A long day at the trails requires that you bring along a good supply of water to keep yourself hydrated. I used to just jam a couple simple plastic water bottles in my bag and call it good. That’s all fine and dandy on a nice cool fall day, but try that around here during the summer and you may as well bring along a tea bag to accompany the hot water you’re going to be left with.
At some point I wised up and decided to pick up one of those plastic insulated water coolers that you find pretty much everywhere. It did a decent job of keeping the water cool, but on really hot days I found myself having to load it up with ice so that it would stay cold throughout the day. I didn’t mind doing that, but what I did mind was that the damn thing was constantly leaking. Nothing like getting to the trails and opening your bag only to find that everything in it is completely soaked. Hell, most of the time I didn’t even make it all the way to the trails before discovering that it was leaking. The cold water running out of my bag and down my back usually alerted me of that. After having that happen countless times I decided that enough was enough.
I’m not even sure how I first came across Hydro Flask, but I do know that I wasn’t immediately sold on it when I did. Sure it looked nice, but would it really keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 like they said? I was definitely skeptical but I decided to give it a go after reading through some reviews. Turns out that it was one of the best purchases that I’ve ever made. Click through to find out why!
The Hydro Flask Website
$54.99 plus shipping
Hydro Flask makes an assortment of different sized bottles that are all made from 18/8 stainless steel. I decided to go with their 64 ounce Water Bottle/Beer Growler so that I could carry as much water as possible. They all feature the same double wall vacuum insulated construction that keeps the temperature of the liquid inside in check. It was just an added bonus that the one that I went with could also be filled up with beer at one of our fine local breweries.
I thought I had messed up when it first arrived. I pulled it out of the box and immediately thought to myself “this thing is tiny”. I held it up next to my old plastic water cooler and it was indeed quite a bit smaller. I decided to fill it up with water and then pour it into the old cooler to see how much less it held. To my surprise it held exactly the same amount. The outside of the old water cooler was larger due to the thickness of its insulated walls. Inside it was considerably smaller, and you could almost fit the Hydro Flask into it. Taking up less room in my bag definitely scored the Hydro Flask some bonus points, but would it really keep my water cold?
I filled it up with water out of the fridge and decided not to put any ice in it, just to see how well it did. By the end of the day not only was the water still cold, but it was still cold enough to give me a brain freeze. I’ve had my Hydro Flask for about three months now. I’ve left it sitting in the sun on 95 degree days for hours while I dug, left it in a hot car all day, and the water still remained cold. Don’t think I mean that the water is just cool. No, it’s pretty much the same temperature that it was when I put it in. Sure I could get all technical and use a thermometer to measure the rate at which the water temperature rises in it, but I’m not going to do that. Just take my word for it when I say that it keeps your beverage cold. I haven’t tested how well it keeps hot beverages hot just yet, but I’m pretty confident that it will do just as well keeping them hot as it does keeping things cold.
– First thing first is that it keeps my water cold all day. It’s awesome to still have ice cold water even after it’s been in the hot sun all day. It definitely makes those long mid-summer days way more bearable.
– It doesn’t leak! Tighten the cap down and you’re good to go. There’s been a few times where I’ve actually thrown it in my bag with my computer. It’s proven that I can have that much confidence in it.
– It’s quite a bit smaller than its plastic water cooler counterpart while still holding the same amount of water. More room for other stuff in your bag is a good thing!
– It’s super easy to clean. I bought a bottle brush to clean out the inside, but since I mostly only use it for water I usually just rinse it out with hot water and call it a day.
– BPA free. I don’t know exactly what BPA is but apparently it’s bad. This doesn’t have it.
– If the lid somehow manages to get broken you can easily get a replacement directly from Hydro Flask. They even offer different styles.
– Double walled construction mean no condensation. No need to worry about this thing sweating all over your stuff like a regular stainless steel bottle will.
– Lifetime warranty. You break it, they replace it!
It’s tough coming up with something that I don’t like about it. It’s pricey but you really can’t even complain about that. You get what you pay for, and this thing does what it says and it’s as tough as nails. I’m pretty damn sure I’ll still be using this same one when I get sent off to the old folks’ home. Maybe they could make an even bigger one?
SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
Absolutely! Do yourself a favor and pick up a Hydro Flask. Like I said before, they come in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate how ever much water you want to carry. There’s nothing better than cracking this thing open and enjoying some ice cold water after a full day of riding or digging. Scratch that! Cracking it open and enjoying some ice cold beer is also right on par with that. Luckily you can put whatever beverage you want to in it!