User Review: REI Insulated Mug
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: too long ago to remember
This is a good general purpose mug for camping. Those looking for a very light or compact mug for backpacking may want to look elsewhere.
- Appropriate capacity
- Heavy for lightweight backpacking
- Bulky for backpacking
How I use it
I've had this mug for at least a few years, and use it regularly now for car/4x4 camping. Though I've used it for backpacking, I've since switched to another mug which is a tad lighter and less bulky. I use it for my morning tea with my breakfast.
I've found this mug keeps my morning tea nice and warm, yet it's not so super-insulated like some other mugs, where it takes forever to get cool enough so you can actually drink from it. For me, in summer Sierra weather, or even cool Spring/Fall weather, it's about right.
The mug is rated at 12 oz, which is OK, though I prefer larger. The mug I replaced it with has a 16 oz capacity, and I find that's better since I don't need to consume fuel to heat additional water for a second cup.
This mug is rated at 5 oz which I think is pretty accurate. For those counting ounces for light-weight backpacking, it's a little on the heavy side. For the sake of comparison, the plastic mug I got to replace this for backpacking is around 4 oz, as is a 450ml (14oz) double wall titanium mug is around 4 oz.
This mug has a hefty feel to it, and is very solid. The lid snaps on tightly, and unlike some other mugs I've used, there's no issue with leakage.
While I don't recall the price I paid for this mug some years ago, it currently lists for $4.25 at REI. You can't beat this price! A titanium mug goes for $40-50. Even the replacement plastic mug I got for backpacking was significantly more than this one (the trade-off for slightly less weight and less bulk).
This is a fine mug for camping, and if you're not overly concerned about weight and bulk, even for backpacking. The lid fits well, and is good for keeping your tea or coffee hot (and serves to hold in tea bags or even loose leaf tea). I'd recommend this mug for general camping use. I gave this a 4 star rating ... there are no real flaws or defects, but it's not perfect (could be lighter and less bulky).