Overall, the design of this bowl is quite well thought out. It collapses easily, holds kibble well, is stable when it sits on the ground and is a quick and easy way to feed your dog when out on the trail. This bowl has a loop where you can hook up a carabiner to (not included) so you can hang it off the side or front of your pack to save even more space. It is also small enough to fit in some dog backpacks so your pooch can carry his own chow. The bowl can hold several cups of food (Maximum 1.8 Litres) and depending on the size of your dog, may be able to hold several meals at a time. This functionality works well if you have a dog that doesn’t tend to over eat or if you watch your dog closely so that he doesn’t eat more than 1 meals worth at a time. With Atlas I had to carefully monitor him so that he would only eat his allowed portion. There is an anti slip component to the bottom of the bowl which helps it to not slide around when your dog is eating. There are some issues with the design that I would like to point out as there are no products that are absolutely perfect. The design of the cinch feature of this bag could use a slight improvement with its stretchiness. When the cinch is open you cannot overlap it to the top of the bowl. This means that the cinch fabric gets stuffed into the inside of the bowl which can make it a bit hard for your dog to get the last kibble pieces inside. The fabric that it loose in the bowl is also vulnerable to be chewed on if you are not watching your dog carefully. I found that the fabric of this bowl got a bit slobbery when Atlas was licking around for the last pieces of kibble which may cause some bacteria if it is not dried out soon enough. I would like the see the cinch piece designed so that it could be out of the way when your dog is actually eating. When washing the Bivy Cinch Bowl, Ruffwear suggests that you wash it by hand with dish soap and let it air dry. The folds of the Cinch fabric tend to hold on to moisture a little bit so it is super important that you open up the fabric all the way and perhaps let it hang dry to avoid it getting moldy and musty. Other than these slight issues with the cinch fabric, this product works exactly as designed.
This Ruffwear Bivy Cinch Bowl is jammed packed with really great features. It truly is the Cadillac of collapsible bowls. My first impression of this product was that it is of high quality. Ruffwear has skipped no expense to ensure that all of the pieces of this bowl are formed in a study yet flexible way. The welded FDA approved waterproof fabric is strong and flexible, allowing it to be smooshed around only to pop back into place easily. There is a reflective trim which helps to locate it in low light situations. The cinch stays tight and we did not find any kibble dumping out even when it was thrown around. We really did put this bowl though the ringer during our testing period and it took some harsh abuse from the elements. At one point it was frozen in half a foot of snow and did not suffer any ill effects.