Touring - Orikaso dishes
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Anyone else here use Orikaso folding dishes? Rowan introduced them to me after someone introduced him to them. He bought a couple and brought them with him on our Europe tour. I was impressed enough to buy some when I came across them in a shop in Strasbourg.
They are very light and very easy to pack. Also, since it was my job to do the washing up, I can say that they were also very easy to clean.
Folding up the mug was a bit like an origami project, and I'm not 100% convinced about it, but the bowl and plate were great!
They are also relatively inexpensive ... or at least they were in Strasbourg. :)
Edit: More locally, I see that MEC sells them (for a bit more than I paid in Europe) ... it's nice to know I can get more if I want. :)
09-07-07, 08:28 PM
Funny you should mention those...I saw them listed on a touring blog (http://www.vwvagabonds.com/Bike/BikeHome.html) and just happened across them in my REI (http://www.rei.com/search?vcat=REI_SEARCH&query=Orikaso&x=17&y=18) so grabbed a set. I haven't had a chance to try them yet, but I love the concept. I have used an old Sierra cup and a deep Lexan plate for years.
I kinda agree about the cup. I don't think it is a safe design. It's not bad, but it seems to be an improvement over a normal cup in no particular way at all.
The bowl is better but I don't really see the improvement either. I have had them for a few years, but they just keep missing the cut. I seem to be able to get by with a cup alone most of the time, and if I was interested in more graceful living i would probably want just a regular lightweight plate. One thing is that with the magnitude of overpackaging in NA one is rarely at a loss for a vessel at any time.
I've used them for a number of tours and love them. The plate also doubles as a cutting board. The bowls are good for muesli and salads but soups can be a little sketchy. They clean easily and pack flat. Never tried the cup, but I don't drink tea or coffee. Anything I drink goes into a water bottle.
09-15-07, 01:32 AM
I used the cup/bowl/plate set (http://www.rei.com/product/739247) on my recent tour and it worked great. I left the cup folded up and stored it inside my cookpot. It was handy as a measuring cup. The plate I never folded up, just used it as a cutting board or tray to make sandwiches on. The bowl was good for cereal or granola. I don't think I used it for hot foods, those were eaten out of my cookpot (with pot cozy).
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