When space and weight are at a premium, perhaps when you’re backpacking, camping or travelling on holiday, foldable crockery is ideal. If you haven’t come across this before, the Fozzils Solo Pack is an ingenious design using lightweight plastic. It stores flat and is assembled in seconds using simple press-studs. Fozzils promote this as “the lightest, thinnest, complete 1-person set on the planet“,
I had a set of folding crockery a few years ago made by Orikaso, who subsequently ceased production. While their original design used press-studs, they later changed it to so that the plate, bowl and cup were assembled using flaps. I found that without a strong interest in origami I couldn’t use these when I was actually out backpacking ‘in the field’. I suspect others found the same – and now Fozzils have re-invented the original, more effective press-stud design. (Incidentally, I still use my Orikaso mug regularly, but keeping it assembled permanently).
I received the Fossilz Solo Pack as a Christmas present. The pack includes a dish (approx. 19cm square), a 600ml bowl, a 350ml cup and a spoon. Together they weigh just 116g, exluding the original packaging.
They’re a great alternative to plastic crockery, which tend to be heavier, a collection of awkward shapes in your rucksack and which often scratch over time. The Fozzils set is odour-free, non-stick, very easy to clean, extremely lightweight and (according to the packaging), “virtually unbreakable”.
While in theory there’s a lot going for the Fozzils foldable crockery, in practice it doesn’t quite stack up for me. First of all, the plastic material softens with hot foods (as the note of caution indicates on the packaging). This isn’t too much of a problem with more solid food such as pasta or rice but makes mealtimes slightly trickier when you’re drinking a cup of coffee or eating a bowl of soup. Just be carefully balancing them on your lap !
Secondly, I don’t find the mug or the spoon too comfortable to use. The edges/rim are just a little too sharp for my liking, the spoon a little too angular and the lack of a handle on the cup a drawback with hot drinks.
If the alternative to the Fozzils solo pack is a bulkier and heavier set of plastic (or worse, metal) crockery, then these issues might not seem particularly significant. However, since I would normally eat directly out of my 600ml titanium pan (ie it doubles as a pan and a dish) with a spork, and drink out of my Orikaso cup with a handle, I find myself weighing up the pros and cons quite carefully. In short, I have other options which are also lightweight and convenient.
It has to be said that the ability to fold these ludicrously lightweight items flat and slide them down the back of your rucksac is brilliant. But on balance I suspect I will be leaving the cup and spoon at home and only taking the dish and bowl from now on.
Why ? Well, for only 76g they will give me much more versatility. It means that at breakfast time I can boil a whole pan full of water for at least two cups of coffee, keeping the water hot in my pot cosy while I tuck into my muesli in the Fossilz bowl. Similarly in the evening, I can now cook up my hot meal in my titanium pan, keeping the remainder warm while I have the first portion in the dish.
What I like:
- ultra lightweight
- fold flat
- easy to assemble and clean
What I don’t like:
- sharp rim/edges on the cup and spoon
- lack of a cup handle
- plastic material softens with hot foods (particularly drinks).
The Fossilz Solo Pack is available from Backpackinglight.co.uk for £14.99 and comes in either blue or orange.
Note: I was given the Fozzils product as a Christmas present. Read more about my blog policies here.