Sharing my Love of Hydroflask…

To my dear Hydroflask,

I am truly blessed to have you in my life.  Since the day we met, you’ve been by my side…through thick and thin, through simmering heat and aching cold.  You’ve always provided comfort, even when comfort was impossible to find.

I am lost without you.

I have forsaken all others for you alone.

Forever yours,

WD

The one that started it all, my 18 ounce Hydroflask in Arctic WhiteI was first introduced to Hydroflask in May 2012, at the Overland Expo near Mormon Lake outside Flagstaff.  The guys from Overland Gourmet had a pile of Hydroflasks for sale at their table and on the last day I decided I would try one out.  So I picked out my favorite: a small 18oz wide-mouth in Arctic White.  The size was perfect for sliding in to the side-pocket of my pack and easily fit in to any cup holder.  Without ice at camp, it wasn’t until I got back to Phoenix that the love-affair began.

May in Phoenix is pretty warm, but really just the beginning of the slow, miserable death-march of an Arizona Summer.  As the average highs quickly soared above 100 degrees, then above 110 degrees, my little 18oz miracle began showing off.

“Ridiculously awesome insulating properties. Large enough for a days worth of fluid.” – from TrekTechBlog.com

Winderness Dave using the 18 ounce wide mouth HydroflaskI’ve been in the desert now for nearly 20 years.  I don’t go anywhere without water.  If I go to the grocery store, I take water…a quick drive to a meeting, I take water…heading across town for dinner, I take water.  For those who have never visited a desert in Summer, you have to understand what happens inside a vehicle in heat like this.  When it’s 120 degrees outside, the inside of your car (with the windows up) can easily blast past 160 degrees.  I know people who have had CDs melt on their dash, and others who have literally burned their hands by touching the steering wheel.  The inside of your vehicle is an inhospitable place during the Summers out here.  Especially for bottles of water…

For many years now, I’ve used reusable bottles.  I try not to use plastic water bottles if I can help it.  I’ve tried most, if not all, the bottles on the market and quickly realized that I needed an insulated bottle if I wanted my water to remain drinkable during the summer out here.  I had tried a few, but they were miserable.  Enter Hydroflask

Assorted Hydroflask bottles

I think the moment I was sold on these little technological wonders was after an especially long afternoon meeting.  I had packed up and headed out, Hydroflask in tow as usual.  The bottle had a half-dozen or so ice-cubes and the rest was filled with room temperature water.  My expectation was simply to have cold water on the way to the meeting and I would get more after.  I drove out to the job site, offering no shade to park under, and left my truck sitting in 115 degree heat.  The meeting ended up lasting over 3 hours (way longer than I like my meetings to last).  When I got back to my truck I could barely stand to be inside of it as I fired it up and cranked the AC to high.

“Unlike other bottles we’ve tested, this thing actually works!” – from Gizmodo.com

my 40 ounce Hydroflask bottle in blueNot expecting it to be drinkable, but needing something after the marathon meeting, I picked up the Hydroflask and heard the tell-tail sounds of ice clinking against the metal interior!  No way!  I unscrewed the lid and there it was, waiting for me…icy refreshment.  After more than 4 hours in a vehicle that surely reached temps well above 140 degrees I still had ice.

Since then, I’ve learned to rely on it.  I’ve left it in the truck for up to 6 hours of brutal Summer punishment and still found icy goodness.  I’ve left it full for 24 hours in 100 degree (daytime) heat and still had ice.  I’ve read some reviews where testers have left the Hydroflask bottles for 3 days in near 90 degree weather and still found slivers of ice in the bottle.  This thing performs above and beyond expectations every time.  The only problem I have had with it is mainly a result of the amount of use and abuse I put mine through.  After about 4 months of daily use, the strap that connects the lid to the bottle broke.  I’ll eventually order another one (or maybe Hydroflask will send me one) and that problem will be solved.  Otherwise, Hydroflask is a Rock Star product.

The Hydroflask collection...

 

“I filled the 18oz bottle with 190ºF water and 4 hrs later the temp was 174ºF at 8hrs it was 161ºF and a full 24hrs later it was 119ºF! Which is still pretty darn warm. As for the cold claims I put 6 regular ice cubes in with cold tap water and 3 days later I still have some small slivers of ice in the bottle. The average temps that the bottles were in hovered around 65ºF. But I will say that we took one of the bottles into a sauna for 45 minutes at 165ºF and the water was still ice cold! All of these number will of course change depending on how often you open the bottles etc… but it should let you know that they really do work very well.” – from Steve “Yeti” Hitchcock at Upadowna.org

A Thank You from Wilderness Dave…

an assortment of Hydroflask insulated bottles

WildernessDave.com has reached a few milestones recently and it’s all because of you guys, my loyal readers (which, thankfully,  has grown beyond my mom).  We all know it’s not about “fans and followers” but I do appreciate that you guys take the time to LIKE my FB page and follow my ramblings on Twitter.  I’ve done some giveaways here and there, mostly with products donated for reviews.  But this time it’s special.  Hydroflask really is my go-to, everyday, never-leaves-my-side gear and I want you guys to have a chance to own one.

So, I reached out to Hydroflask and asked if they would be willing to offer up something for you guys.  And they said yes!  So someone will be winning their choice of two (2) 21 ounce standard mouth bottles (you pick the color) courtesy of Hydroflask.

THEN…I will pick TWO MORE WINNERS and each of them will get a brand new 18 ounce wide mouth bottle (I have one in black with the hydro-flip lid and one in red with the standard wide-mouth lid).

Get your entries in below.  I’ll make it super easy, just be a FB fan or Twitter follower and/or comment on this post below.  Make sure you confirm your entries in the Rafflecopter widget so they get counted.  And if you follow my posts on G+, just leave a comment letting me know (and give it a +1 while you’re at it!).

 

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Dave Creech is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona. He shares his personal story and lifelong passion for travel and rugged outdoor adventure through his blog at WildernessDave.com. David’s focus has been on trip stories, gear reviews, Wilderness Medicine and a series of articles aimed at introducing Yoga to hikers and backpackers as a path to staying fit, healthy and injury free.

Comments

  1. A great product and an ever better review. Look forward to trying em out.

  2. One thing I never leave behind is a Tilley Hat. I have a large brim sun hat and a winter tec-wool. I almost never leave the house without it and on a hike or outdoor adventure It’s always with me!

  3. Awesome review! Thanks!

  4. Jason Wicklund says:

    I’m in ! thanks for the great review!

  5. I really love our Kelty Kids backpack carrier :)

  6. One piece of gear that I love that has to be the cheapest thing I own or carry is a tiny battery operated fan from the dollar store. Can’t say I came up with it myself. I was at a shelter on the AT when a large group came up and watched as an older guy started to build a fire to cook. He built his little tee pee of wood, struck a flint and then whipped out a little fan (the type with just a handle and a fan with a plastic blade) and had a fire going in a second. While myself and others watched thinking why had we not thought of that to get a fire going. Cheap and good.

    • Nice! That totally works. On the river, we used to spoil ourselves with blow-up air mattresses sometimes. The battery powered pumps to blow those things up were used more than once to get a fire stoked. Those little tricks are the benefit of hanging out with the more “seasoned” outdoorsmen. ;)

  7. christopher sorel says:

    The hydroflask with my areopress make morning great. At work or camping or hiking or before sons hockey.

  8. Thanks for the review. This will be the perfect gift for my boss for Christmas. She is a water snob and will only drink cold water and is grumpy without, so will be also be a gift to me to not live with a grumpy boss. ha ha.

  9. Nice Review! It occurred to me the other day walking past my local outdoors store that every item I was wearing was something I first learned about through one of the hiker-oriented blogs I follow, and from my boots to my baselayer, none of it was offered in that store. Don’t know if that store carries Hydroflask, but I intend to add it to my stuff based on your review.

  10. A piece of gear I absolutely love is my new Big Agnes double wide sleeping bag. It’s the bomb. I usually freeze at night when summer camping and it kept me warm while sleeping in 20 degrees. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity and great review!

  11. I too have a love affair with my hydroflasks!! I discovered them this summer in the Memphis heat and had a similar experience upon the first time I used it…went above and beyond my expectations and continues to perform. I wanted something that did not sweat and kept water cool…I could have never imagined it would keep it COLD for that long and that’s when I became obsessed. I have 4…one wide mouth for work with flip lid, one wide mouth for play with screw cap and a 21 oz standard and 18 oz narrow both with sport caps that I take to sport events and my boot camp class! I tell everyone I know (and they think I am crazy til they see for themselves) and they make the perfect gift!! It just seems rare these days with all the hyped up products that something actually works as advertised and HYDROFLASK gets the job done and that’s why I have to spread the word…well worth the few extra bucks and toss all others!

    • Leah! :)

      That’s awesome! So good to hear of someone else discovering these awesome bottles! I never thought I would get so excited about a bottle, but it works and it’s awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience with them, Leah!

  12. Cool review!

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