|Rating:||7.3 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.8 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.0 / 2.5|
|Comfort||1.6 / 2.5|
|Weight||1.9 / 2.5|
A few years ago Sea to Summit released the X-Mug and X-Cup to the market and these collapsable drinking vessels have been a very popular addition to the outdoor kitchen range. One negative of that range is that you needed to hold them in a particular way when drinking hot beverages otherwise they could be a bit hot to hold.
Enter the Sea to Summit Cool Grip range consisting of the smaller X-Tumbler and the larger X-Mug. The difference with the Cool Grip range is the ribbing on the outside of the container that acts as a heat sink which means the heat inside the mug doesn’t reach your hands. This mug is definitely on the larger size at 480 ml capacity so should suit my large hands but I find it just a bit too big for a one handed grip so a two handed hold is needed.
Consistent with the X-range, the key feature is the ‘flexible, collapsable, European standard compliant, food grade silicone’ which means the mug is soft to hold and easily collapses down for packing. The new ribbing on the outside of the container provides a bit of extra rigidity which doesn’t worry me one way or the other. In addition to providing a protection against the heat, the external ribbing also adds 12 grams to the weight which isn’t a big impost.
The Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug comes in two colours black and Sea Foam (aqua) and retails at $18.99 which is an additional $2.00 price premium over the standard X-Mug. While the addition of heat fins is more of an evolutionary addition rather than a revolutionary one, it’s worth the minor price impost.
Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug – Sea Foam colour
Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug in black
Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug as purchased
Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug – close up of the ridges while still compressed
Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug – it compresses flat
Sea to Summit Cool Grip X-Mug filled with boiling water. The ribbing on the outside of the mug is clearly visible
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AUD $18.99 RRP
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker