It doesn’t look like a real pot. And in some ways, it really isn’t one. The Bear Bowl, however, can definitely function as a suitable cooking pot that lets you heat water and cook ramen while slumming it out in the wild.
While you can, of course, use any small pot (or even an empty can) to cook over fire in the outdoors, this thing beats every other option by sliding snugly inside a pants pocket. That’s right, you can have a functional cooking pot in the back pocket of your hiking jeans, allowing you to be duly equipped for cooking without giving up any space in your pack.
When folded, the Bear Bowl just looks like a chunky billfold wallet, making it easy to find room for, whether in your clothing or on an exterior bag pouch. Once unfolded, though, it turns into a cube shaped container with a handle on top and an aluminum base, allowing it to heat up when placed over the fire of your survival stove. It comes in three sizes: standard (32oz), mama bear (64oz), and papa bear (1 gallon), so they have a suitable one whether you’re camping solo or cooking for a small group of people.
According to the outfit, boiling 32oz. of water on the bowl requires just five minutes, provided you have a decent-strength flame going in your survival stove. Construction is PTFE-coated fiberglass for the body, allowing it to weigh in extra light at just 6.3oz (for the standard version).
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Bear Bowl. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $19.