Gear Review -- Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl

A set of Guyot Designs’ (www.guyotdesigns.com) Squishy Bowls—a bowl and a cup—go for $15 from REI.com. They cradle camp food on a smooth, food-grade silicone palette that cleans easy with some scrubbing in a stream, or with your tongue: Just turn the bowl inside out and lick clean.

Backpackers can fold, cram and stuff these silicon bowls in the bottom of their rucksack. They weigh almost nothing and pop back to retain their shape like magic.

Guyot’s bowls seem fragile at first. But the company promises resistance to heat up to 400 degrees. I poured boiling water in one to test, and no ill effects ensued.

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The set from REI—Guyot’s web site is currently out of stock—includes a 6 fl. oz. cup and a 16 fl. oz. bowl; the cup and bowl nest together and weigh a mere 5 ounces as a set.

I tried these bowls out earlier this week while cooking up some Cache Lake camp food. For dishes ranging from noodles to chocolate pudding, the little Guyot bowls offer a great alternative to eating out of a pie tin (I used to do that!) or scrapping communally from the camp pot.

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Posted by Stephen Heil - 11/21/2008 09:21 AM

These squishy bowls would be great to keep in the car for general use or to water the dog. They won’t break and the won’t rattle, clatter and roll around.

Posted by Rosemarie Coulthard - 11/21/2008 06:27 PM

I haven’t had the chance to use any of these squishy bowls but I think they would be great to have. We do a lot with Boy Scouts and I can see that for short or long trips they would be much easier just grab and stuff in a pack. Would be great just for traveling to have a reusable bowl, no trash to worry about. Guess I need to put these on my wish list!

Posted by Cyndee - 11/22/2008 02:00 PM

Squishy bowls and camping food, what goes better!

Posted by Lance - 09/18/2009 06:51 PM

I have used these on several hiking trips. This is the best thing I have found. Easy to clean. Easy to shove into an open spot in the pack. The small one is good for the hot drinks in cold weather. The large one always holds the right amount of food.

Don’t pass these by.

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