in case I ever want them) is that it takes up no room in my pack. I'm 6'5" tall, so everything ends up being bigger and eating up more space. Having something that just slides in and out while almost weighing nothing makes it more than worthwhile for me.

(edited for spelling)

Edited by TheMadMilkman on 03/28/2006 13:30:46 MST.

Julia O'Day
(arweninnj) - F
WOW! on 03/25/2006 14:21:30 MST Print View

Thanks for all the feedback! Looks like I will have to add Orikaso to my "to get" list! It sounds like I don't need to get all the pieces, though-just the plate or bowl would do it. Thanks again!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Does anyone ORIKASO? on 03/28/2006 02:49:37 MST Print View

There are some field reviews at Not everyone was thrilled ...
When hot the plates are soft and can wobble. The cup leaks strangely. Sigh.

Leslie Ponden
Orikaso bowl and cup on 04/10/2006 19:25:01 MDT Print View

I'm a lightweight packer who weighs everthing with a scale that registers down to one-tenth of an ounce. I bought the Orikaso bowl and cup, and was surprised to find that both weigh much more than a lightweight plastic storage container that serves as both cup and bowl. If you're an "ultralighter," these products will disappoint.

Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
interesting... on 04/17/2006 14:02:22 MDT Print View

their website shows some interesting multi-use ideas - like using it to make coffee. when i drink coffee, i use the single serve pouches. if i want some weirdo coffee (ie, not maxwell house) then i'm stuck.

until recently i have been eating out of my Walmart pot, but now i'm using a Gladware bowl - with the lid, weighs less than an ounce and it's perfect for pudding. no more ziploc bag mess.

i doubt this would work well for the pudding or anything else that needed mixed - the seams wouldn't allow everything to be mixed in.

just some thoughts

(edited for grammar)

Edited by asciibaron on 04/17/2006 14:04:04 MDT.

Chrsitina Barlow
(barlowmtns) - F
My Orikso Set on 07/17/2006 21:20:46 MDT Print View

They are nearly indestructible yet light weight and easy to carry in your pack. Especially when you need something that is flexible to fit in those tight fitting areas around all your gear in your pack. I enjoyed a nice cup of cocoa at night on the trail with the cup. The items were all real easy to wipe clean with the nonstick platic. Below is a link to a set that comes with a spork.

I hope this helps.

Mike Storesund
(mikes) - F
Re: Does anyone ORIKASO? on 07/18/2006 15:23:45 MDT Print View

I have seen newer releases of this without the snaps. I prefer the snaps which makes my bowl very versitile. If I were to look at these for the first time with just the creased, snap-less version, I would have second thoughts.

Scott Ashdown
(waterloggedwellies) - F

Locale: United Kingdom
Re: Does anyone ORIKASO? on 07/18/2006 15:45:46 MDT Print View

I have the Orikaso plate and yeah sure it will convert into a bowl or do the coffee filter paper thing but I have to say the versatility of the product is probably a little over stated. I'm surprised it's not sold as being TWO chopping boards in one, ie one on one side and one on the other!!!

The bowl and chopping board are probably the most useful to me. Converting it into a plate I feel like there should have been a few more studs so that it would make a proper plate (i.e. with four sides) as opposed to the closed on three and open flat on the fourth. If you want to eat a dinner on a plate that might "Run" i.e. sauces, gravy etc then this wont work as well as maybe you think it might.

Maybe they could print outdoor tips, recipes, first aid stuff etc on one side of the bowl and turn it into a magazine as well. That might be more useful than the plate!!!

You might have guess i'm not a big user.


Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Orikaso on 07/19/2006 07:15:55 MDT Print View

Note to file: there are TWO different models - the Picnic set which has the snap fasteners, and the Solo set with the fold-over tabs.

Both sets are reviewed at

I've seen the individual pieces of the solo set at REI. They no longer carry the Picnic version. Perhaps it has been discontinued?

Sab .
(sabme) - F - M

Locale: SW UK
cut up a platy on 08/05/2006 15:21:50 MDT Print View

I have some Orikaso Bowls which I like but the bottom cut off and old Platypus reservoir is much lighter & more packable.

Scott Ashdown
(waterloggedwellies) - F

Locale: United Kingdom
Re: cut up a platy on 08/05/2006 15:30:52 MDT Print View

Cool idea for using an old Platy. I'll have to give that a go.

David Patterson
(davidp80) - F
Re: Does anyone ORIKASO? on 08/05/2006 15:49:59 MDT Print View

Make a quick trip to your local PetCo (or any other large pet store) and pick up a $4.99 bag of 'Nibblers' rabbit treats in a resealable bag. Discard the treats (or send them to me), wash out the bag, and.....there ya go, a perfect bowl/cup that acts as its own cozy, washes easily (due to being able to shake the sealed bag after adding soap and water), weighs next to nothing, and will pack or wrap around anything in your pack. Since I have two rabbits here at home, it was the natural choice. It's more or less a cut off platypus that costs less, still sits on its own, and doubles as a cozy for cooking. I'd love to find someone else using one of these on the trail one day :P



Edited by davidp80 on 08/05/2006 15:51:52 MDT.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
platy dipper cup, cup cup on 08/05/2006 19:18:13 MDT Print View

The cut-off platypus also works for getting water at 'dipper' springs and makes a pretty good folding drinking cup, too.