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Gear Review: Hydro Flask

We’ve recently been given the opportunity to review a Hydro Flask which guarantees to keep your drinks hot (for up to 6hrs) or cold (for up to 24hrs). Going by past experiences with flasks that’s a lot to promise for a small flask. So game on, Hydro Flask, let’s see how you got on.

According to Hydro Flask, it’s got a lot to offer including:

  • TempShieldTM Protected
  • Keeps cold up to 24 hours
  • Keeps hot up to 6 hours
  • 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel
  • BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free
  • Durable, sweat-free powder coat finish (or Classic Stainless option)
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Compatible with Standard Loop Cap and Sport Cap

The TempShield™ is a double wall, vacuum insulated technology that guards the temperature of your drink. I was interested to see how this would differ from other brands that I’ve previously tried that have promised the same, but only delivered a lukewarm coffee just a few hours later. The Hydro Flask had a lot to live up to. On their website, they promise “you’ll still have ice in the afternoon. Hectic morning getting in the way of your coffee sipping? No problem. We’ll keep it hot until you’re ready. We also guarantee no condensation or heat transfer to the outside of the bottle, ever.”

Luckily, I was able to test this out straight away with a rainy morning spent at the park. My son was in the mood for playtime, and I was definitely going to need some more coffee to keep up with him. On those rare moments throughout the morning that I was able to stop and catch my breath, a quick sip of hot coffee was very much welcomed, and although I didn’t finish it, I did check a about 5 hours later and the coffee was still hot. Definitely looking promising.

The size of flask is handy, as it fit in daybags easily and the loop means you can attach it to bag straps easy too. Being wary of how much bag weight we carry when we’re walking and wildcamping out in the mountains with our son, the first thing I noticed was the weight of the flask. It weighs a staggering 318g empty, so to be honest it won’t be something we’ll be taking on our overnight walks. On longer daywalks though, I can really see the appeal of taking this flask full of a hot or cold drink with you.

Review of HydroFlask by An Outdoors Family

I really wanted to see how it got on with colder drinks too so I took it to the beach filled with banana milkshake to give my son a well deserved energy burst throughout the day. I filled it with a couple of ice cubes too and it was really refreshing to gulp down. It really did stay cool.

The flask surface is slightly rough so it doesn’t slip easily. I have read reviews where people have knocked it or dropped it and the flask has been easily dented, affecting the insulation but we haven’t had any issues at all.

The flask is available in bright and funky colours unlike many other flask manufacturers. Flatcaps are not necessary to complete the stereotype of carrying a flask. Performance-wise, it’s delivered exactly what it says which is very good for a small flask and much better than many small steel flasks we’ve had. We would thoroughly recommend this as a stylish high-performance flask although as with most things, you pay more for better quality (Online prices vary between £20-£25) and this is no exception. It’s fair to say we’re impressed, it’s a practical piece of kit and we’re looking forward to taking it out on days we’re out and about throughout the summer.




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