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#36526 - 01/20/05 01:55 AM Re: container quest
Hutch4545 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/04
Posts: 104
I ran across this one a while back.

Don't know about the contents, but the tin really interests me.

Best Glide is the US Distributor for BCB. ([color:"blue"]www.bestglide.com [/color])

According to their website, they "hope to have many items ready to ship by mid February."

Doug's got a review coming too. ([color:"blue"]10.10.04[/color])


#36527 - 01/20/05 04:26 AM Re: container quest
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Those nice-looking aluminum or SS containers with the clamps on the ends look suspiciously like bento boxes (Japanese lunch boxes). Most of what I could find online were lacquer or plastic.

However, one site said they "preferred the metal bento boxes that are sold in oriental grocery stores".


Edited by Susan (01/20/05 04:27 AM)

#36528 - 01/20/05 04:24 PM Re: container quest
cliff Offline
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Registered: 05/12/01
Posts: 271
Loc: Louisiana
(Oh, lordy; here I go again. Mess kits. Can't...... help....... it.......)

Try a West German surplus 3-piece mess kit. Too big for a small bag, but great for your backpack. It's my main cook kit/plate/fry/pan/drinking cup. Make sure you make a windscreen for it, or you will wait a looooooooong time for water to boil. We're talking years, here. You can pack this thing with oodles of cooking/survival goodies.

And be careful - the old East German kit looks similar, but is REALLY dinky (think aluminum foil with an attitude). You can tell the difference right off because the East German one has no loops in the handle for the mess kit strap, and is usually a much lighter green. Also, the internal cup/pan has a wire handle. The West German one does not.

Hope this helps,


#36529 - 01/20/05 06:30 PM Re: container quest
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington

I spent a couple of years wandering into Asian grocery and supply stores. Aluminum or SS lunch boxes are near impossible to find in the US.

The BCB kit box above is what I was looking for. Every Asian store I went to said....."yeah, we have not had those for years"

Fortunately some were found in Singapore by one of our members which were sent over and distributed.

If you are going shopping anyway, it is good to look, but I would not recommend going out of your way because I found these near impossible to find here.

SeaGull made the ones from Singapore. Nice Stainless boxes. SeaGull also makes the MSR stowaway pots.

The Sigg boxes are much larger than the small aluminum Bento boxes like the BCB kit is in, I think.

#36530 - 01/23/05 05:00 PM Re: container quest
raiderrescuer Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 30
I bought a small sigg box for my PSK...fits in BDU pants side pockets.

Either size can be bought at:

#36531 - 01/23/05 09:09 PM Re: container quest
GoatRider Offline
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Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 834
Loc: Maple Grove, MN
I only see bottles on that page, no boxes.
- Benton

#36532 - 01/24/05 03:33 PM Re: container quest
raiderrescuer Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 30
Give them a call...they do carry all the colors & both sizes of Sigg Boxes !

800 253 3974
Ron Peterson
SIGG Switzerland / Off-Center
12641 N 65th Place
Scottsdale AZ 85254

#36533 - 01/26/05 08:40 AM Re: container quest
03lab Offline
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Registered: 01/30/04
Posts: 121
Loc: berlin.de
I'd love to get one of those "Mini Mess Boxes" too, they are just the perfect size IMHO. Penrith Survival sells them and ships worldwide, but they are rather pricey when you add the shipping cost. <img src="/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

#36534 - 01/26/05 02:51 PM Re: container quest

Has anyone had any experience with Otter Boxes? I have thought that the small Otter Box 1000 would be a good container for my altoids tin kit.

#36535 - 01/26/05 03:11 PM Re: container quest
brian Offline

Registered: 07/28/04
Posts: 1468
Loc: Texas
I have a small otter box. It's got too much extra bulk for me to use for a kit container (I use a maxpedition M-2 in its place). However I often hike a particular trail that requires I cross a somewhat rapidly flowing river on rather loose rocks. I have fallen in more than once (usually when the dog gets too excited) and I find that the otter box is perfect for my digital camera when I take it in to this particular environment. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
Learn to improvise everything.

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