I’ve seen a lot of empty plastic bottles lying in garbage piles around the world. That’s why, whenever possible, I filter my own water using a SteriPEN and use my own refillable water bottle.
The 21 ounce narrow mouth Hydro Flask is the latest stainless steel bottle that I’ve tested out. Here’s my take…
It gets major bonus points for:
- Being BPA-free (which most bottles nowadays are)
- Being made of non-porous stainless steel – this means that odors and flavors don’t linger and that it’s highly resistant to bacteria
- Having a double wall vacuumed insulation – this means that cold drinks won’t make the bottle sweat and that you won’t feel the heat on your hands from hot drinks
I use this almost every day for keeping my tea warm, but it does fall short of keeping “hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours” as the website states. I might have an hour or two max with a hot drink before it’s tepid. This isn’t a huge deal because, when I travel, I am generally only drinking cold or cool drinks anyway.
Hydro Flasks come in a wide range of sizes (12, 18, 21 and 24 ounces) and mouth sizes (wide and narrow). There are lots of colors, too! You do have to buy the sports cap (that little pop top) separately if you want to drink from the bottle without sipping directly from the it’s rim.
Over all? Yeah, I do recommend this. Having traveled in the heat with bottles that sweat when I put cold water in them, I can say that this feature alone is a huge bonus.
And if you’re looking for something to carry your Hydro Flask around in, try the Go Caddy. This water bottle holder is basically a small daybag that will hold just a few items – your water bottle, cell phone, sunglasses and camera. It’s got an adjustable strap, two outer pockets (one with a secured Velcro closure) and a water bottle sleeve (to stop your bottle from sweating on the other items).
If you’re headed out for a walk on the beach or out for a bike ride, it will hold just what you need but not bog you down like a big daybag might.
SteriPEN water purifier