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MSR Alpine Bowl

4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Strong: Stainless steel stands up to heavy use
  • Modular: Nests inside MSR® 1.5L pot for storage.
  • Weight:3.6 oz./102 g
  • Size: 5.5"/14cm
  • Durable Scratch and dent resistant 18-10 Stainless Steel stands up in the most rugged conditions.
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Product Description

Use it for mixing, eating, or even cooking, this tough, stainless steel bowl is super versatile.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000FBUNJW
  • Item model number: 321106
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,421 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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By Kwan L. Lowe on September 13, 2010
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I've seen stainless steel bowls of similar shape and size for around $20. This bowl is negligibly heavier than a similar sized plastic bowl but is much more durable.

The main advantages versus plastic is the ability to use it as a pot to heat food directly. It's also more durable if that's important to you.

The disadvantages are that you'll need to insulate your lap or use something to hold the bowl if you're eating very hot foods. Unlike the plastic which doesn't conduct heat as readily, I noticed that eating a just-heated chili required using a cloth napkin to hold the bowl. That's a minor point though. Others have said that metal can leave an aftertaste versus plastic but I did not notice this.

You can use it to heat water. However, if you plan on using a pair of needlenose pliers to hold the bowl (like those found on the Leatherman Wave or Victorinox Spirit) keep in mind that there's a lip around the edge that makes this tricky.
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The bowls are sturdy and look nice. But they don't nest well with each other. Or maybe I should say, they nest *too* well? If you stack them, The lip of the lower one touches the bowl above and creates, pretty much, an air-tight seal. Then, it's very difficult to separate them sometimes due to the vacuum effect. This happens whether the bowls are dry or wet, but more so when wet. I've had to bend the bowls a little to separate them. Very annoying. They should have flared out the lip of the bowls so air can get in between the bowls. Poor design. I do not recommend these if you are planning to buy more than one.
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Not too much to say here, a good bowl. Bowls are a good size, relatively light (sure it’s not Ti but it’s not bad) and seem very durable. Rather annoying that they come with a sticker inside the bowl which will leave adhesive behind when you peel it off. Not super hard to get off but not the best idea. ***These bowls are almost impossible to separate once you nest them unless you know the secret. Don’t try and pry one side up at a time, it will never work. Palm the whole bowl and lift it out, it will be a piece of cake. Problem solved! Overall a good buy for the price.
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Light, durable, worked great on a week long wilderness canoe trip. Other reviewers have commented that they can't remove the glue used to affix the labels on this bowl. MSR must have made changes because I had no problem removing the labels and there was no gluey residue.
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I've had this bowl for six years, and I've used it at home as well as hiking/camping. I absolutely love it, and as the years go by and the trips I've taken with it accumulate, I love the bowl even more.

A few random points...

* The MSR Alpine Bowl is pretty simple; it would be pretty hard to invent a better bowl. The worth of it is that it is made from sturdy stainless steel. I've held this bowl in one hand, and a titanium bowl in the other--the difference is so negligable as to be unimportant. Unless you feel the need to pay more for titanium, sometimes a higher price does not equate to a better product.

* I prefer simple dishes when I'm hiking/camping. I like the ease of cooking and eating from the same bowl, and the Alpine Bowl is perfect for that task.

* Takes up very little room in my pack.

* The price point is great; I've looked but haven't found any other stainless steel bowl that compares to the Alpine Bowl in quality and price.
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Honestly, I didn't get these for camping or any hardcore use. I just like to keep my dishes at work different, so for my oatmeal I wanted a metal bowl.

These bowls are great. They have a nice finish, they stand up well to my titanium spork and they clean very easily. They stack fairly well, but they do create a vacuum. It's really easy to release, just wiggle the bowls and they pop apart.

Now on to this "glue" problem people keep talking about. It's not glue. It's discoloration from the glue that you are seeing. I haven't had these bowls for a long time, but I already notice the discoloration starting to fade. Terrible sticker placement, but it doesn't make the bowls any less awesome.

The size is, frankly, huge. It's the biggest bowl I've ever used for oatmeal, cereal or soup. The little packet serving of oatmeal in the bottom of the bowl looks pathetic.
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These seemed expensive at $10 each but I have bought many things from Amazon that after I got it ,the quality was better than I expected.These are nothing special and for my money a fair price would be $5-$6 for these small bowls.Also after I got it I realized that the glue from the "stickers" after washing has YET to come off.Reading reviews,I found lots of people with the same complaint.I was happier with the MSR Stowaway Pot 775mi for $20.The quality for this item was much better and I'm happy with the pot and wish these small bowls were cheaper.
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We use these all the time; we chose these b/c a stainless steel bowl is awfully hard to break !!! Camping with little ones presents its own challenges and having broken bowls wasn't one we wanted to deal with. Only issue we have w/ these is they do tend to get hot - so be careful if you load up the bowl with hot items (oatmeal for example) and than go to pick the bowl up. Metal conducts heat, we all know that, but we don't think about it off hand while picking up a bowl.

Oh, bowls could be a smidgen bigger too.
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