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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.
Snow Peak Kanpai Vacuum Stainless Bottle & Thermos
In a looks contest the Snow Peak Kanpai and the Klean Kanteen bottle could be considered twins. The Snow Peak is also a double-walled, 18/8 stainless steel bottle with a wide, wide mouth. How wide? You can plunk a regular-sized soda or beer can inside. Screw on the “cold top”, one of three included tops, and break out a cold one while your trail mates are enjoying more water.
There is also a drinking top (“Tumbler”) and a secure hot top (“Thermal”). Again, the drinking lid is not leak proof, but it turns the thermos into an easy sipper. (Note: a regular sized soda can does not fit in the smaller Kanpai bottle (350ml) when using the drinking lid, only with the hot/cold lids.) The security of the cold & hot top is hinged on a sturdy rubber band that wraps around the screw portion of the lid. Should that rubber band come dislodged and somehow find its way into the mouth of a hungry bulldog, as it did for one tester, be sure to reattach it exactly as it is on the intact top—otherwise liquid leak is imminent. Luckily the bulldog’s admittedly weak teeth were no match for the rubber and didn’t damage the band.
The Snow Peak bottle comes in two sizes 350ml (12oz) and 500ml (16oz) and three colors, pearl white, dark silver, and wine red. At $69.75 and $79.95 it is pricier than other models and our tester bottle already has a few scratches and a dent. (Note: The Snow Peak and the Klean Kanteen were late adds to our test and didn't take part in our mountain-side heat retention test.)
12 fl. oz., 16 fl. oz.
12 fl. oz. bottle weighs 13.3 oz. Three color options, white, stainless steel, hot pink