Backpackinglight. uk had these Fozzils plastic flat pack camp wares on special offer and so i ordered a pack. I’ve always had a bit of a glancing interest in them but always thought they were a little too expensive to buy on a whim, so i never bought them until now.
They include, as it says on the packaging above , a cup, a dish, a bowl and a spoon.
I’ve been using them at home to find out if i would backpack with them and here are my thoughts so far.
They are very easy to assemble using press studs to create the shapes. They can be assembled inside out or back to front but the instructions say that the fish bone design should be on the outside. The difference is not initially obvious but the colour of the fishbone is deeper on the outside than on the inside.
Being made of a flexible plastic the shapes are easy to create and they wash very easily. Food doesn’t stick to them from my short experiences and therefore no scrubbing is required, just a wash under the tap.
The dish or plate as i call it.
I have found very little use for this item as its a bit of an "in between" if you get what i mean. Not much use for what foodstuffs i take when backpacking.
I found the bowl to be a good size and very useful. It’s sturdy and well balanced. A definite would use piece of kit. Cannot find a fault with this.
I found the cup to be rather disappointing considering that this item was the one i had most hopes for. The volume is ok at 300ml. Its a little unstable and with the cup tapering outwards and dish shaped its easy to spill liquids over the sides.
The biggest problem is hot liquids. The plastic is not very heat resistant and it also becomes more pliable the hotter it gets. Picking up a squidgy cup of hot coffee means you have to reduce the volume down to around 225ml to be on the safe side.
I made a handle for the cup (see photo below) using the plastic material from the packaging and it works a lot better.
Cup with MYOG flat pack handle. It adds 7 grams to the overall weight.
Although i am pleased with the result of the handle which allows the cup to be used easier and safer, i am not convinced that i would use it backpacking. A normal plastic camping cup works far better, mine is lighter and doesn’t take up that much room in a rucksack anyway. So i’m back to square one.
The spoon is a really nice design and a good weight. The business end is a good size and its not sharp considering it’s plastic sheet material. The handle is way too short for use with backpacking dehydrated meal bags, which is a real shame. My own bamboo spoon with long handle weighs 10 grams and therefore i wouldn’t replace it with the Fozzils one.
Although the flat pack design is neat for storing in a rucksack and well made, the design is not that lightweight in comparison to my current kit and some items are in my view not that practical for backpacking.
Dish. wouldn’t use it.
Bowl. Good. Practical.
Cup. Poor. No Handle, not very heat resistant.
Spoon. Good but handle too short.
Score: 2 out of 5.
Anyone want to buy a cheap Fozzils set!