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No one takes a to-go cup on the trail. Unless it's one of these hardy thermoses or hot/cold bottles.
office park cool, backcountry approved
Klean Kanteen Insulated
From the makers of copious water bottles, comes a wide-mouth (2.125” according to their website), vacuum insulated, and BPA-free hot/cold bottle. Made of 18/8 stainless steel (which means 18% chromium and 8% nickel—the higher the numbers the more corrosion resistant, and the presence of nickel means the bottle isn’t magnetic according to the Stainless Steel Information Center), the bottle has a cup-holder friendly design and comes in three sizes, 12 oz., 16 oz., and 20 oz.
One tester filled her bottle (which she preheated with warm water -- check out our instructions on preheating) at home with hot tea and found it too hot to drink after an hour’s drive to the trailhead. After four hours of cross-country skiing she returned to warm, drinkable tea. The bottle comes with two lids, a café, or drinking lid, and a loop cap, which is the secure (very secure), insulating cap and a great way to attach the bottle to your pack with a carabiner or strap. Both testers remarked that the café lid is not super secure, “but, in the company’s defense, there is a warning on the tag when you get it. When I used the regular lid I didn’t find leaking a problem at all.” It’s a bit of a drag to have two lids: We propose making the drinking lid attachable to the bottle, or being able to screw the solid lid over the drinking lid. Bonus: The wide mouth and rounded corners make hand-washing (a must with most stainless steel thermoses) a breeze.
12 fl. oz., 16 fl. oz., 20 fl. oz.
$22.95, $25.95, $27.95
16 fl. oz. bottle weighs 9.8 oz. Extra caps available, no sport cap
One color, stainless steel