I'd never heard of these flexible cups (and bottles) until I saw a whole range of them in Joe Brown's in Capel Curig the other day. I can't see how it could stand up on its own, so my best guess is that it's designed to be held by the handle for the whole time whilst in use.
Gayle. I've seen the bottles and they look ok but I've not seen the cup in the flesh. It seems a bit pointless. Dawn. That's what I thought but it is waining a bit.
My assumption (which could be entirely wrong) is that it's designed for adventure racers, who carry a cup dangling off their belt for dipping in streams as they pass. I did notice that lots of the Trans-Pyrenees participants we saw this summer had a small cup dangling within their reach, so assumed this was their method of hydration, rather than carrying water weight with them.
I know OMM runners have to carry a cup so I would agree with your assumption. An opportunity for some clever soul would be to find a compound that solidifies with hot water and can be folded up when dry.
Hi Alan, totally off topic but I saw something on holiday and immediately thought of you...https://ossroad.wordpress.com/Apologies, but I don't have the technical skills to show you this by any other means. I know there are ways of inserting links and pictures directly into blog responses, but they're beyond my range of expertise.Dave
Had a quick check Alan, they are something similar to the Swedish army folding cup. By the looks of it a little less robust
Thanks Dave. Commented on your blog post.
I have a Swedish folding cup Dawn and find that quite poor. I'm in Manchester this week so I will endeavour to see one in the flesh.
Manchester outdoor shops (all of them except Snow and Rock which is too far out of the city centre) didn't have any of the OMM flexi range. A poor show for a big city. In fact all the shops are like clones of each other, selling the same kit at the same prices. Boring.
I was curious about this cup, Alan, and I found a useful comment on www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk. ".... Granted it doesn't have a handle and you cant put it down when full without spilling the contents but then again that's not really what it's designed for.It's designed for runners or ultra light hikers who want to be able to share a quick drink before going on their way. It's the perfect size for rolling into a small pocket on a running pack or hipbelt or even small pockets on ultra light jackets."I think I'll stick to my lightweight plastic mug which is great for dipping into streams but can also be used for a nice relaxing cuppa at the end of the day.
Thanks Gibson, I popped over to UOG for a read. Ok for the racers, not for backpacking unless you can find a lightweight support frame like what you can get in vending machines. Back to my old reliable plastic mug.
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