SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

On the Trail, On the Way to the Trail, In the Office – The Hydro Flask is a Workhorse

The Hydro Flask accomplishes what the traditional water bottle cannot – no harmful plastics, only environmental-friendly reusability.  It’s a workhorse in my gear arsenal (and has been for several months).  It keeps your drink hot for 12 hours.  Or it keeps it cold for 24 hours.  It doesn’t sweat.  Its stainless steel, double-wall, vacuum-sealed structure is virtually impenetrable.  It also has a lifetime warranty; it’s recyclable and is freeze-proof.  And that’s just scratching the surface.  

The Hydro Flask is a simple piece of gear, but it does more than hold water; it sustains a consistent temperature for all liquid refreshments.  No matter how cold it is on the outside, that hot beverage will stay warm on the inside.  No matter the heat that surrounds it, that cold drink will stay refreshing on the inside.

While snowshoeing, I’ve seen the Hydro Flask keep hot chocolate warm in sub-zero temperatures.  That was a pleasant surprise when stopping for lunch and the body’s core is in need of some extra warmth.  Bonus! 

It’s also easily stored in a backpack’s elastic side pocket or inside a pack without worrying about unwanted leakage.  In addition, the Flask’s loop cap can be used with a large carabiner so it can hang off a pack’s multiple straps.  

Because of the Hydro Flask’s double-walled vacuum-sealed insulation, it prevents condensation (or sweat).  But this same feature also prevents the bottle from becoming too hot to the touch.  While carrying coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or a tasty soup, the Hydro Flask is friendly to the outside world.  That’s what its 18/8 stainless steel, BPA-free structure offers: Touch it, feel it, love it.  

The Hydro Flask reminds me of a streamlined version of my grandfather’s vintage thermos (similar to what’s pictured) that he took to work, back in the day.  While the Hydro Flask doesn’t have a lid that can also be used as a cup, it doesn’t weigh a metric ton while empty.  Granddad’s thermos could also be used as a paperweight.  When necessary, it could hold 24 ounces of plutonium.

Maybe that could be a new feature for the Hydro Flask: A stainless steel cup that can be attached to the top or bottom.  However, I’m sure granddad would’ve appreciated the Hydro Flask’s lightweight design and impenetrability.  But can it hold 24 ounces of radioactive plutonium?  Stay tuned for tests.  

The Hydro Flask has many options – aside from attachable cups, for the moment.  However, in the future, the Hydro Flask will incorporate water filtration systems (something I discovered while attending the recent Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City).  

Available later this spring, there will be two new accessories for the Hydro Flask: a tap-water filtration system and an advanced water filtration system for the backcountry.  The tap-water filter removes up to 99.99 percent of contaminants found in all four areas of possible tap water contamination: aesthetic (taste), micro-biologic, chemical and dissolved solids.  The backcountry filtration system performs exactly the same way, but it offers the flexibility of filtering from any flowing water source while on the trail.  Watch for the launch of these hot products in the near future. 

Of course, there are more Hydro Flask products to choose from in the meantime.  Purchase the Flask in four different sizes: 12 oz., 18 oz., 21 oz., and 24 oz.  All sizes are available in multiple colors, narrow-mouth opening or standard-mouth opening.  I prefer the standard mouth model.  Also available for purchase are narrow mouth sports caps, standard mouth sports caps and ice stick trays.  

When purchasing a Hydro Flask product, you have the option to donate five percent of the purchase to any one of the charities listed on FivePercentBack.org.  These diverse charities support emergency response services, animal advocacies, social efforts and humanitarian services.  

For more information about Hydro Flask, visit http://www.hydroflask.com.  To read a review of the Hydro Flask by Snowshoe Magazine’s writer, Derrick Spafford, click here.   

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