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    • #89632
      Max
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        Gear Review: Hydro Flask

        Hydro Flask

        Now that winter has fully arrived and made its presence known, it’s time to do a seasonally appropriate gear review.  As many of you know, water is life in all seasons and many an outdoorsman or prepper will neglect their water intake in the winter time due to the lack of sweating.  I can personally attest to the most dehydrated I’ve ever been in my life was after reaching a summit in mountain phase of ranger school in a snowstorm after all my canteens froze.  That being said, good kit will always help you go a little farther and stay hydrated, healthy and in this case, keep your colds cold and hots hot.

        The Hydro Flask vacuum insulated bottle is a top contender for me in my kit and I’ll break down why.  Its insulated stainless steel and small mouth means no sweating condensation to get the rest of your gear wet and little spillage when pouring or drinking strait from it while on the move or in the great outdoors.  The designers claim that hot liquids will remain hot for 12 hours and cold liquids cold for 24 hours; a very useful device for transporting 24oz of your favorite beverage (coffee, hot, tea, ice water etc)! I had a chance to test this out last week at Max Velocity Tactical with some of his trademark British tea.  Temperatures hovered in the low 60s midday day and dropped down to the 30s at night.  I poured a fresh kettle of tea at 5pm and after a night of classes, with me drinking from it regularly, I woke up the next morning at 6am and had a piping hot drink waiting for me. I was very impressed!

        To back up this experience, Off Grid Magazine did a sampling of many water bottles and had some test results for hot and cold beverages.  The Hydro Flask was one of the top contenders:

        Hot Water Test

        Air Temp 72 degrees

        Start   195 degrees

        2 hrs   165 degrees

        4 hrs   128 degrees

        8 hrs   111 degrees

        12hrs    92 degrees

         Cold Water Test

        Air Temp 78 Degrees

        Start   36 degrees

        4 hrs   44 degrees

        8 hrs   50 degrees

        12 hrs 54 degrees

        24 hrs 61 degrees

        So all in all, pretty decent.  And when you wake up in the morning, crawling out of your fart sack into thirty-some degree weather, a ninety degree sip of something will launch you from zero to freedom fighter hero right quick!

        Ok well that’s the effectiveness of the product actually doing its job but of course it has to have other advantages before I’ll put my name on it.  Things like price: $30 online, $25 at field and stream, put it competitively with most Nalgene type bottles and all other thermos bottles at the 24oz level.  Size:  This thing fits right into my utility pouch on my mayflower chest rig (pictured above) which means any MBITR or 3 AR Mag pouch will hold it.  Color options: Flat Dark Earth (I would paint the world that color if I could, in the meantime my water bottled and rifles will have to do), Hunter Orange, Blue, White, Silver,Red, Green, Arctic White and for some reason pink.  Anyways you can pick one up at their web page hydroflask.com or head over to any major outdoors shop.  I highly recommend it to keep you warm this winter and look forward to using it in conjunction with my new mini-life straw kit that I will write about soon.

        Live hard die free!

        [Max adds: after Chris’s experience with the tea, I purchased the same one as him and also a 32 ounce version. I was just out at site today drinking hot tea from it. It has now replaced my thermos flask]

        CTT Oct 14

         

      • #89633
        JustARandomGuy
        Participant

          You know, I’d almost forgot about Hydroflask….
          Thanks for the review, and bringing them back to mind. :good:

          A couple things-

          For folks looking for this it seems the only one in CB is the 21 oz. size. In case you just did what I did and tried to find a CB 24 oz… :whistle:

          Further, for stowage in a pack, but still accessible to drink from, there’s a really neat accessory from Source that can allow you to add a remote drinking tube to practically any bottle.
          I’d double check that it’s the correct thread pitch for the Hydroflask, but it *looks* the same…
          Not sure how the tube will work out long-term with drinks other than water, but just for reference;

          http://source-military.com/hydration-accessories/115-convertube.html

        • #89634
          Corvette
          Participant

            This is way better than eating snow like I’ve been doing…..

          • #89635
            Chris
            Moderator

              Good stuff Random! Aaron….the yellow snow is lemon flavored. Eat up!

            • #89636
              Max
              Keymaster

                Outed!

                This is Chris’s shelf, replete with HydroFlask and box of PG Tips!

                Bloody Brits! I say throw the tea in the harbor!

              • #89637
                Chris
                Moderator

                  sumvabitch

                • #89638
                  Mike H
                  Participant

                    Quick test I performed last night. Brewed coffee and filled hydroflask contained in insulated camelbak pouch(time 830pm). Put outside overnite(temp 8 degrees) still warm after 7am this morning despite very cold on the outside metal of flask. I am impressed.

                  • #89639
                    RRS
                    Participant

                      Unwrapped my HF 21oz on Xmas eve, so far impressed. HSGI has a Soft Taco for anyone really needing a new pouch for their flask.

                      Point of contention, on Chris’ shelf there is another mug and it says “Academi”, so maybe now I’ll have to make a stencil out of the MVT logo and spraypaint something over the CB painted flask of mine.

                    • #89640
                      Corvette
                      Participant

                        Further, for stowage in a pack, but still accessible to drink from, there’s a really neat accessory from Source that can allow you to add a remote drinking tube to practically any bottle.
                        I’d double check that it’s the correct thread pitch for the Hydroflask, but it *looks* the same…
                        Not sure how the tube will work out long-term with drinks other than water, but just for reference;

                        http://source-military.com/hydration-accessories/115-convertube.html

                        That’d be nice but it won’t work when it’s below freezing.

                      • #89641
                        Max
                        Keymaster

                          Woo hoo! this review came just in time. I found out I had a $20 bonus credit I had forgotten about at a camping website. Picked one of these babies up for $15 and change including shipping :yahoo:

                        • #121237
                          eelee12
                          Participant

                            I have several Hydro Flask Water Bottles. It can keep warm water for 6 hours (the summer will be longer) and keep it for 24 hours. I like to use it to pack a variety of drinks, whether it is to go to work or to travel.

                          • #121257
                            wheelsee
                            Participant

                              +1 for the Hydroflask. These are made in China.

                              REI had some with their logo on it (check the bottom to confirm real HydroFlask) on sale for $20 recently.

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