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Vango Mess Tins

Vango Mess Tins 2010. Camping Cook Sets. Perfect for lightweight adventurers. These aluminium mess tins sit neatly inside each other taking up very...

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published 07/07/2017 | danielclark691
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Pro Affordable, practical, lightweight, compact, durable.
Cons Not for the glamper.
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"Don't make a Mess whilst eating!"

First impressions

Although there is a new breed of camper called the ‘glamper’, this type of luxury camping experience will not welcome one of the most basic of camping essentials in the mess tins. These tins are often recognized as army issue containers for eating your rations out of, but if you were ever in the Boy Scouts (possibly even the Girl Guides) you will have seen a mess tin, that’s for sure!

These aluminium tins are designed in the most basic way imaginable, but this is the beauty of them. Keeping things simple and durable is what camping equipment is all about, and they are certainly designed for practical use as opposed for show.

My experience

The mess tins we have here are from the Vango brand. I first heard of this brand when buying either a tent or sleeping bag, so it would be safe to say that they are known for camping equipment in general. This is reassuring, and they obviously have a good reputation otherwise they wouldn’t last in this market.

The beauty of the aluminium tin is that they are very lightweight, but also robust. They are durable, and built very simply with a handle that flips over to reduce the amount of space it takes up in your rucksack. These mess tins come in pairs, and they can be stacked. We have one tin that is slightly smaller than the other, but this is to enable them to stack easily. The large mess tin is a little over 18cm in length, with the smaller tin measuring under 17cm, so there isn’t a great deal in it.

The basic design is why this product is so effective, and all angles are covered as far as cost, durability, practicality, weight and performance are concerned. The handle allows you to hold the tin, but you do have the option to rest it on your lap to keep warm if the contents are not at molten levels!

I like the simplicity of these stacking mess tins, and this is a design that has carried through to the various brands offering this product. The design is almost exactly the same regardless of the brand you look at, and it would be hard to tell them apart unless you compared them next to one another.

We cannot recall any problems with bending handles or conductivity issues. As the handles are also made from aluminium, heat can travel along the handle, so be warned if you are heating food in the mess tins over a fire, for example. I wouldn’t advise this, and suggest you decant food into the tin once you have heated it in a pot, for example.

Price and availability

Prices vary quite a bit online for camping equipment, as with everything. Expect to pay around £8-£10 for this pair of mess tins, though you can often find this sort of thing as part of a set, with cutlery and other utensils. Shop around, and be careful of postage costs when weighing up whether to buy online or from a local camping store.

Final thoughts

I would have to say that in terms of necessity and value these mess tins are a worthwhile purchase, though it depends on what budget you are working to. If you are more a ‘glamper’ than a camper then these mess tins are unlikely to be to your taste, but to live the true Boy Scout experience this is a must-have purchase to eat your beans and sausages from as you sing songs around the campfire.

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  • jb0077 published 27/07/2017
  • chrisandmark_is_here published 24/07/2017
    Nicely done x
  • IzzyS published 17/07/2017
    VH. I like your 'disadvantage' lol
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Product Information : Vango Mess Tins

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Vango Mess Tins 2010. Camping Cook Sets. Perfect for lightweight adventurers. These aluminium mess tins sit neatly inside each other taking up very little room in your rucsac. NEW style for 2010 Large mess tin 18.2 x 13.6 x 6.2cm Small mess tin 16.8 x 13.1 x 5.8cm Folding h ....

Product Details

Type: Camping Cooking Equipment

Genre: Cookset

MPN: 3254UK

Manufacturer: Vango


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