Product: GSI Fairshare Mug

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

The Verdict: A great mug/bowl combo

The Fairshare Mug can hold a hearty helping of food, while being durable and affordable. Single-walled plastic doesn’t hold in heat very well, but a homemade insulating sleeve can remedy this problem. Overall, much better than trying to eat out of a bag or out of the pot!

Fairshare Mug

Functionality: 8/10

GSI’s Fairshare Mug can hold 32 oz (1 liter) of food or liquids, and is much easier to eat out of than a “boil in the bag” meal. Much like a Nalgene bottle, the side is marked with standard measurements, so it can be used to measure rice, water, or whatever you need. Additionally, the screw-on lid is great for preventing spills.

Where the Fairshare loses points is insulation – its single plastic wall retains heat poorly. It’s never fun to be racing to finish a meal before food gets cold. A homemade solution to this is to make an insulating sleeve with some thermal bubble wrap, or thick foam, that fits tightly over the outside of the mug.

Durability: 8/10

The hard plastic of these mugs is very durable, although be warned, the handle will likely snap off at some point. In my opinion, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the handle can make the Fairshare a little cumbersome to pack. And besides, who doesn’t want to have their hands directly in contact with their coffee or tea on a cold morning?

Practicality: 9/10

Why lug around a mug and a food bowl, when you can pack the Fairshare instead? Granted it is a little bulky, but the plastic doesn’t weigh too much. For all of you hard core Leave No Trace practitioners out there, the Fairshare Mug can make dishwashing a cinch – my strategy in the backcountry is to brew up some tea right after I finish my meal, and the hot water does a great job of removing most of the food residue. After all, the best way to dispose of dishwater is to drink it! (Without soap of course).

Affordability: 9/10

Compared to some of the fancy titanium/insulated/collapsible food bowls that are currently available, the Fairshare is reasonably priced. No bells and whistles, but it will last, and it holds a sizeable portion of food.

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