Product Review: Kurgo Collaps A Bowl

Kevin Roberts
by Kevin Roberts

For people and dogs that are really active, a quality collapsible bowl is indispensable. That’s why our all-things-dog-sports writer, Kev Roberts, wanted to test out the Kurgo Collaps A Bowl. As you may already know, Kev is a skijoring expert from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. To say that it gets cold up there is an understatement. As I write this, the temperature is -28 °C (that’s -18.4 °F) and there’s a huge winter storm on its way. Kev wanted to see if the Collaps A Bowl was up for the challenge of extreme cold – read on to see if it’s Winnipeg-worthy!

When we are out on the trail with our dogs, we always carry water for them, and us!

Whether we are skijoring or snowshoeing in the winter, or hiking or biking in the summer, our dogs need water on the trail. Water enables our dogs to work hard and play hard. Having three working dogs means we have to carry lots of water, as leaving space in the packs is vital.

In the winter months, when our dogs are pulling, access to baited water – doggie Gatorade – is important to keep their strength and energy up. The sides of the Kurgo’s Collaps A Bowl have small handles, which makes it easy to grip with gloves… important for keeping your fingers out of the water! This is really crucial when we water the dogs in cold weather conditions.

During the winter, we bait the water with a variety of additives to encourage the dogs to drink enough fluid. Often we use sardine water, low sodium chicken broth or beef fat mixed in with the water. This sounds really unappetizing, but the dogs love it, and it encourages them to drink… except it leaves the bowls gross and greasy. We were so happy to find out that the Collaps A Bowls are dishwasher safe. Very necessary in our household!

In the summer months, we carry our own water, so that we know our dogs are drinking from a clean water source, and not getting sick from drinking from a stream or lake of unknown water quality. These bowls are light weight, and don’t heat up like metal. So if water sits in the bowl, it doesn’t heat up, like it would in a metal bowl.

The Kurgo Collaps A Bowl collapses down to an eighth of an inch, and 6 inches across. We have also rolled the bowls up to fit them into smaller spaces – they bounce right back into shape! We tested them out in the cold (the very, very cold of -40). The cold did not affect the bowls at all, as they were still easy to expand and fill up. The bowls are made of BPA free food-grade silicone, which means when we are out playing in the cold weather, we don’t worry about dogs tongues freezing to the Collaps A Bowls (as they would with a metal one).

The Collaps A Bowl retail for $10 each, and are available in red, orange and blue. Kurgo products are guaranteed for life, so you simply can’t go wrong. Our racing team gives this product our paw of approval!

Note: was NOT compensated for this review. We received three free Kurgo Collaps A Bowls to review. The opinions expressed in this post are the author’s. We provide unbiased feedback of the products and share products we think our readers would enjoy using and learning more about.

Kevin Roberts
Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts lives for adventure. Together with his pack of rescue dogs and his husband, he spends as much time outdoors as possible. Kevin lives by the motto: "Get outside and play with your dogs!

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