Bear Bowl by Bear Minimum

Janelle McCabe

Every ounce and square inch counts when you’re backpacking or bikepacking. With that in mind, Spokane startup Bear Minimum has created the Bear Bowl, a small cook bowl that comfortably holds 32 ounces of food or liquid and then wipes clean and folds down into a flat square the size of a sandwich.

The Bear Bowl is made of food-grade PTFE-coated fiberglass that expands into action with a couple of snaps. The aluminum base keeps it durable and light-weight, and nylon cord wraps around the handle, keeping it cool to the touch. I brought a full bowl of water to a boil in fewer than five minutes over a small camp stove burner. (You’ll want to save the open campfire for hotdogs and marshmallows.) No leaks here: I tested a bowl full of water overnight with nary an errant drop. It also passes the kid test: Three of my nephews easily assembled and disassembled it without a scratch to kid or bowl.

Still in its prototype stage, the Bear Bowl is available for preorder on the Bear Minimum website for $25. Bear Minimum Founder Cory Santiago states that his company “will soon complete the family with a Mama Bear and Papa Bear,” which will hold up to a gallon. //

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