We’ll keep water icy cold on a hot sunny beach. And serve up a hot coffee on the chairlift ride. We’ll sit patiently by your camp chair with frosty cold beer while you gather wood for the fire. Or keep you hydrated on a hike: ice, water, go. And five hours later, after driving to the trailhead and climbing 2,000 feet, you’ll still have ice and water while you enjoy the view. We’ll bring you hot tea on misty riverside mornings when the steelhead are running, hot cocoa to coax your kids along a snowy trail, and a refreshing sip of “all-about-you” during Saturday afternoon yoga. We’re not just along for the ride. We’re along to help make the ride awesome.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that most Pacific Northwesterners and Oregonians in general are familiar with Hydro Flask. The Bend-created company has grown beyond the region’s, and even the country’s, borders and is now exploding onto the worldwide scene in a big way. In previous posts, I have described them as the “Levi’s” or “Kleenex” of beverage containers – the proprietary eponym that most people use to describe any sort of similar double walled device. On August 1st of this year, Hydro Flask made a few changes that we got to try out.
Hydro Flask Growler – $64.95 (64 oz) / $44.95 (32 oz):
- Two full interior threads for leak-proof seal that contains carbonation longer
- Honeycomb Insulation inside cap for additional temperature control
- Keeps cold up to 24 hours
- Keeps hot up to 6 hours
- Longer neck for easy one-hand pouring
- 11 mm lip reduces drips
- Easy-carry handle offers multiple ways to hold and pour
Read about the technical innovation here, but for those of you with experience – the Hydro Flask delivers on its promises. It’s hard to really “review” water bottles, but I (along with a million other Hydro Flask carriers) can attest to its properties. It keeps drinks super cold for a hugely long period of time. Toss in their new insulation (mentioned above), and it exceeds all expectations. My main test was risking a $20 growler of newly filled beer at my local taphouse. I filled it on my way home from work and the beer went straight from chilled on tap into the Hydro Flask sealed growler and then straight home. I then proceeded to leave the growler out on the counter overnight. The real test was a little lunch time libations (some 18 hours later) and I was impressed (though not surprised) that the beer was still cold and delicious! Test passed!
We also received the 16 oz True Pint, something that isn’t new ( and actually seems to be the “mug club” vessel of choice at many breweries around the state). It’s a solid compliment to the new growler, complete with the same stainless steel construction and TempShield technology to keep beverages cold (or hot) for much longer than any old glasswear can provide.
Add all of that together, toss in a lifetime warranty, and may just have the most refreshing money ever spent.
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