16 September 2014

New Icetool Cans/Products - Review. 16 September 2014.

There are a lot of snus accessories - especially accessory cans. When I first started snus, the only one that was available was the General Onyx Carbon Edition Can. Now, there are tons of them. Swedish Match released limited edition cans from time to time including the General Waterproof Can and the General Bullet Proof Can (and yes, it will stop a bullet - a friend of mine tested it in this video). V2 Tobacco released their first accessory can this year, the Thunder Waterproof Can. Icetool, a company from Finland, also releases cans from time to time. I've wrote about their Slim Can and Portion/Lid Can in the past. In this article, I'm going to be talking about their redesign/new products - including new snus accessory cans, and a new line of Icetools that now come in aluminum.

The new cans are called simply "The Can". These are available at BuySnus.com and run around 40$ USD.

The official product description for the Slim Can is, "Slim pocket size Icetool snus can. Keeps snus fresher, longer. Solid anodized aluminium. Replaceable seal. Fits a full container's worth of portion at half the size. Strong, lightweight, durable."  On the box for the Slim Can, Icetool describes it as, "Keeps snus fresher, longer.  Solid anodized aluminum.  Replaceable seal.  Fits a container's worth of portion at half the size.  Strong, lightweight, durable.  Won't stop bullets, though.  Sorry."

The official product description for the Full Size Can is, "Icetool box for portion snus. Manufactured in solid aluminum. Strong, light and durable with a anodized long lasting color."  On the box for the Full Size Can, Icetool describes it as, "Solid anodized aluminum with replaceable seal.  Fits more than a container's worth of portion.  Strong, durable, lightweight.  Keep your snus fresh and safe."

These cans are very sturdy, durable, and look great.  I like the new design a lot more to the old one, these cans are very "bar worthy".

Doing a size comparison - the cans are about as big around as a regular snus can - not much difference there.
When height is compared - the Slim Can is obviously shorter than the Full Size Can, and the Full Size can is actually shorter than a regular snus can.  This is something that is important to consider when purchasing an accessory can, because you don't want something too big or bulky that it isn't convenient for you to carry around.  Both the Slim Can and the Full Size Can deliver when it comes to size and portability.
The product description declares that you can fit a full can's portions in each can, so I decided to put that to the test. When it came to the Full Size Can, I was able to comfortably fit 24 portions in the can.  Also, something to note - looking at the open can, you can see the seal around the can.  Both the Full Size Can and the Slim Can have this seal which keep it closed in your pocket, and it opens very smoothly.
When it came to the Full Size Can, I was able to squeeze 24 portions into the can. So both cans will fit 24 portions.

If you look at the picture - you'll notice different types of snus. I put Skruf Cranberry (Tranbar), General Long and Goteborg's Rape Slim.  This is the main reason I enjoy these accessory cans.  I'm on the road a lot and enjoy traveling - but I also like variety in my snus usage.  I don't want to carry around 3-4 cans with me everywhere I go, so these cans come in handy.  I can load up 24 portions of 3 types of snus and have a good variety and mix of product everywhere I go.

When it comes to the Icetool line, this won't really be a review or "how to" for Icetool - I've done that in the past, so if you're interested - you can check out this article for a detailed review on Icetool including how to use them, clean them, and lubricate them. I also did a video series on Icetool that may be helpful to you as well if you're new to this product.  This article will mainly talk about the new aluminum Icetool and differences between the Stainless and Aluminum products.

Icetool has added an aluminum Icetool to the Stainless Steel line.  Stainless Steel usually runs about 41$ USD whereas Aluminum usually runs about 37$ USD.

Which one of these Icetools you want to use is up to you. They're the same size, and both make the size size pris when it comes to lossnus. Obviously, the aluminum is much more lightweight, but still just as durable as the Stainless Steel one.

Looking at product descriptions, the Stainless Steel Icetool is described as, "The original Icetool - stainless steel design portioner tool for loose snus. It helps users to form and place a pinch of snus of right size under your lip."

The Aluminum Icetool is described as "Aluminium Icetool is lighter and has the same superior quality as the original. Icetool is a tool for loose snus that helps users to form and place a pinch of snus of right size under your lip."

Here is a size comparison photo of the end of the tools - the Aluminum Tool is on the left, the Stainless tool is on the right.  You can tell that they're the exact same size.
Here is a size comparison photo of the base of the tools - the Aluminum Tool is on the left, the Stainless tool is on the right.  You can also tell by the photo that they're the exact same size.

In conclusion, I've used Icetools for years.  They come at a premium when it comes to price, but they're worth it.  When it comes to the accessory cans - any snuser should own one if you like variety or you are on the go a lot and don't want to carry around a ton of snus cans.  I've carried one with me for years, and definitely look forward to taking the champagne (gold) one out on the town.

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