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Wildo Eating Essentials Campware Set
Reviewed By – Duane Lawrence
Initial Review – March 7, 2017

Long Term Report - September 5, 2017

Tester Information
 
Name:                Duane Lawrence
Email:                duanesgear (at) yahoo (dot) com
Location:           Sparwood, British Columbia Canada
Gender:             Male
Age:                   44 years
Height:               5’9” (1.75m)
Weight:              160 lbs (73 kg)
 
I have been an avid outdoor enthusiast for over 25 years.  I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including mountaineering, day hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, river and ocean kayaking, back-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing. I have climbed throughout British Columbia, the United States and when opportunity presents itself in Europe and India. I carry a wide variety of gear depending on the type and length of trip.  I am a search and rescue team member in the Southern Canadian Rockies and am part of the swift water, rope rescue and avalanche technical teams and ground search team.


Initial Review – March 7, 2017

Product Details

ManufacturerWildo Sweden AB
ModelWildo Eating Essentials Campware Set
Manufactured InSweden
Web Sitewww.wildo.se
MSRP$27.99
Measured Weight337 g (11.9 oz)
Listed Weight340 g (12 oz)
Set Measured Size22 cm (8.7 in) Diameter
7 cm (2.8 in) Depth
Color TestedOlive/Lime
Available ColorsOlive/Lime, Orange/Tan, Lemon/Blue, Lilac/Pink
   
Set Specifications

ItemVolumeWeightSizeMaterialMeasured VolumeMeasured WeightMeasured Size
Fold-A-Cup2.4dl (1c)25g (.88oz)9.4x7.2x9cm (3.7x2.8x1.1in)Thermoplastic Elastomer2.4 dl (1c) 24g (.85oz)5.5x9.1x7.1cm
Kasa Bowl3.1dl (1.3c)36g (1.25oz)11.5cm (4.53in) diameterPolypropylene3.5dl (1.45c)36g (1.3z)11.5x14.7x4.7cm
Kasa XL8.9dl (3.8c)80g (3oz)15.5cm (6in) diameter excluding handle
6cm(2in) deep
Polypropylene9.1dl (3.8c)80g (2.8oz)15.2x23.4x6.6cm
Camper Plate Flatn/a68g (2.4oz)15.5x2.1cm (5.7x0.83in)Polypropylene5dl (2c)67g (2.4oz)20.9x2.1cm
Camper Plate Deep n/a82g (2.9oz)15.5x4.4cm (5.7x1.7in)Polypropylene8.75dl (3.6c)84g (3oz)21x3.8cm
Wildo Sporkn/a8.5g (0.3oz)16.5x5.4/1.5cm (6.5x1.9/0.6in)PA6n/a12g (.4oz)16.3x4.7x1.8cm

Campware Set Overview

The Wildo Eating Essentials Campware sets is comprised of seven of the Wildo Campware products including a small mug, larger open mug, large bowl, shallow plate, deep plate and two sporks, the ever essential spoon, knife and fork combination.  The entire set came in a mesh bag with a little carabiner.   

The Fold-A-Cup is a small mug that can bend into itself reducing its depth from 5.5 cm (2.2 in) cm to 2.7 cm (1 in).  The cup holds about 1 cup (236 ml) of liquid and has a small 2 cm (.8 in) handle.  When unfolded the mug has a slightly narrower opening than when it is folded up. The Fold-A-Mug is made of a malleable food grade thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that is dishwasher safe and BPA (bisphenol A) free. 
 

The Kasa Bowl, made of a food grade polypropylene (PP), also BPA free and is dishwasher safe. This stiffer plastic appears to make the mug more resilient removing most of its flexibility.  All of the remainder of the products described in this report are made of PP.  The Kasa Bowl is small enough to drink from or use as a small soup bowl.  The bowl holds about 1.3 cups (307 ml) of water and has measuring lines on the inside of the bowl.  Unfortunately it did not tell me what units it was measuring.  After a little bit of unit manipulation I figured out that the 1, 2 and 3 represented 100 ml, 200 ml and 300 ml (.4c, .8c and 1.3c).  The bowl has a small 3.5 cm (1.4 in) handle.  The Kasa XL is a large bowl with an 8 cm (3.2 in) handle and can hold up to 3.8 cups (899 ml) of water.

The Camper Plate and Camper Plate Deep are 22 cm (8.7 in) in diameter with the primary difference between them being the depth.  The Camper Plate Deep is 4.4 cm (1.7 in) deep while the Camper Plate is 2.1 cm (.8 in) deep.  The Camper Plate fits nicely into the top of the Plate Deep.  The Campware Set also comes with two Sporks, also made of PP.  The handle is about 10 cm (3.9 in) with the spoon, knife and fork portion of the Sport roughly 5 cm (2 in) in diameter.    

General Impressions and Observations

The Campware set is a nice looking camp kit that has enough components to allow two people to eat and drink a meal.  The Sporks, always a favorite in my mind, appear to be stiff enough to attack most food with the spoon deep enough to actually scoop up food or soup.  The knife edge appears to be sharp enough to cut food stuffs, and the fork tines look like they should be able to spear whatever I am eating at the time.  The Fold-A-Cup is kind of neat.  It folds down into a very compact unit although it does seem to be a little small for my liking.  Even the Kasa Bowl, which can be used as a cup is small for my linking.  I am anticipating having to make many cups of tea or coffee to satisfy my morning and evening tea and coffee consumption requirement’s.  The good thing about both there relatively small size is that hot liquids won’t have time to cool off as there is not much there to begin with.  Both the bowl and cup fit nicely in my hand but the handles are a little too small for my liking.  I anticipate just holding both in the palm of my hands rather than using the handles.  I can see the handles coming in handy if needed to scoop up something but not for holding onto.

The Kasa XL is a large bowl which is listed as being a multi-use vessel that can be used a bowl, cup or as a large scoop.  It actually reminds me of a small cooking pot, not that this would be a good idea being made of plastic.  Although I can see that I could drink from this large bowl I cannot imagine it being very comfortable.  I foresee using this as a my primary bowl as I can fit enough food into it all at once without having to go back to the cook pot for seconds and thirds if I were to use the smaller Kasa Bowl.  Both the Plate and Plate Deep look to be of a useful size.  The shallower plate appears to be big enough to hold a small meal and stiff enough that when being weighted down with food it is not going to dump everything on the ground.  The Plate Deep looks even more useful with large side walls that will hold food without letting it escape.  It should be able to hold most any type of food without spilling off the sides.  The only thing I can see that would be a problem would be getting to the bottom of the plate to cut food, the sides might get in the way, but then again that is where the Plate would be perfect.  I almost forgot to mention that both plates have a small, matching, hole on the ‘handle’ of the plate (a flat bit on one edge).  I am assuming that this is placed here so that the user could clip them together and hang them off of a pack, not exactly sure.  I also almost missed that both plates actually have a handle of sorts.  It’s a flat portion of the plate, 3 cm (1.2 in) deep, that could be used to make handling the plate easier, will have to wait and see.

Over all the set appears to have everything two people would need to enjoy a meal.  Two plates, two Sporks, two cups or two bowls and a cup depending on how I would choose to use them. The handles are a little small, almost to a pointless state, but I will just have to wait and see how they actually function over the course of this test.  Everything fits rather nicely together making a relatively compact unit and the mesh bag easily fits everything.  Individually each piece is fairly light but together, weighing in at about 337 g (11.9 oz), it is a little on the heavy side for my liking. 

Long Term Report

Test Conditions

It has been a very nice summer that has gone on forever this year with no sign of rain anywhere in the near future.  For test conditions I tried a variety of foods over the test period that included about 18 nights of camping and about 36 meals, breakfasts and dinners, I do not really cook anything for lunches.  At camp I tried a variety of foods including pancakes and oatmeal for breakfast and then a variety of soups, noodles, pasta and rice dishes for dinner.  Liquids entailed tea, coffee and water for the most part.

   

Observations

The Wildo series of Campware are fairly nice to use.  I had multiple opportunities to use all of the various components in this Eating Essentials Campware set and have found that there are good and bad things about this set.  First I would say for backpacking the set is too varied.  For a two person set up there is only one of each item.  This means, when we prepared soup that one person got the big bowl and the other person the little bowl.  Seeing as there was only one cup, which was incredibly small, the other person would need to use a bowl to drink out of.  The two plates were fine, one being deep and the other shallow, but this was not really an issue.  It seemed that this set was created for two people but the focus was on giving the user a variety of pieces rather than making the set actually usable for two people.  I would suggest either making this a really two-person set up or leave it as a one-person kit.  As it is now it is somewhere in the middle which just left me confused.

With respect to the individual items I think it will be easiest to go through them one by one.  First, the fold-a-cup.  Although very compactable it is about the only positive thing I can think of when reviewing this item.  It is just so small in so many ways it is not very useful.  The total volume of this cup is tiny resulting in it having to be refilled on a continual basis.  It does not hold any heat for hot beverages and the handle is tiny.  The fold-a-cup needs to be three or four times the size for me to consider using it. And even then if it cannot keep my coffee warm in the morning for a good amount of time then it is fairly useless.  For water and cold beverages I would be more likely to dink out of my water bottle than get use the fold-a-cup.  

The Kasa Bowl and Kasa XL are not bad to use.  I actually really like the handles on these bowls as it makes it very easy to handle.  Both sizes are good although when backpacking two sizes of bowls are really not needed.  I would have easily been happy with the XL and left the smaller Kasa Bowl at home.  The Kasa Bowel was also supposed to double as a wide mouth cup. Although it holds enough volume to be appropriate for use as a mug and the handle is a nice size, the wide mouth of the cup is so large that the heat from any hot beverage dissipates very quickly.  So, although I had enough coffee in my mug it went cold faster than I could drink it.  On the other hand as a soup bowl or for anything that is better eaten from a bowl than a plate both the Kasa Bowl and Kasa XL were great.  Hot food holds its heat for a much longer period of time so cooling was not an issue and the handles were very nice to use. The bowls were designed with the concept of being versatile enough to be used for measuring as well which is a great idea.  The only issue here was that the measuring labels are very hard to read.  They are raised lettering on the inside of the bowls of the same color material and just hard to see.  The other problem is that the measuring lines are listed as 1, 2 and 3.  There is no designation as to what this is referring to which makes it fairly ineffectual.  The difficulty reading the letters would be negated if they listed in 100 ml or equivalent oz.  Either one would have been fine as I could have converted it from one to the other but there is no way to convert or even guess at what 1, 2 or 3 means in volume.

   

The plates, both deep and shallow, were very nice to use.  Each has a lip on the side which pushes the food away from one edge of the plate which could them be used as a handle.  This was a very nice feature of both pates and greatly appreciated for handling.  The shallow plate was very good for foods that I needed to cut while being on my plate while the deep plate contained a nice amount of food wile preventing spillage.  There is really nothing I did not like about the plates.

The Spork was, well a Spork.  Whenever something is combined it detracts a little from each aspect for the convenience of only needing one item.  Overall the Wildo Spork did a fairly good job of being an all-in-one knife, fork and spoon. The spoon held a good amount of liquid and was easy to use.  The fork was a little more challenging as the tines were a little more difficult to use when spearing food and the knife was so-so at cutting food.  My wife actually had no problem at all using the knife feature of the Spork while I, for reasons unknown, could not use it very effectively. I found that the knife blade was on the wrong side of the Spork for me.  Seeing my wife use it without issue leads me to believe that it was more me than the design.  

Materials & Durability

Overall the material used for the Wildo Campware appears to be pretty good stuff.  All of the components are ridged, excluding the flexible fold-a-cup, which was appreciated when I was eating off my lap.  I never felt that I was going to lose any food from the plate or bowls.  The plates did scratch a little when I used the knife on them for cutting things up but this was not entirely unexpected and the amount of scratching is not a cause for concern.  All of the items were very easy to clean with nothing really sticking to them.  I even tried some curry one night and it did not stain the plastic which was nice to see.  The sporks were fairly stiff which allowed for easy use but the knife and the fork are usable but not the best. As they not designed to be either one it limits there functionality, just the reality of an all in one utensil.  The fold-a-cup showed no signs of wear at the crease where it folds in half, which was a concern but appears not to be an issue.

Summary

The Wildo Eating Essentials Campware Set is a versatile set of eating options and appears to be made to last.  All of the items did well for their primary functions although I feel they missed the mark with respect to cups.  The fold-a-cup is way too small to be usable for anything other than an espresso and it does not keep liquids warm at all and the Kasa Bowl which could be used as a wide mouthed cup is like drinking out of a bowl.  Again the main issue here is it doesn't keep liquids warm. The plates, both deep and shallow are very nice to use, as are both bowls with the handles when used as a bowel.  The Spork is just fine as a utensil although it is a three-in-one tool so it is not a great spoon, fork or knife but it is serviceable. The material appear to be of high quality and built to last.  My last comment is that the set is overkill for one person and but not really set up for two people.  When I was using it for two people we always had to figure out who got what and one person always got the short straw.  Not that it was a major deal just not what I would want in either a one or two-person camp set.

Likes

Clean easily
Kasa Deep plate
Handle on bowels

Dislikes

Need to re-think cup options
Spork knife is hard to use
Fold-a-cup too small

Thank you to Wildo and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to test the Wildo Sweden AB Eating Essentials Campware set.



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