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FrontInsulated Food Canister
Klean Kanteen's stainless steel, vacuum insulated, hot or cold canister.
Andrew Buskov
Initial Report: September 23, 2016
Long Term Report: March 2, 2017

Tester Biographical Information:

Name: Andrew Buskov
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 217 lbs (98 kg) 
Email: Rescue(at)Corridor9(dot)net
City, State Zip Madisonville, Kentucky USA
 

Backpacking Background:

I’ve been backpacking for nearly 30 years, and have slowly developed my ideal style. I’ve gotten my pack weight down to roughly 20 - 25 lbs (9.1 - 11.3 kg) before water, and am whittling it down every hike. Day hiking is nice, but getting out over multiple nights is really what I enjoy. I like to take my time and view the scenery as opposed to hiking hard. I also like being comfortable and insist on an air mattress. I usually tent or hammock, but stay in shelters when needed. 

InsideProduct Information: 

Item: Insulated Food Canister
Manufacturer: Klean Kanteen
Website: http://kleankanteen.com
Year of Manufacture: 2016
MSRP: $29.95 US
Listed Weight: 11.0 oz (311 g)
Actual Weight: 11.0 oz (311 g)
Capacity:
8 fl oz (270 ml)
Color: Brushed Stainless

Product Description:
Per information from website & enclosed materials

The Insulated Food Canister from Klean Kanteen is a stainless steel, vacuum insulated container designed to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. It was designed to be used multiple times with minimal damage in an effort to eliminate single use waste such as paper, plastic, and foam cups. It is designed and constructed from materials such as high quality stainless steel so that neither the food, nor the container, will retain any smell or taste from previously carried items. The insulated lid is packed with recycled, corrugated cardboard which Klean Kanteen says is just as effective as foam.

Product Impressions:

Made in ChinaI am definitely a tester who likes using multiple use products. I want all the items in my pack to work double duty as I feel this lessons the overall weight of my pack, thereby making my back and feet feel better. When the Klean Kanteen canister arrived, it was easy to tell that this item was the epitome of an engineered simple product. It truly is a simple insulated container, but don't let that fool you. The engineering that went into designing this container is quite unique.

Bottom When I opened the box that the Klean Kanteen container shipped in, I found only the container wrapped in a plastic bag; no packing foam, no bubble wrap, just the container. I looked it over real good for signs of scratches or dings from shipping but found none. The label on the container is only a simple band with wording on both sides. The outside of the band lists the product name, manufacturer, the fact that it's BPA free, some of the qualities of stainless steel, as well as the fact that the canister with keep warm foods warm for five hours, and cold foods cold for ten hours. This is in contrast to the website which lists a five hour average for both warm and cold foods. In addition, the Klean Kanteen Insulated Food Canister label has the dreaded wording that I absolutely loathe seeing; made in China. The only difference here as opposed to other products I've seen is that Klean Kanteen adds the word "Responsibly" in front of "made in China".

 I liked the fact that both stickers (there was also a UPC on the bottom) were easy to get off without leaving a lot of residue behind. As someone who often picks up items from a local shop just before heading out, not having to worry about stickiness residue migrating inside my pack is very nice. Inside of the canister was an informational packet detailing care and use, as well as some cautionary statements such as "do not freeze or use dry ice." In addition, there are some disassembly instructions for the Cafe Cap 2.0, which is not included.

The inside of the canister is a dull finish, but not necessarily the brushed finish as on the outside of the canister. Klean Kanteen calls this an electropolished interior and claims it doesn't retain or impart flavors. The welds inside the canister are nice and smooth with zero burrs. The threads are also nice and offer little resistance until the silicon rubber seal is met with the canister lip. Inside the lid of the Insulated Food Canister is a BPA-free plastic shell that houses the corrugated cardboard insulation. All logo's and information on the side and bottom of the canister appear to be etched so I won't have to worry about scraping them off over the long haul. There is also a small indentation on the top for content identification. Klean Kanteen says that a grease pencil will work well here.

In closing, this appears to be a well-designed food canister. I look forward to having warm drinks and cold foods with me on my trip. Check back in  approximately two months for the Field Report phase of this test series.

Long Term Report: March 2, 2017

Testing Locations:

Inside TopDuring the testing period I was able to get three overnight trips in. Two of these trips were in the area of the Pennyrile National Forrest. This forest is in western Kentucky and is an open, backcountry area for camping, backpacking, and hiking. Elevation for this area is roughly 450 - 650 ft (135 - 200 m) with rolling terrain that has a lot of valleys, cliffs, and ridges. Temperatures in the area for both trips were around 60 F (16 C) during the day and down to 35 F (2 C) at night. The third trip was an overnight in the White City Wildlife Reserve, also located in western Kentucky. This area is mainly comprised of natural gas pipeline connections. The area is open to hunting, camping, fishing, and backpacking. Elevation that we stayed at was roughly 530 ft (160 m). There was lots of precipitation as it was raining steadily on two of my trips. In addition, I used this canister to carry lunch back and forth to work about 20 times.

Summary:

One of the aspects about this canister that I thought was interesting was the ability to take some cold food out on the trail for a first night dinner. I was able to take some frozen meat and veggies in the canister on two of the nights mentioned above for a little stir fry. Having the ability to carry some foods that I normally don't have the ability to made the trips that much more pleasurable. I was able to have some nice hot protein meals before bed time which was nice during the cold night time temperatures. Most of the cold foods that I packed in the Insulated Food Canister tended to stay cool for up to five hours. The frozen foods didn't thaw completely during this time either.

I was very disappointed with the way the Klean Kanteen held the heat in. One of the aspects that I really wanted to enjoy was being able to take some warm food from home for lunch without having to reheat it just before eating. My wife likes to cook crock pot meals for dinner and send some with me for lunch. I found out that this canister rarely kept the food warm enough to be enjoyable though, even after just three to four hours. I timed this once and found that 160 F (70 C) chicken soup when I left home was only 90 F (32 C) soup after 4 hours. While I understand that canister won't keep foods as hot as first poured, I didn't expect a 70 F (39 C) drop.

The Klean Kanteen held up very well to repeated use. Even with frozen blueberries the canister didn't hold stains in. Washing was a breeze even though the item needed to be hand washed as per manufacturer's instructions. At no point in time did I need to use a scouring pad or steel wool to clean the canister with. Even warm foods like ravioli were easy to get off after being stuck to the canister sides and drying out. Simple warm water and some mild soap did the trick for all washings. Getting food out of the canister top was also fairly easy. I simply twisted the end of a washcloth into the threaded grove and worked it around a bit to loosen the stuck on food.

In all, the canister worked out rather well for transporting cold food, but not so well at keeping hot food hot. It didn't leak at all, and the lid stayed on nice and tight even when tossed around in the back of my pack. There were very little dings or marks on the canister after the testing period. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to test out the Klean Kanteen Insulated Food Canister.

Pros:

Durable
BPA Free
Easily Cleanable

Cons:

Doesn't keep warm food warm as long as advertised

I'd like to thank Klean Kanteen and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to test the Insulated Food Canister.




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