Water, Water Everywhere: Run Oregon’s Hydration review of MiiR

Company: MiiR is a design forward and generosity driven drinkware company with a social and environmental mission. A certified B Corp and 1% for the Planet member that is independently owned and operated, MiiR chooses people and planet over the demands of Wall Street. Based in Seattle, Washington, its Product to Project model means every MiiR product sold helps fund trackable giving projects.

MiiR partners with some of the most respected nonprofits in the world to create sustainable giving projects supporting clean water, a healthy environment and strong communities. The company has given over $1,000,000 and empowered the lives of 115,000+ people worldwide, and its customers are invited to experience the story behind their purchase by registering the Give Code found on the base of their MiiR product.

32 oz. Wide Mouth Bottle $39.95:  Between my runs, family hikes, three kids doing sports and any number of other activities, my family goes through a lot of water bottles. Through the years we have tried all kinds from plastic to metal (oddly, with three kids we have had to replace dozens of lost water bottles). For someone who actually drinks a bunch of water each day, it’s pretty silly that I have never really had a MiiR. I have had some similar products, but MiiR is really a cool option in the vacuum-insulated drinkware world and made right here in the PNW.

It’s hard to really “review” a water bottle. What I can say is that I love it.

I have had cheap double walled jugs before that claim to keep beverages cool for X number of hours, but I have found it is rare it reaches that amount. One day last week, I filled it with chilled water in the morning and forgot to take it to a run and exploration I was doing in Eugene (90 minutes away one-way). Opening it up and taking a sip 12 hours later was still as cold as it started. Now that’s amazing right there. These water bottles are built like a thermos, using vacuum insulation to keep the contents cold or hot depending on what you put in them. The bottles are durable with stainless steel – no BPA concerns.  Another big plus is that, unlike other metal water bottles I have used, these bottles don’t sweat at all. Additionally, this size is compatible with some of their straw lid, as some people may not enjoy a large mouth opening (my wife hates them).

32 ounce water bottle are not for everybody, and MiiR has a variety of sizes, from 12 ounces up to a 64 ounce beer growler. They also have other items like wine vessels, camp cups, coffee options, and…

16 oz. Can Chiller $21.95

We have a whole feature about beer here at Run Oregon, and so Miir’s Can Chiller makes perfect sense for us (and likely many other PNW runners). There has been a can resurgence over the past few years in the craft beer industry, for both ease of shipping and a commitment to cool artwork that adorns the aluminum.

The main drawback for cans is that they don’t necessarily stay cold for long. I personally don’t do any “crushing” of beers. I am over 35 with multiple little kids running around, so my beer drinking is for enjoyment. Sometimes that means that my beers stay open for longer than they should while I play with the children, run a quick errand, or work on the Traeger while herding the family. The end result is a beer with less than optimal temperatures – not exactly the most ideal situation for a beer that can sometimes run $8+ (depending on the brewery). Thus, the Can Chiller, with the same double wall vacuum insulation and rubber gasket for a secure fit – keeps beer cold in these situations.

PROS:

  • Really keeps drinks cold for a very long time even in hot weather
  • Keeps beverages hot for a long time
  • Durable construction
  • Does not sweat

CONS:

  • Probably too heavy to carry on a run (but you will have cold water waiting for you at the end!)
About Matt Rasmussen (1623 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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