I upgraded to this stainless steel mate after using the most basic gourd one for several months. The only thing I miss about the gourd was that the interior was a rougher texture, which meant I could really wedge the bombilla into place. The interior of this one, being stainless steel, is smooth, which means the bombilla more rests in place and is then held by the weight of the yerba formed around it. Outside of that I've been loving every aspect of this thing. It's got a higher capacity than the basic gourd and is SIGNIFICANTLY easier to empty, rinse, clean, and care for. It's made the process of making yerba mate and the process of cleaning up and storing after both much easier, which makes me look forward to enjoying it that much more.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Adam Hildebrant from Georgia on 11/28/2020