Guyot Squishy Bowl

Update: I recently became a lot more fond of this bowl now that we’ve started feeding Robin dehydrated raw patties on the trail (which I prefer to serve hydrated to get extra water into him)- I can pop one in the bowl with water and mash it up by squishing the bowl.

Robin’s a fan.

Price: $12.99 for a set (1 large and 1 small bowl)

Sizing and colors: One size (8oz cup and 16oz bowl) in bright green, red, black, dark blue and orange. Note: Guyot actually makes a dog bowl with a flared-out shape, but it’s gigantic. If your dog is large, that might be one to consider.

This is a short review, but I wanted to put this bowl out there since it might work well for other small dogs. Most portable dog water bowls are way too bulky¬†for Robin to carry himself, and have a much larger capacity than he needs. This is actually a human camping “cup” but it’s about the right size for a pup Robin’s size.

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Robin drinking from the 8oz “cup” on the trail

Design 3/5

The 16oz bowl (which we take camping, see this post’s featured image) and 8oz cup (our trail bowl) are both the same flat bottomed globe¬†shape, so they hold water in well without splashing, but have a narrow opening that some dogs might not be thrilled about. Online product information¬†indicates that they’re made of food-grade silicone, but when the silicone is twisted, it shows white edges which I’ve read¬†means it’s impure. I don’t worry too much because I only put cold water in these, but I wouldn’t buy them for hot food.

The bowl has two main drawbacks Рits small base (which makes it very easy to knock over) and its lack of a closure to keep it folded.

Fit 4/5

The 8oz cup is just the right size for Robin (who has a history of begging thirstily¬†for water and then only taking¬†a couple laps). It fits his snout, though barely, with enough room to drink. I do think he’d prefer a wider rim.

He wastes a lot less water this way than when he drinks directly from my Camelbak’s stream or from a larger bowl, and being a somewhat skittish dog, he’s been iffy about folding bowls in the past so the firm shape is a plus.

Function 4/5

As a bowl, it’s great. The thick silicone easily snaps open and holds its shape when filled (the bigger bowl gets a little more jiggly, but can still be carried around).¬†I like not having to unzip/open up a bowl when I’m giving him water – the second I pull it out, it’s ready to go.

However, it’s a bit of a difficult character when it comes to packing. It doesn’t have any kind of rivet or loop for clipping it to the outside of a pack, so it has to be packed inside my pack or his. When we’re using the small-pocket Webmaster Pro, the bowl can be wedged inside with a bit of effort, but it puffs out the side of the pack so that side gets more scuffed up and dirty. When we’re using his Approach pack, or if I stuff it into mine, the bowl has enough room to snap open and roll around, getting other items wet.

Another problem with silicone – it picks up dirt and lint like crazy, especially once it gets wet. The inside of the bowl has a slick finish which isn’t quite as problematic, but the outside gets dirty fast.

Both bowls together in our camping gear layout

Build Quality 4/5

Although I have some concerns about the purity of the silicone, it doesn’t matter too much for our¬†purposes (cold water). The bowl is really tough – it looks brand new after about eight months of use.

One thing to note if you plan to use one of these for food – any kind of strongly scented food is likely to cling to the silicone. Reviewers eating backpacking meals out of these couldn’t get rid of the spaghetti sauce and chili¬†smells.

Overall 3.75/5

If the¬†bowl’s main issues (packability issues and narrow rim) don’t sound like a problem for your situation, then I recommend it!¬†It’s well made, durable, and definitely makes water breaks faster. It’s currently our best workable solution, but I do hope to find something better.

Best for: Small dogs, dogs that don’t like to drink out of unstable fabric bowls, people looking for a quick and easy bowl solution on the trail

Not ideal for: Larger snouts, clumsy dogs (bowl can tip easily), smelly/wet food use


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