User Review: Sea to Summit Delta Mug
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $7
An inexpensive, lightweight cup. I bought this on impulse, looking to shave a few ounces off my pack's base weight. The $7 price tag made it a good gamble. Overall, it was a reliable, durable mug with a few drawbacks.
- Keeps hands warm on a cold morning
- Can't be put on direct heat/flame
- No lid
- No handle
This review is from the perspective of a coffee addict, who needs that morning cup of java to start his day.
It's a decent mug. I don't regret buying it at all. The price was great—I cringe at the idea of spending $50+ for a titanium mug. However, the "cons" with this mug do have me looking for another option.
The first thing I missed was being able to heat water directly in the mug. When my cooking pot was full of food, there wasn't an option to heat up a second cup of coffee or mug of Mexican Mocha. Nor could I just prepare oatmeal in it. (Mixing in coffee with your morning oatmeal is one way to get in 2-cups in the morning, without taking up too much time.).
Not having a handle was the second negative. The plus to this was it kept my hands warm on 26°F mornings. But there was no way to clip this to the outside of my pack. It had to be stowed (see next con, below).
The biggest "con" for this mug was not having a lid. With my heavier mug, I could walk and drink my morning coffee--then clip it to the pack once it was empty. With this mug, I had to drink my coffee, rinse out the cup, and stow it away before I could get on the trail.
So, on the one hand I felt my morning coffee was rushed. On the other hand, I felt I wasted time getting started in the morning.