Sea to Summit X-Set: Camping Dishes Review

Sunday, October 06, 2013 , 0 Comments

With the goal of saving space while providing versatile camping plates, Sea to Summit has delivered. As part of a series, The X-Bowl is paired with the X-Plate, X-Mug and X-Shot. This will be a review of the first three items, as I have yet to utilize the X-Shot, the other three I have utilized countless times over this past year of camping. Let me begin by saying I really like this set of camping dishes. They are versatile, hold up well and the ability to collapse allows you to maximize space while packing for your camping trips--an issue that I am sure is important to most of you. First just some general features. The bottom of the X-Bowl and X-Plate are made of nylon and designed to be able to function as a cutting board. The walls are made of food grade silicone which is able to withstand temperatures up to 300* F. Further with the flexibility of the walls you are able to not only collapse them for easier packing but also bend them for easy pouring. The entire construction is BPA free and dishwasher safe. 

The X-Bowl comes in two sizes: a 22 oz and a 39 oz. For normal use: i.e. soup, cereal, or oatmeal the smaller is more than adequate. The larger would be more adept for use as a mixing bowl or the like. The X-Plate has an 8 in diameter and works very well as a general camping plate, with the lip providing extra assurance that you wont lose your meal in the often unstable eating environments we eat at or on while camping. The X-Mug has a capacity of 16 oz. and while I really wanted to like it as much as the X-Bowl and X-Plate, truly I was not impressed with it at all. Without a solid base it just seemed flimsy and impractical. The ring around the top reinforces it a bit but overall it seems a precarious method to hold your beverage. I would definitely not feel comfortable with it holding any hot beverages. So there you have it, the X-Plate and X-Bowl are excellent and all I use anymore for dishes while camping. Easy to clean, durable, minimal in storage, and versatile. For a cup or mug there just exist more practical options: for this camper that means a solo cup for cold beverages and two-walled titanium mugs for hot beverages.