GSI Fairshare Mug
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $8.50
Very stable, completely sealable, and holds a whole quart!
- volume capacity
- good design
I bought this specifically with coffee/tea in mind, when I drink either it's always in large amounts and I didn't want to monkey around with smaller mugs and having to make second batches of anything. A 32 ounce mug is the perfect solution.
Things I like in addition to its volume: the handle is solid and will work for gloved hands, the lid seals tightly making this practical for rehydrating food in your pack while you're on the move, and my Trangia mini burner and pot stand fit inside perfectly.
Things I think could be better about it: I wish they sold this in a double-walled version as well. It retains heat about as well as a Nalgene bottle which can be sapped away very quickly in cold weather. I found a great cozy for the Fairshare at 40below dot com that helps with this issue.
Oh, one thing, if you are using a drip coffee filter be aware that the top opening of this mug is very wide. My old little drip filter wouldn't span it. I upgraded to the GSI collapsible coffee filter which fits it perfectly and is wonderfully stable while brewing (important to me as I'd rather not get burned by falling filters and molten coffee grounds).
Overall, I love this mug.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $8
Great as a bowl, too big for beverages.
- Keeps food warm
- Tight seal
- Too big to drink from
Really sturdy, but hard to store in pack.
Price Paid: $5.50 (clearance)
I wish this mug would'a been around when my wife and I started backpacking in 1972.
What makes it special are several things: one is the 32oz quantity it can hold; another is the screw top lid which seals very tightly without a gasket (I've never had one that leaked); and the lightness coupled with the well designed handle.
Not to mention it's Lexan, an almost unbreakable plastic. Obviously, you couldn't cook on a stove with it.
Now I'm using them at home (I'm retired) for soups, noodle/shrimp dishes, chili and many other things. I absolutely hate to use a bowl. I can fix something hot and sit in a comfortable chair watching whatever, and don't have to loom over a bowl with a spoon or fork.
And its heat retaining quality is remarkably good, especially when used with the lid. Not too great for cold iced drinks though. Use a thermal tumbler instead.
So if you could care less about "table manners", then don't sit at a table! Hope you like them as much as I do.
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The GSI Fairshare mug holds a whopping 32 oz of your faborite beverage. Secure, screw-on lid insulates and prevents spills. Carabiner clip-in points for attaching to packs.
Don't be left holding an empty cup-get your fair share the first time around with this large-capacity GSI mug. Copolyester mug offers excellent durability and is dishwasher safe. Polypropylene screw-top lid prevents spills during transport. Mug and lid are both BPA free. Easy-to-hold, mug-style handle accommodates gloves and mittens. Gradient markings measure contents in both English and metric up to 28 fl. oz. (800 ml); filled to the brim, mug holds 32 fl. oz.
Show up to dinner with the GSI Fairshare Mug and get a hearty helping before your ravenous backpacker buddies beat you to it. This hybrid mug and bowl features a sturdy handle, screw-top lid, and side graduations for easy measuring, storing, sipping, and eating.
Get your fair portion in camp, store leftovers, or measure out rations with the FairShare Mug from GSI Outdoors. Use it for liquids or solids, there's plenty of room in this 32-ounce design that's complete with a durable handle and screw-down lid for easy storage.
- Mountain Gear