Editor's Note: This article was opened to the public on July 22, 2010. To subscribe and see Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010 articles as they are published, click here.
5.9-ounce Trail Designs Caldera Keg-H System as field-tested.
One of the new products Trail Designs showed at us was their Caldera Keg-H cooking system:
- Light: At 3 ounces per person and capable of boiling 2.5 to 2.75 cups of water, the Keg-H may be the lightest complete two-person-capable alcohol cooking system on the market. It is almost half the weight of the similar boil capacity Trail Designs/Anti Gravity Gear 3-cup Caldera Kitchen (approx 5.7 ounces per person).
- Fuel efficient: We cooked for two people (5 days, 4 nights) on 8 fluid ounces of fuel.
- Compact: The whole Keg-H system is just slightly larger than a standard 24-ounce Heineken beer can.
- Easy to use: We found the Keg-H system as easy to use as the AGG 3-cup Caldera Kitchen; possibly easier, since it requires no pot holder.
After the Show, Alison and I had an opportunity to field test the Keg-H system on a five-day backpacking trip at 11,000 feet. While a smidge less fuel efficient than the AGG 3-cup Caldera (our reference standard for an alcohol system), it did quite well. We cooked for two people, 5 days and 4 nights, on 8 fluid ounces of alcohol; with the weight savings over the AGG 3-cup Caldera system, you can easily carry more fuel and come out ahead on boils per trip. The Keg-H will probably be our couple's cooking system in the future, and may well be Alan's solo cooking system as well. It retails for $60.00.
System Weight as Field Tested - Caldera Keg-H for Two People
|Trail Designs Caldera Cone||26||0.92|
|Trail Designs Stove||15||0.53|
|Self-supplied 8 fl oz fuel bottle + fuel measure||31||1.09|
|TD Heineken pot w/bands (cup for one person)||41||1.45|
|Self-supplied Glad 14-oz bowl (cup for second person)||38||1.34|
|Weight per person||84||2.95|
Fuel Consumption per day 11,000 feet (50-60s F evening, 40s F morning)
|19 ml||PM boil 2 cups for two-person freeze dried meal|
|15 ml||PM heat 2.75 cups treated water for two-person hot chocolate|
|26 ml||AM boil 2.5 to 2.75 cups hot water for two-person tea|
|60 ml||Total ml alcohol per hiking day (2 fluid ounces)|
Keg-H System Weight as purchased from Anti Gravity Gear
|Standard Caldera Cone||26||0.92|
|5 fl oz capacity Fuel Bottle (note smaller capacity)||18||0.63|
|TD Heineken pot w bands (cup for one person)||41||1.45|
|Anti Gravity Gear Cozy||18||0.63|
|Anti Gravity Gear Cup (cup/bowl for second person)||38||1.34|
|Anti Gravity Gear Bag||10||0.35|
The Caldera Keg-H system packed.