Designs Squishy Bowls
Bowl and Cup Set
Owner Review by Jennifer Estrella
March 27, 2009
Name: Jennifer Estrella
Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy at yahoo dot com
City, State, and Country: Orange County, California, United
into the outdoors scene camping while 4-wheeling and day-hiking,
I switched to backpacking in the early 2000's. I have backpacked
extensively in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho along with California,
Pennsylvania and Nevada. I have slowly been cutting my base
weight to be able to go longer in duration and distance. I
have done so mainly by using better gear and dumping heavy
luxuries. (I also married a Sherpa to help.) I backpack year
round in all weather, and usually take a free standing tent
and a gas stove on all my trips. I love trying out new gear.
Web Site: www.guyotdesigns.com
Product: Squishy Bowls (Bowl and Cup Set)
Year Manufactured: 2008
MSRP: $15.95 USD
Available Colors: Tahoe Blue, Tomato, Celery,
Reviewed Color: Tomato
Weight Listed: Large
Bowl 3.3 oz (93 g); Cup 1.7 oz (48 g)
Actual Weight : Large Bowl 2.45 oz (70 g);
Cup 1.65 oz (46 g)
Bowl 16 fl oz (500 ml) capacity (to the fill line); Cup 6
fl oz (200 ml) capacity (to the fill line)
Diameter: Large Bowl 4.7 in (120mm); Cup
3.45 in (88mm)
Height: Large Bowl 3 in (76mm); Cup 2.45
Limited lifetime warranty. Warrants that the
product is free of defects in material and workmanship for
as long as the original purchaser owns the product.
The Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl set that I am reviewing features
a bowl and a cup in the set. This features a large sized bowl with
a 16 fl oz (500 ml) capacity (to the fill line) and small sized
cup with a 6 fl oz (200 ml) capacity (to the fill line).
The Squishy Bowls are made of food grade silicone that the manufacturer
states is freezer, dishwasher, and microwave safe. The manufacturer
states on the website and the packaging that the Squishy Bowls are
temperature resistant to 400 F (204 C). However, on the bottom of
the bowl and the cup it is stamped that they have a temperature
rating of -40 F (-40 C) to 500 F (260 C). The capacity limits are
also stamped on the bottom of the bowl and the cup. If I surpass
the fill line I can get a few extra ounces (ml) liquid or food into
the bowl or cup, but I create a mess when I try to stir the contents
or drink from the cup.
The food grade silicone material is a very flexible rubber-like
material. I have recently seen baking cookware sold in retail stores
made of this same material. This food grade silicone is said to
be taste free. The bowls can be collapsed, squashed, folded, put
inside out, and they still retain their original shape. The outside
of the Squishy Bowls is matte and the inside has a glossy appearance.
There is a seam that is just more than half way up the height of
the cup and about three quarters of the way up the bowl. There is
also a seam inside the bowl and the cup that is higher than the
outside seam. This is the fill line.
The cup nests inside the bowl for storage. It is not tightly nested
inside as it does move from side to side and when I turn the bowl
upside down while the cup is nested inside it does fall out.
The manufacturer recommends to hand wash the bowls using soap and
water. However, it is stamped on the bottom of the Squishy Bowls
that they are dishwasher safe.
Breakfast with the Squishy Bowls
Canyonlands National Park, Utah: This was a three
day trip with the elevation averaging around 3,900 ft (1,189 m)
at both camp locations. The daytime temperatures were between 55
F (13 C) to 60 F (16 C). The nighttime lows reached 27 F (-3 C).
The weather was sunny and clear skies.
San Bernardino National Forest, California: This
was a two day backpacking trip. Camp was located at Limber Pine
Bench at 9,300 ft (2,835 m). The temperatures ranged from 67 F (19
C) to 40 F (4 C) with enough wind to keep the mosquitoes away. The
trip had an elevation gain of 3,680 ft (1,122 m) in 6 mi (7 km)
for a total of 12 mi (19 km) for the trip.
San Jacinto State Park, California: This was a
two day solo trip. Camp was set up at approximately 9,000 ft (2,743
m). The high temperature for both days was around 58 F (14 C) and
the low was recorded at 39 F (4 C). This was a 6.5 mi (10 km) trip.
It was short because of the difficulty finding the trail in the
Cleveland National Forest, California (San Mateo Wilderness):
This was a two day backpacking trip on the Tenaja Trail
to Fisherman's Camp then to Tenaja Falls. From Tenaja Falls we went
back to Fisherman's Camp to spend the night. We hiked 9 mi (14 km)
on the first day and 3.5 mi (6 km) on the second day, all up-hill.
It hit 75 F (24 C) for a high and got down to 28 F (-2 C) at night.
The high elevation was 2,000 ft (610 m) with a total of 1,300 ft
(396 m) of elevation gain and loss.
Mount San Jacinto State Park, California: This
was a 6 mi (10 km) two day snowshoe/backpacking trip. We camped
at an elevation of 9,100 ft (2,775 m) on 5 ft (1.5 m) of snow pack.
The temps ran from 40 to 22 F (4 to -6 C).
San Jacinto State Park, California
Impressions and Performance
I think the Squishy Bowls are great. They definitely
take up less space in my pack than my titanium solo cup or my titanium
plate. They can be squashed any way that I please and they still
return back to their original shape. I really do not have to worry
about being careful with the Squishy Bowls as they are very durable
and basically indestructible. I usually nest them together and fold
them in half and jam them into my pack inside a food bag.
For breakfast I usually eat hot oatmeal
and cider on the trail. I found that I can easily fit two packages
of oatmeal into the bowl with some extra room to spare. I found
the capacity of the cup on the small side. I would rather have an
8 fl oz (237 ml) sized cup to enjoy more of my hot powder drinks
that I make. My drink mixes call for 6 fl oz (200 ml) to 8 fl oz
(237 ml) of hot water. When not using the Squishy Cup I would make
8 fl oz (237 ml) drinks. When I used boiling or nearly boiling water
in the cup or the bowl it was very hot to hold for any period of
time in one position.
I used them for dinners that I shared
with my husband. We would have rice chicken dishes, bean dishes,
or macaroni and cheese. It was nice to have a bowl to try some of
his food as he cooks and eats out of bag.
The bowl and cup do not collapse when
they are filled to the fill line or beyond. They hold their shape.
They have a circular base that is concave when looking at it from
the outside bottom portion of the bowl or the cup. This helps with
stability. The bowl and cup bottoms are rigid enough that they do
not conform to items they are placed on such as rocks and logs.
The outsides of the Squishy Bowls
are not slick. They have what I would call a matte finish that is
easy for me to retain a hold on with bare hands, gloves, and even
when the outsides are wet. This surface also prevents the bowl or
cup from sliding when put on a smooth or slick surface. It also
adds stability in an much as that when I pour liquids or foods into
them they do not slide away.
The insides have a glossy appearance
that appears to help with the reduction of food sticking to the
surface and aid with easier clean up. Sometimes I found that food
sticks a tiny bit such as oatmeal pieces, but I can easily turn
the bowl or cup inside out and lick them clean. I generally just
wash them with plain water or Camp Suds in the field. Sometimes
there is a slight residual food odor, but the bowl and cup do not
have a strong rubbery smell. There is a light smell but it is hard
for me to describe it. I will say that my drinks taste better in
the Squishy Bowls than in my titanium cup.
After returning from a trip I have
washed both the bowl and the cup in the dishwasher on the top shelf
and they did not melt from the dishwasher heat or become damaged
in any way.
Some water droplets have frozen inside
the bowl and the cup but they were easily scraped off with my fingers
and there was no damage to the Squishy Bowls. I really enjoy using
these for winter camping, especially for clean up. I just turned
them inside out and scraped them on the snow to get them clean.
Out in the field to dry the Squishy
Bowls I will use a small camp towel or hold them in one hand and
shake the water droplets off. They dry just as quickly as my metal
cookware in the field.
I wanted to see if these are microwave
safe. So at home I boiled some water in the microwave inside the
bowl and there was no damage or melting to the silicone material.
- Foldable, easily packable, conforms to small spaces
- Bowl and cup nest together
- Easy to clean most of the time
- Easy to clean by wiping on snow
That Are So So
- The bowl and cup becomes too hot for me
to hold with boiling or near boiling water or extremely
hot soups and other foods.
- The cup is small for my liking
I have enjoyed using the Squishy Bowls and I
will continue to use them. They are lightweight, packable to almost
any configuration, and fun to use. I just wish the cup was larger
and that I could hold them comfortably when boiling water is placed
inside of them.