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!
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.
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?
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).
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.
Find the GSI Fairshare Mug on Amazon.com