Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Knives and Multitools

Weekly Obsession: This Compact Flask Could Save Your Life (and Not Just Metaphorically)

Because whiskey and safe hiking go hand-in-hand.

Lock Icon

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

All Access
40% off Season's Streamings Sale
$5/month*

  • A $500 value with everything in the Print + Digital Plan plus 25+ benefits including:
  • Member-only content from every title in the Outside network like Outside, SKI, Climbing, and more
  • Annual gear guides for backpacking, camping, skiing , climbing, and more
  • Gaia GPS Premium with hundreds of maps and global trail recommendations, a $39.99 value
  • Premium access to Outside TV and 1,000+ hours of exclusive shows
  • Exclusive discounts on gear, travel, and race-entry fees
  • Annual subscription to Outside magazine
Join Outside+
Backpacker

Print + Digital
50% off Holiday Sale
$2/month*

  • Annual subscription to Backpacker magazine
  • Access to all member-exclusive content and gear reviews on Backpacker.com
  • Ad-free access to Backpacker.com
Join Backpacker

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

Find more of our favorite gear aimed at helping you stay safe and comfortable in the backcountry in our 2022 Winter Gear Guide.

In August, a group of my friends and I had a fully vaxxed reunion to the Smoky Mountains after a long social drought. We spent four days catching up on the misty trails around the Smokies, and on our last day, we decided to collect some miles on the Appalachian Trail. When we were nearing the end of our hike, my friend pulled something out of his backpack that looked like a stainless steel flashlight.

But the VSSL Flask is much more than just a flashlight. It’s also a compass and a flask, complete with two collapsible stainless steel shot glasses. The 4-mode, SOS-capable LED flashlight shines for 20 hours at 200 lumens and for 40 on the low power setting. The oil-filled compass is easy to read. The flask holds 8 ounces, and the shot glasses hold 1.5 ounces. It’s not just a good flashlight with two mediocre side features. It’s a good flashlight that comes with an equally good compass and flask. That’s rare for multipurpose products.

The VSSL Flask is efficiently designed. The shot glasses nest at the base where the flashlight is, and the compass lid easily unscrews on the other end to pour your drink of choice. At 9 by 2 inches, this flashlight-flask-compass slid into our packs easily. We were able to cheers to the end of a successful reunion without taking up extra space in our daypacks.

The only downside is the weight: 1.31 pounds (without liquid). But, the Flask makes great use of every ounce. Durability is key here, too. If you drop the Flask, you don’t have to worry about damaging the flashlight or compromising the other features. The exterior is made of military-grade aluminum, and a shatterproof, non-permeable glass lines the interior chamber.

Since my trip to the Smokies, I’ve been looking for excuses to tell people about this hard-partying multitool. It’s ideal for day hiking, car camping, or any time you want to celebrate with a festive drink on the trails.


Buy Now; $100