Space Saver Cup
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- Capacity: 16 oz.
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|Item Display Weight||1 pound|
|Package Height||3.5 x 4 x 4.3 inches|
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The cup will hold 16 oz. of liquid with enough headroom to comfortably boil that amount. This is exactly the amount of boiling water required for a standard Mountain House 2 serving, freeze dried entree packet. Measurements from 4 to 16 oz. are embossed on the side of the cup, which is convenient.
The cup itself is strong enough to hold up to normal use, but the metal has some give. If you step on it by accident, you'll probably be short a container. The handles are a thick wire. They don't feel particularly sturdy at first, but when I tested the cup on a gas stove (see customer image), I was surprised to find that they work quite well. They are rigid enough to safely support 16 oz. of hot liquid, and thin enough to remain mostly cool to the touch. I could actually pour the liquid into another container without spilling a drop and without a potholder of any sort, an advantage which I had not anticipated.
A 32 oz. Nalgene bottle nests tightly into the cup (the cup is easily removed, but will not easily fall off). I was able to fit the bottle with the cup into the water bottle pouch on an old military backpack with a little care. Any pouch that's made for a 32 oz. Nalgene will most likely also accept the cup.
I'm satisfied with the purchase so far.
(see customer images)
I use this with a recycled tomato can for my camp stove. The stove itself is a Pepsi can stove (google search it for many different plans). The empty tomato can serves as a windscreen and pot stand. Four holes punched with a can opener allow air flow at the bottom. The cup sits on a pair of tent stakes. It takes 30mL of denatured alcohol and six minutes to boil 500mL of water. I've neglected to time how long it will keep the water boiling, but I'd guess another 6-7 minutes. YMMV depending on the type of alcohol stove you have.
Update: I haven't seen it offered on Amazon, but if you search elsewhere you may be able to find an "Olicamp Space Saver Aluminum" cup. It's identical to this one except:
- The handles are riveted instead of welded, making it slightly harder to clean because the rivets penetrate to the inside.
- Because it's aluminum, the cup only weighs 98g (3.5oz), much lighter than this one.
- Despite the lighter weight, it holds 4oz more (20 oz total) with room to spare. The extra capacity comes from additional height; it's still the width of a Nalgene.
If you want to save weight and if cleanup isn't a big concern because you'll mostly be boiling water, this could be a great lightweight alternative. Assuming you're OK with aluminum.
-Nalgene nests perfectly
-Folding arms are sturdy and just long enough to make for a good handle
-The ounce gradations on the side can be seen both inside and outside the cup, so it's great for cooking
-Heavy, but I guess that's a price you pay for having a durable cup that you can cook with
-The arms have a tendency to flop out, but since they can be taken off very easily, it's also very easy to bend them to make the arms hold their place a little more firmly.
Not sure if this would work, but maybe in the future Olicamp could magnetize the ends of the fold out arms so that they would stay folded in more readily?
Overall a great product. In my mind, four out of five stars is a great rating. Very few products are deserving of 5/5.
But... it is not at all insulated, so it conducts a lot of heat into your hands, and holding it by the unfolded handles can be awkward. So you have to wait till your campfire coffee cools down a bit before use.
The tragic flaw is that it rusts easily. I only used mine once and rust had already began to form on the top lip of the cup.
This cup has the seed of a good idea, but poor materials and bad ergonomics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was exactly what I was looking for and it fits around my larger stainless steel water bottle perfectly.Published 20 hours ago by Glenn A.
bought this to fit inside my two other pots I have and fits great.Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
Great product! I carry it around my Nalgene everywhere I go. It is slightly too loose, so I put a rubber band around my bottle and then pushed the cup over it. Snug and secure.Published 2 months ago by AmazonAddict
Very disappointed, during manufacture the measurement marks have been stamped so deep, that it has created a microscopic tear in the metal on the number 4oz numeral causing the cup... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MG
Be careful not to cook too hot with it... food destroyed the bottom of this eventually and it became unusable.Published 3 months ago by Cheyanne W
I wanted a titanium cup, but the price was a bit too much for me so I ordered this one. I'm not a HUGE fan of the handle design, but it works. Read morePublished 4 months ago by NMSUAggies