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larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
cheap light bowl on 09/04/2006 20:03:30 MDT Print View

I realize a bowl of any sorts is forbidden to some but I've gotten 2 backcountry trips and 1 car camping trip out of the bowl that comes with a McDonald's salad.
7.5 inches in diameter with a half inch lip about 2 inches deep, 22 grams.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Cheap Light Bowl on 09/04/2006 20:15:06 MDT Print View

one word: ORIKASO (http://www.orikaso.com)
big bowl
What could be better than a fold flat mug, bowl, or plate? How about all of them in a set? Everything you need to eat off in less than 3mm of space, it's insane.
solo set

Everything folds perfectly flat. Material actually gets stronger the more you fold it.

REI carries them, as do other outdoor stores.

Edited by wandering_bob on 09/04/2006 20:17:06 MDT.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Re: Cheap Light Bowl on 09/04/2006 20:54:52 MDT Print View

Yup, those are pretty nifty but I get a real yummy mickeydee's salad with newman dressing on top of my bowl.

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Cheap Light Bowl: tried several options... on 09/04/2006 21:23:42 MDT Print View

Ditto what he said: ORIKASO (http://www.orikaso.com)

We tried several options, all cheaper (or free). The easiest option we found if you're going to be human sumping is Orakaso.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: cheap light bowl on 09/04/2006 22:24:00 MDT Print View

The Snowpeak titanium bowl is the best buy in titanium kitchenware-- $11.95 or less. You can cook in it too. Some add a wire bail and a foil lid. 5.5" diameter, 1.6oz.

SnowPeak Ti bowl

GSI makes some simple plastic bowls. Cool Whip containers are good recycled bowls and you can have a fitted lid too.

Somewhere here or in the Web hiking world, someone mentioned making a backcountry sink from the bottom of a gallon milk jug. A half-gallon jug bottom would make a great lightweight bowl and as cheap as they come.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
re Orikaso bowls on 09/05/2006 05:07:34 MDT Print View

Before you get too excited about them, check the Reviews at www.backpackgeartest.org. The bowls were found to have some faults - including a tendency to spill when carrying hot food. The plastic goes a bit soft. The cup was a bit of a failure too.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Orikaso bowls on 09/05/2006 05:23:35 MDT Print View

When these first came out I used one of the cups everyday for a couple of months for my coffee. If folded correctly I found they work great. There is a fill line inside the cup and if you don't fill it past the line they don't leak.

From the picture posted a day or so ago it looks like the cup and dish have been re-designed.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Orikaso bowls on 09/05/2006 08:26:00 MDT Print View

Of the 6 reviewers at BGT, the only negative review was yours, Roger, and you had one of the first edition Picnic sets with the snaps instead of the current friction folds.

Other reviewers questioned the stability of the PLATE, due to it's large surface area relative to the low sides, and I agree with their assessment. The bowl however has received generally very good ratings. Yes, the Orikaso items - like the titanium, lexan, and similar items - will tranmit heat. Hence my recommendation for a bandana under it when hot liquids are used in the bowl or cup.

Bottom line - HYOH. My wife, son, and I each have a bowl and really enjoy them. Easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean. Stores anywhere. The unfolded bowl slips easily down one side of the pack, or lies flat across the top. No more rigid Tuppeware or salsa containers for us.

Wandering Bob

Edited by wandering_bob on 09/05/2006 08:41:19 MDT.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Snowpeak Ti Bowl on 09/05/2006 09:44:52 MDT Print View

I gotta chime in on the Snowpeak Ti Bowl as it doubles as a pot and it nests, oh so nicely, around a 3-cup ziplock bowl with homemade cozy...

tibowl and cozy nested

Edited by jdmitch on 09/05/2006 09:46:27 MDT.

Mark Regalia
(markr) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz
Re: cheap light bowl on 09/05/2006 11:01:24 MDT Print View

I use a empty soft margerine tub. They weigh nothing, they're tough, cost nothing and best of all, you don't have to go to McDonalds;)

I like them so much that my dogs each carry one for their food and water.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Re: Re: cheap light bowl on 09/05/2006 15:15:51 MDT Print View

I hate getting busted about McDonald's over a salad, would you believe the bowls are so cool I threw the salad away... I didn't think so.

Mitchell Keil
(mitchellkeil) - F

Locale: Deep in the OC
Re: re Orikaso bowls on 09/05/2006 16:14:36 MDT Print View

I have the old bowl design with the snaps and never had a problem with it. Bought the new one with folds and tab and find that the tabs show a lot of stress, especially when used in the cold. And I have found that a lot of food hides in the folds and only shows back up when one goes to wash it after unfolding. Frankly, I am disappointed in the new design and am going back to using my Cool whip bowl and the old style when appropriate.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: re Orikaso bowls on 09/05/2006 16:53:38 MDT Print View

And I have found that a lot of food hides in the folds and only shows back up when one goes to wash it after unfolding.

That is true but it's been just the solids and it's been a simple matter to lick it clean after unfolding and before washing.

Edited by jcolten on 09/05/2006 16:55:27 MDT.

David Bonn
(david_bonn) - F

Locale: North Cascades
Re: Re: re Orikaso bowls on 09/05/2006 17:31:48 MDT Print View

I use the bottom third of an old platypus 1L bottle after it developed a leak near the cap. Weight -- 0.4oz.

Unfortunately, it is now about three seasons old and the newer platy bottles are much better made, so I don't have a failing one handy to replace it. It seems a bit much to buy a 1L platy bottle and cut it with scissors -- but a 1L platy is $4.95, while an Orikaso bowl is $5.50 and a snow peak ti bowl is $11.95 at REI.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Platy not failing? on 09/06/2006 07:47:49 MDT Print View

"I use the bottom third of an old platypus 1L bottle after it developed a leak near the cap. Weight -- 0.4oz.

Unfortunately, it is now about three seasons old and the newer platy bottles are much better made, so I don't have a failing one handy to replace it."

Did anyone else find this comment extremely funny?

Nancy A Lubas
(nal44) - F
Tupperware on 09/06/2006 07:55:33 MDT Print View

Tupperware makes Flat Outs in 3 sizes (sorry, don't know weights) - 2, 3 and 4 cups, with lids, that compress to nearly flat, though not as flat as Orikaso.

Durability and response to hot food are unknown, but Tupperware quality may be a good indicator.

Check eBay for examples.

David Bonn
(david_bonn) - F

Locale: North Cascades
Re: Platy not failing? on 09/06/2006 13:50:00 MDT Print View

Hopefully you are laughing with me, not *at me.

And it was intended to be funny, even though it is a factual statement.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Re: Platy not failing? on 09/06/2006 16:19:40 MDT Print View

They're making Platypus' stronger now? In the past five years I think I've replace about three or four various Platypus bladders. I've put them through the absolute harshest of conditions so I don't hold the company responsible for the product's demise. And I still stand by them. I'll have to mail off my current failing set of them to see what the new ones have to offer.

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: Re: Platy not failing? on 09/06/2006 20:06:11 MDT Print View

I use "Source" bladders now. I prefer them to the Platypus. As for the topic of the thread... well... I use my 24 oz. beercan for my bowl... so... not much to offer there :) I LOVE it... but it's not for everyone... and it's heavier that that McD salad bowl. BTW... microwave meals often have nice light plastic bowls.

Edited by davidlewis on 09/06/2006 20:07:23 MDT.

michael a blandina
(hairball) - F
1000 miles on 09/06/2006 21:41:55 MDT Print View

The platy is one sweet piece of gear. I really can't think of something that continuously breaks that I keep using other than my favorite bladder, "The Bladderpuss." Everyone that we hiked with last year on the AT replaced their platy around Harper's Feery. SnowBunny and I got "Cabela-pusses" that, after 1 rigorous day out of Port Clinton, PA, proceeded to leak on us until we reached Palmerton. Even if the Platy is prone to failure, it is my favorite H2O container out there.