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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not perfect. I bought this bowl for a four day backpacking trip and it worked quite well. It packed down small, and was plenty large to make two packs of oatmeal or eat a healthy bowl of ramen with craw-fish tails fresh from the river! My only concerns are that the bottom of the bowl gets rather hot if you pour boiling liquid into it, and that the material holds scent. Even after running the bowl through the dish washer after returning from a trip, it smells like brown sugar from the instant oatmeal. I’ll be keeping this in my bear can hanging from a tree from now on. Still a good product. I’m glad I bought it, and some of the other people on the trip are sure to buy one too.
Date published: 2008-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Silicone Cracking I used this product occassionally since it first came out (6-8 times a year for I'm guessing the last 5 years or so) primarily on 4-5 day backpacking trips. Rcently I noticed that the silicone was cracking all over (similar look to dry rot on an old tire but not as obvious) This past trip I noticed that holes had developed along the seams where the bowl folds. I did not use this bowl all that often, and felt it should have lasted longer. It was a cool idea, and a neat design, but the silicone doesn't seem to hold up where the bowl folds down, and over time the silicone seems to crack all over. I might still buy another, as it works well for those times when I want a bowl, but overall I feel it should have lasted longer.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This is yet another great product from Sea-to-Summit. The bowl is pretty sturdy and does not collapse while eating soup or cereal. Yet if packs perfectly flat and fits in the bottom of my pot. The cup nests inside the bowl. That means my stove, bowl, and cup all fit inside the pot, which save a huge amount of room. The bottom is really durable, and I use it as a cutting board. Never have I noticed any odor or taste from the bowl itself. The bowl sometimes is a bit hard to clean if you don't have it all the way extended, but not that bad.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Causes hot food to taste like rubber I like the idea of this bowl - it flattens down so that it is easy to pack. But, it adds a plastic/rubber taste to hot food. I usually clean my bowl by rinsing with hot water that I drink. This water tasted like it came from a rubber hose. Also, the bowl is difficult to clean - food adheres to the rubber top part in the creases where it folds. Whereas a smooth bowl was cleaned easily by swishing water around with a spoon, this bowl required using a finger to scrape the food out of the cracks.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works as a Dog Water Bowl! Note: I have not used this for backpacking. I bought it to give my dog water on long walks/hikes. It's cheaper and more compact than the fabric travel dog water bowls you see. I'm very glad I got's cheaper, more waterproof, and less messy than the dog bowls that exist.
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worked great until a mouse got it. This worked as it should, folded up nice and was the perfect size for my use. On my first trip with this bowl, I was two days in on a 6 day trip and a mouse ate a hole through the side where one of the grooves extends outward. This would be significantly less likely on a non-collapsible bowl because the mouse couldn't get their teeth around any point on the wall. I'm going with some sort of metal for my next bowl. 4 days of putting fingers over the holes in the bowl was enough for me to learn my lesson. I would still recommend this product if it fits your needs, this would probably never happen again, but I'm not taking that chance.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Left a bad taste in my mouth This bowl is a great concept and worked well for the first several backpacking and canoeing trips. After about two years of occasional use I've really noticed that the food tastes and smells like rubber. The bowl also has a lot of grooves that require meticulous cleaning; particularly in bear country. I'm looking at going to Ti to address the taste and cleaning issues while also reducing my pack weight.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything should be collapsable I have used this a few times and it is great! I used to carry around tin plates and found it more difficult to pack. This will fit in easily anywhere. It is great if you have to carry a bear tin around, it can be packed right in with the food. Depending upon what you put in it, food can get caught in the edges, but just put hot water in it and wipe it down really well.
Date published: 2013-07-14
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Questions & Answers

Would I be able to make an entire packet of Idahoan Instant Potatoes in this bowl? I would also like to add tuna to that dish - would there be room?

Asked by: Katie Keil
You absolutely can! However, I think it'd be beneficial for the actual volume of this bowls to be noted. Its about 0.7 liters or 23.67 fluid oz. This measurement is certainly not exact.
Answered by: Ramsey
Date published: 2016-05-28

Have there been tests done about chemical leaching? 

Asked by: wildrnessbuddy
We require all our vendors to comply with all federal regulations but do not have specific chemical information, unfortunately. We encourage you to contact Sea to Summit directly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-26

What is the capacity of this bowl in fluid ounces and/or millileters?

Asked by: Congahead
This bowl has a volume capacity of 22 fluid ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-31

Will the X-bowl fit inside the 4L X-pot when collapsed?

Asked by: Fred
​This bowl can nest inside the Sea to Summit X-Pot 4.0 liter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-18

can these bowls/plates/cups be put straight on the fire? like a camping stove?

Asked by: Denise H
​No, do not put this cookware directly over fire.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-29

Would this be considered microwave safe?

Asked by: rlro22
Yes, Sea to Summit states that this bowl is microwave safe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-06
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