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Reviews > Cook and Food Storage Gear > Utensils > Fozzils Duet > Test Report by Andrew Buskov
Two person ThinkFLAT dishes that are virtually unbreakable & BPA free.
Field Report: June 16, 2010
Long Term Report: August 20, 2010
Tester Biographical Information:
I’ve been backpacking for years now, and have slowly started developing my ideal style. I’ve gotten my pack weight down to roughly 25 – 30 lbs (11.3 - 13.6 kg) before water, and am whittling it down every hike. Day hiking is nice, but getting out over multiple nights is really what I enjoy. I like to take my time and enjoy the scenery as opposed to hiking hard. I also like being comfortable and insist on an air mattress. I usually tent or hammock, but stay in shelters at times.
(From Manufacturer's documentation & Website)
The Fozzils Duet set is a complete set of dishes for two people that includes two of each: spoon, cup, bowl, and plate. The entire set is packaged nicely in a notebook style pouch that makes stowing easy and convenient. Each set of dishes is color coded (orange or blue) so that it's easily recognizable which set belongs to which camper. The Duet provides an environmentally friendly alternative to using disposable dishes, while greatly saving on weight versus traditional dish sets.
Initial Impressions:The Fozzils Duet arrived in wonderful condition, without any missing pieces, and exactly as described on the company's website. Included in the package was each piece of the set; 9 pieces in total including the folding pouch all made of high quality, odor free, food grade materials. After weighing the materials I immediately set out to "put it together". After I folded the bowl together and looked in marvelous wonder at the light weight cooking kit, I realized that I didn't properly assemble the bowl. It was now that I thought it might be a good time to look at the instructions in the picture above and right.
I thought it funny that the logo was so shiny in the bottom of the bowl and how whatever utensil I used might scratch the logo off. However, after reading the instructions and noting that the logo is to go on the OUTSIDE of the bowl when it's folded properly, this seemed to be not as much a concern any more. As mentioned in the instructions, pre-folding does indeed make it easier to fold it together.
The following pieces are included in the set, along with their actual & listed weights:
Actual Weight: 0.28 oz (8 g)
Listed Weight: 0.3 oz (8 g)
The spoons fold in such a way that the handle end of the spoon creates a W before the two snaps are connected. This causes the end of the spoon to bend into its natural concave shape. Printed on each spoon is a cautionary message stating that "Liquids may leak from handle." All cautionary messages are printed in both English and French.
Folding the spoons is quick and easy, though I did notice a tendency for the snap closest to the eating end of the spoon to come loose. I think this might simply be due to the stiffness of the plastic and the fact that the folds aren't easily maneuvered yet. However, it was still a bit of a pain having to re-snap it every few seconds even though the spoon was just sitting there motionless.
Actual Weight: 1.34 oz (38 g)
Listed Weight: 1.1 oz (32 g)
The cups are much easier to fold than the spoons were and so far have not had the tendency to unsnap while sitting motionless. They seem to have a bit of an arched bottom which makes them wobble a bit when placed on a flat surface, but I do not foresee this being a problem as they do not appear to be overturned in any way by the arch. Unlike the spoon, the only printed text on the cup is "This side out" to indicate that printing goes on the outside of the cup. The cup is also designed so that there is a curve on the low side opposite the snaps. This appears to make it easier to drink from without having to deal with mouth placement over the snaps.
Actual Weight: 1.41 oz (40 g)
Listed Weight: 1.3 oz (37 g)
As with the cups, the snaps tend to stay snapped without coming apart as easily as the spoon. There is the same printed material on the bowls as there was on the cups. One thing I did note though was the ease of pre-folding the creases on the bowl was better than on the cups or spoons. I attribute this to the greater surface area to grasp and hold during the pre-folding operation. Other than being larger, the bowls appear to be designed much the same as the cups. However, the dip around the non-snap side doesn't appear to be as curved.
Actual Weight: 1.48 oz (42 g)
Listed Weight: 1.4 oz (39 g)
Here is where the similarities begin to differ a bit between the items. Unlike the deep bowls and cups, the plate is shallow with more of a straight side. Because of the nice long lines stamped into the plastic, pre-folding the plates was the easiest of all the pre-folding operations I did. They also have the greatest opportunity to fold "wrong" though. During initial pre-folding, I ended up creasing one of the plate sides that did not have a fold in it. While this doesn't appear to do anything to the structure of the plate, there is a nice white crease in a section of the plate that wasn't meant to be there. This can also be noted in the picture towards the bottom of the report where there is a half moon crease near the bottom of one of the bowls. Like the spoons, the plates also have a warning on them that says "Do not fill with liquids above this line".
As mentioned above, I wanted to include a picture of the scar that I now have on the bottom of the orange bowl due to my pre-folding incident. As can be seen on the right, it doesn't appear to be that much of an issue. It's more beauty mark than anything else, but definitely something to keep in mind when I fold them again. It didn't take much effort to create, but I don't really feel that I need to be overly careful when I fold the dishes either.
all, the Fozzils Duet set looks to be well constructed, and quite small
indeed. I'm looking forward to see how these perform on the trail. I'll
definitely be looking to see how well they handle and distribute any
heated meals that I eat with them. However, as of now, they appear to
have met all expectations that I've read about on the Fozzils website.
I must say that I do not plan on carrying them in the included carrying
case. One of the things that drew me to this test was the weight saving
ability of this design. Because of that, I'd hate to have to carry an
additional case just to store these dishes in. I'm hoping that
they will be easy enough to clean and stuff directly into the
stuffsack. As they appear so durable, this is probably what I will end
up doing, though I will likely carry a heavy duty Ziploc style
the first few times just in case they become exceptionally
or sticky and aren't as easy to clean as they appear.
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