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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.
Bow Valley Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle
This bullet of a bottle is the skinniest of the bunch, great for sliding into an already stuffed messenger bag or a deep side pocket of a pack. BPA free, this bottle is also made of 18/8 stainless steel. The website claims it keeps beverages hot for up to 10 hours if you preheat the bottle. (While conducting this test we learned that preheating really is an important step to maximize a thermos’s heat retention—check out our preheating instructions.) Without preheating, our bottle’s liquid temp dropped 40 degrees in an hour and fifteen minutes on a 27°F day, from 80° to start to 40° to finish. It pays to start with a super hot beverage for this pack-and-go thermos.
The Bow Valley comes with a push-button pouring lid (tucked under a mini cup/cap) which is difficult to tell whether the lid is open or closed—we had a couple embarrassing spills until we paid closer attention. But when we got the hang of it pouring became a one-handed deal...whether filling our dog's water bowl on the trail or adding milk to our Cap'n Crunch, uh Raisin Bran, in an office cubicle.
500 ml (17 fl oz)
Weight: 11 oz.