★★★★ 290 real customer reviews average rating: 4.4 stars
5 Stars By CaptainWasHere on 2016-07-13
Extremely well designed and built.
Extremely well designed and built. You're paying for a premium product and you're getting one. It's great for basic lunches and camping.
Dish - Decent size for the backpacker. I like how it will hold food in thanks to the wall. I love the sport holder!
Bowl - Great size.
Cup - Although it's a great idea, there are some issues. You can accidentally squeez liquid out of since the bottom 2/3 is rubber. Be careful with it. Also, I wish it was a larger cup. Campers need to drink lots of water!
Cutting board - I personally think this is an unnecessary addition, however I'm not a gormet chef out in the woods.
Snack bins - Great additions to it whether you keep them in the whole set or not. Very tight seal and quality plastic. Not waterproof, but not supposed to be.
Spork - Standard camping 3-in-1 sport. I replaced it with their titanium version.
It packs down well and is very convenient. I love the color options for different families and groups.
5 Stars By scottp8113 on 2017-07-19
We love these kits and they are great for all around ...
We love these kits and they are great for all around use at home, for picnics, and camping. They have been very durable as well, standing up to plenty of use, abuse, and cleaning from our boy scouts and family. The weak point is the spork. It is only plastic, so expect that it will not take a ton of abuse, but when looking for add-ons, check out the titanium sporks from Light My Fire as a good replacement.
4 Stars By S. McClain on 2017-08-28
Nice backpack mess kit
My 14-year old son used this kit on his summer trip to Alaska. He said it worked great, although he didn't need a couple of the items, like the cutting board.
Only issue was the 'spork' was not up to the challenge. He broke a tine off very quickly, and then it broke in half while he was washing it. However, the manufacturer is sending me a replacement. He recommends the kit!
5 Stars By Z on 2016-10-12
Love this product and company!
I'm really glad I bought this for my hiking/camping trip. It is very durable and because it all fits together it was easy to pack without taking up too much room. It's also very lightweight so it didn't add unnecessary weight to my pack. I really like that material used for the collapsible cup. It acts almost like a hand warmer when you add a hot drink too it, without it being too much heat to hold. This was very nice with my coffee in the morning after a cold night.
I also like that the bottom part of the main container is as deep as it is. I was able to put a full can of Campbell's soup without it coming too close to spilling. Like the cup, I was able to hold the container with hot soup in it without hurting my hands. I really like the little slot on the side to stick your spork when not using it.
I will definitely be looking at buying other products from this company.
4 Stars By Helen L. on 2014-05-29
Comparison of Meal Kit 2.0 vs. Meal Kit (1.0)
I bought 2 sets of the original Meal Kit (let's call it 1.0) and loved the quality and design. So, I just purchased two sets of the new Meal Kit 2.0 for the rest of my family. You get a few more pieces for about the same price as the 1.0. The 2.0 has an extra oval snapbox, a rubber band harness and a more normal shaped cup (the 1.0 has a bowl-like cup). I am amazed that the additional oval snapbox can still nest into the same amount of space! This is definitely a marvel of design. However, there are some compromises for 2.0.
The pack-up cup is shaped like a small coffee cup (only 8 oz capacity). Its bottom 2/3 is rubbery and can be pushed into the colored rim to reduce the cup's height when not in use. The hinge connecting the lid to the cup is flimsy - just a very thin piece of plastic that already showed signs of wear after opening and closing the lid. (Note, Light My Fire has address this issue. My RED set had the flimsy cup hinge but the ORANGE set had an extra rubber backing to the hinge. I think this new design will be far more durable.) Also, since the rubber base is flexible, you have to be careful not to squeeze the base or else liquid will spill out, much like a juice box.
No spice container is included in this set. However, since you have much room in the long snap box, you can add in spices in zip lock bags (or very tiny spice jars) and store them there.
Unlike the 1.0 which has a color coordinated slicing board, the 2.0 has the boring gray slicing board regardless of the color of the set. This is disappointing but not a deal-breaker for me.
The rubber harness that ties up the entire set is a good enhancement to ensure keep the lid tightly in place while in transit.
As the 1.0 has a squat cup and a lanyarded lid, there is no hinge to break to worry about. Of course, you have a very squat cup/bowl.
Besides camping, I also use these containers for my daily lunch and snacks. They are far more durable than the Rubbermaid bowls.
Both the 1.0 and the 2.0 are well-designed and high quality mess kits. If you prefer a more standard cup, go with the 2.0. If you can live with the bowl-shaped cup, go with the 1.0. For my situation, I am keeping my 2 sets of 1.0 and 2 sets of 2.0 to hopefully have the best of both worlds.
Note, the original set is very slightly smaller than this 2.0 set so the large bowl and lid from original Meal Kit are not compatible with this Meal Kit 2.0.
4 Stars By T. Tran on 2015-01-31
Great little camping set.
Great little camping set. Everything stores nicely so it's not only lightweight, but compact as well. I bought two sets for my family of 4 (two small boys) and it works out fine. I took one star off because the harness broke after just one use. On the bright side, I emailed the Light My Fire folks and they happily sent me a new one. Hope this helps!
5 Stars By Theresa on 2017-08-27
Great "go to" field mess kit
Light weight, sturdy, and compact. Took it on a two week youth camping trip. About 1/2 the group had this set or a similar one from this company. Many had been using for years as their "go to" field mess kit. It's a bit large for a long lightweight backpacking trip but perfect for all other outings.
4 Stars By Dallas on 2017-06-06
Great for a Boy Scout!
We ordered this for Boy Scout Camping, my son loves it and the only reason I dropped one star was because ours didn't come with the strap to secure it. We would have asked for an exchange but it arrived on a Wed and we were going camping on Fri so we kept it and are happy!
5 Stars By Mongo on 2017-02-06
This Boy Scout Approved!
As a Boy Scout Leader, I bought one after my grandson got his for Christmas. won't go anywhere without it now. I grew up on the old Military mess kit, heavy + loud, this is lite, keeps pack weights down.
3 Stars By Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer on 2017-04-09
Rubber strap broke on first camping trip
The kit itself was nice enough, but the rubber strap holding it together broke on our first trip while in a backpack. We didn't even get to use it once before it broke. My son was more than a little miffed. C'mon! Really?
Light My Fire sent us a replacement strap for free. Then it broke, too, on its second camping trip. We're not abusing them. It's just a design defect. Lowering review to three stars.