Size 2 in x 6-1/2 in / 5.1 cm x 16.5 cm



A backpacker's classic, these reusable food tubes…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $4.95 a pair


A backpacker's classic, these reusable food tubes are great for viscous foods like smooth peanut butter, honey, or jam. Their weakness is the brittle plastic bar used to seal them, but with reasonable care — or a strip of duct tape — they will hold up for years.


  • Lightweight
  • Collapsible, take up less space as they are emptied
  • Inexpensive
  • Transparent so you can see what's inside


  • The hard plastic bar used to seal the wide end can crack

A classic that hasn't yet been reviewed on Trailspace! I'm happy to patch the hole.

These reusable food tubes have been available in outdoor supply stores for about as long as I can remember. We still have an old, well-used pair and recently picked up some fresh ones for a recent multi-day hike, at the low-low price of $4.95 a pair.

They can be used for viscous foods like smooth (or at least not too chunky) peanut butter, jam, or honey, anything that doesn't require too much pressure to squeeze out.


The back end opens up wide so that the goodness can be spooned in. It's best not to overfill, leaving a half inch or so to fold over.


They are sealed with a hard plastic (nylon? polypropylene?) bar with a central pin and a slot to lock the fold. This is their weakness — with repeated use or heavy squeezing the plastic can crack, eventually bad enough that the bar becomes useless. This one is cracked but still useable.

But then a strip of duct tape will do the same job, provided the tube is nice and clean when you apply it (do this at home).

After all these years you might think Coghlan's would have developed a (polycarbonate? polypropylene?) replacement, but as far as I can tell the new ones are identical to the 20 year olds.

I weighed one of these at 22 grams. It looks like it's made of polyethylene and so may contain some BPA, if that sort of thing worries you. 

I have tried some other reusable tubes, but the ones that I have found have to be filled on the business end and so are a lot harder to fill, and some are opaque, OK for olive oil and the like, but these are better for PB.

It's old, but it's good.


Nice review, Big Red. I may need to get a set of these for my peanut butter and jelly!

2 years ago

Nice, BigRed!

2 years ago

I have had the cap break on mine. Has anyone found a cap from something else that fits? Seems like it would be a standard size cap.

2 years ago

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