In the summer of 1992, while Patrick Kruse was mountain biking with some friends in the Los Padres National Forest, his friend Liz stopped to give her dog, Moqui, a drink. She offered him some water she had poured into a plastic bag. Two slurps and half a water bottle later, Moqui walked away, panting and still thirsty…and Liz was left literally “holding the bag.” With no way to set it down, and nowhere to put the leftover water, Liz turned to Patrick and said, “You need to do something about this.” That challenge sparked the inspiration for Ruff Wear’s first product.
Fifteen years after the release of Ruff Wear’s first collapsible bowl, the Quencher™, the need for portable, packable, easy-to-use canine hydration still exists. As a tribute to our heritage and the foundation of our company, we are proud to introduce the Bivy Bowl™, the next generation of collapsible dog bowls.
The goal for the Bivy Bowl™ was to design a bowl with the same simplicity as our original bowl, utilizing today’s technologies and fabrics. We started by (literally) stripping one of our current bowls down to its core and looking for ways to reduce bulk, weight, and layers.
The inspiration for the Bivy Bowl™ came from the same item as the original Quencher–a waterproof tent fabric. Encouraged by the idea that single-wall tents protect from the elements as well as double-wall tents, we wondered if we could use the same theory to create a single-wall bowl.
Using advanced welding technology, we created a welded fabric bowl with virtually no stitching or extra lining, allowing for a watertight seal with only one layer of fabric. The Bivy Bowl™ weighs less than 2 ounces, has a stable shape, and like all of our bowls, is guaranteed to be waterproof. Not to mention, fewer layers means no hidden drips and crumbs, so this bowl cleans up with a quick shake.
The Bivy Bowl™, with its updated look and function, is performance and art melded into one. It illustrates Ruff Wear’s never ending quest to innovate and deliver products that enhance outdoor adventures for dogs and their human companions.